NEWS! – Winter is Upon Us

Thank you to everyone who visited Pincu Pottery in 2013 – whether to browse, shop or play with clay. I really appreciate the support from locals and visitors!!! Thanks, too, to those that found me at the Southern Highlands Craft Fair or the WNC Pottery Festival!

The winter holidays are right around the corner and I wanted to let you know about some GREAT OPPORTUNITIES for you and your loved ones to make this season even more special!

GIFT CERTIFICATES are available!!

Any amount may be used towards a pot purchase OR a clay class. This is a GREAT gift for anyone aged 8 and up!


ready to be picked up Dec. 21st

  •  Friday, December 6 from 7-9 pm: CLAY PLAQUES (house # or name) $30 per

Adults only. Make a tile to hang on the wall – house number or name, initials, etc. Fine for covered outdoor walls.

  •  Saturday, December 7 from 10-noon: CLAY ANGELS! $30 per person

Bring the entire family to make a family of angels!

  •  Friday, December 13 from 7-9 pm: MAKE A MUG! $25 per

Make a personalized mug or cup to give to that special someone for the holidays!


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday!!!

I will participate in the Stecoah Valley Artisans Drive About November 29th and 30th. Stop by to enter a raffle to win a small pot.

I hope to open my shop on Sunday, December 1 for those of you that cannot make it to my shop for your Christmas shopping. Stop by my online store Sunday after noon. Gift certificates will also be available online for those vacationing in the area in 2014!

 Up and Coming:

 Throwing Kids Pottery Wheel Class

Fridays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

January 3, 10, 17, 24

$90 includes everything!

Minimum 4 students, maximum 5

Reserve your spot NOW! 828-488-0480 or


5 potters, including yours truly, will open a beautiful clay gallery in the River Arts District in Asheville for 2014. We are excited to be a part of this growing arts community! Make plans to visit the new gallery next year!

Did you know Pincu Pottery is on Facebook? See all the wonderful creations being made by students! Comment and post your own photos of your pots in use.

Pincu Pottery is also reviewed on Trip Advisor. Add your own review or read others’ reviews.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you sometime soon!


Elise Delfield

Potter and clay instructor

Pottery Shop Shopping – Gracious Fanatics

I wanted to post this fabulous, short documentary, called “Gracious Fanatics: The Passion for Pottery in North Carolina,” on the ‘Kiln Opening’ phenomenon.    For those of you unaware, there are some potters out there (I am not one of them….yet!) that experience a horde of shoppers at their publicized ‘kiln opening’ events.  These are not your ordinary shoppers – these are Black Friday style shoppers:

They camp out the night before to be first in line, push their way in when the open bell rings, grab everything in site along with coveted pieces and just plain go bezerk to get some really great pots.

I have witnessed this first hand once in Athens, Georgia at Ron Meyers and Michael Simon’s annual sale event (sadly, this one no longer takes place).  I got there before the police tape was cut; and when it was there was a mad rush to the pots.  Before I could turn around and look at my second pot, most were already gone.  Around the building were picnic blankets set up and folks hovering over their booty, deciding what they really want to purchase and trading pots with other shoppers.  It was unreal!  I did end up with some nice little pots, but I was both appalled and amazed at the frenzy at which people enthusiastically ran to purchase handmade pottery!


Anyway, I hope you enjoy this trip to Mark Hewitt’s Kiln Opening as much as I did:,254

And don’t forget to check out his link and look at his wonderful pottery!  Mark is a phenomenal potter in the North Carolina tradition.


Oh – and I might as well take the time to let you know that I will be hosting my Annual Open House event on April 29th.  Stay tuned for details!!!