About Elise Willa Pincu Delfield

Potter of Handmade, functional and beautiful pottery made in Western North Carolina

I make functional  pottery for the artful table.  My pottery is handmade, covered with non-toxic, unique glaze that I formulated through years of research and fired in an electric kiln so that each piece sings when tapped.  It is my intention that my pottery be used – everyday, for special occasions, as a display piece, etc.  I am a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Along with making pottery, I also teach.  Anyone is welcome to learn the basics of pottery making in my studio and I teach part-time at Southwestern Community College in the Heritage Arts program that offers a Master Potter Certificate.

When I was a child, things were purchased, folks were hired to fix things – my parents were hard working business types and didn’t have time to spend on making things, other than dinner. In college, I took a pottery class at the student union and fell in love.  I fell in love not only with the material, but mostly with the act of making.  Working with my hands, creating life from mud and in a short time, that object being something so useful, so basic, was exhilarating.  Enough so, that I changed my focus in college and was determined to make pottery my life’s work.

After exhausting the ceramics courses at the University of Florida, I moved on to various studios, including Cleveland Institute of Art, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Edinboro University to hone my skills and start my pottery life.  Two years after I started Pincu Pottery, I decided financial stability was more important than pottery and I became a librarian.  Five years later I was back to making pots.

Now I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, make pots, teach and hike with my wonderful husband (librarian by day, banjo maker by night) and two dogs, Peetee and Clyde.

You are welcome to contact me (NO SPAM, PLEASE) to inquire about my pottery for sale or workshops I conduct.  Email me at pincupottery(at)gmail.com

Please take a look at my Artist Statement and Resume.

11 Responses

  1. Love your blog!! And your pottery, photography and bread!

  2. Hi Elise! I announced your grand opening on my FaceBook page. Hope you have a great turnout :-D

  3. I just bought one of your mugs and it’s beautiful!!! I will come see Pincu someday hopefully soon. I grew up in Kenya and did pottery at my high school there. Just moved to Robbinsville but am looking for opportunities in claywork.


  4. I bought a beautiful teapot and 2 cups on Sunday! They are so wonderful!!! So are you! I am so happy with my purchase! I also enjoyed talking to you and your husband – its funny, I saw so much pottery on Sunday – but yours was the only one that “spoke” to my soul!!! I am the blonde that came back 3 times before I made my purchase! I am thrilled! I will purchase many more items!!! Have a great day! Mo

  5. I was so excited to win your bowl today at the silent auction at the WNC pottery festival in Dillsboro! Love your work and have included your piece with my growing pottery collection of WNC potters. Reading your bio, saw that you were a librarian and now make pots full time. I am a librarian at an elementary school and look forward in a few more years to retiring (early!) and following my passion as well! Thanks for sharing your gift and creating the gorgeous pots that you make.

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