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a little bit about me

hey there! I'm nicole winters, the maker behind OMshaka handmade. I grew up in virginia beach, VA, where I spent as much time as possible at the beach. I went to college at UMW in fredericksburg, VA, where I double majored in creative writing and studio art with a focus in ceramics. I currently live in escondido, CA, and I am l o v i n g life on the west coast.

creating has always been a huge part of my identity -- whether it be poetry, prose, pottery, or yoga flows, I'm always working on something, and my deep connections to nature & my yoga practices hugely influence my lifestyle and creative work. growing up, I was primarily into painting and drawing, but the second I stepped into the ceramics studio in college, I was hooked. I instantly fell in love with the messy, earthy quality of the medium, and it became an incredibly important creative outlet for me. 

 I'm a one-woman operation, and I make all of my pieces in my home studio. my work is deeply influenced by my yoga practice and my connection to & exploration of nature, and you'll often find me at the beach or off on a hike with ly, chasing sunsets & looking for inspiration.

&, in addition to being a potter, I am also a poet & yoga teacher! my first book of poetry, brackish, is forthcoming from finishing line press in august of 2022. for more info, check out the links below!

written work

yoga offerings


all photos by: Colton Zobel
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