CLAY AND CRAFT is a collection of ceramic or handcrafted pottery created by Nicole Novena ranging from kitchen and tabletop wares to home decor goods and jewelry. Each work of art is modern, simple and timeless. We believe in thoughtful, timeless design and follow a less is more approach with each handmade pottery creation. 

Our goal is to create functional home goods for simple, modern living. Our drinkware, dinnerware and vases are equally beautiful as useful. Intended to heirlooms for gatherings and everyday rituals. Our pottery is often gifted to love ones, newlyweds and anyone who appreciates handcrafted home decor and interior design.

Named a “Best of San Diego” business by San Diego Magazine and an Etsy Design Award Finalist, our modern pottery and ceramics have been commissioned for television commercials, can be found in restaurants and is popping up in homes across the country.

Today, CLAY AND CRAFT is a small, home based ceramics studio located in San Diego in the seaside community of Encinitas, California. While we've refined our pottery and can be found in coffee shops, television commercials, advertisements, restaurants and homes across the United States, we're a continuously evolving, work in process that has been years in the making. We believe in doing what's needed today to get to where you want to be tomorrow. We're dreaming of bigger things but for now, we're rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty!  

Follow our clay covered journey at @nicolenovena on Instagram or @clayandcraft on Facebook. 

Nicole Novena Ceramic Artist San Diego

Nicole Novena - A San Diego, California Based Potter / Contemporary Ceramic Artist

Clay covered + forever making. And, currently creating pottery in San Diego, CA.

Born in Bennington, Vermont (home to Bennington Potters) and current resident of Encinitas, just outside of San Diego, California, CLAY AND CRAFT owner / ceramic artist, Nicole Novena was first exposed to clay in high school and has been creating ceramics since. She comes from a lineage of creatives; from everyday painters to successful film makers, her desire to create is a trait she is thankful to have inherited.  

Since day one, Nicole has been drawn to simple designs and natural elements. Her work exercises restraint and discipline.

CLAY AND CRAFT is the output of 20+ years of pottery exploration coupled with 15 years of marketing + business experience. 

In 2016, Nicole launched CLAY AND CRAFT. 

Hooper - Our Pottery Studio Assistant

Hooper, a Bernese Mountain Dog, is CLAY AND CRAFT's trusted studio assistant. He is a rambunctious, loving Bernese Mountain Dog who adds a tremendous amount of personality to the studio. When not in time out for eating clay he provides loads of pottery studio support. He is beyond loyal and by our side every step of the way.



  • CREATE WITH INTENTION - Made in California with locally sourced materials. Our ceramics are timeless, minimal and thoughtfully designed to feel good and function well. We strive to create heirlooms that stand the test of time with a less is more approach.

  • LINK TO NATURE - From the earth’s soil to functional, useful organic objects to fuel our everyday. We’ve found that magical raw yet refined blend. And, feel grateful to provide an outlet for others to connect with clay.

  • SLOW MADE - We’re about getting back to the basics, conscious consumption, thoughtful gifting, celebrating handmade and championing modern artisan culture.

  • MADE FOR GATHERING + GIFTING - Intended to be shared with loved ones and gifted to those that matter most. Your home is sacred, we’re honored to be a small part of it.

  • CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS, SPREAD IT - We’re on a mission to share our craft, encourage creativity and provide that much needed dose of creative care.