Elise Pincu Delfield, Potter

Elise Pincu Delfield is a potter in Bryson City, North Carolina.  From her studio, Pincu Pottery, she creates comfortable and beautiful pots for the home.  Each thrown piece enhances the table, the pleasure of food and the nourishment of the soul.

Elise uses a rich, red clay similar to the red mountain soil found in Western NC. Long hikes provide the colors and patterns that roll around in my memory, synthesize and are drawn out over the clay, and the shape itself.

Inspired by the lively colors found in blooming mountain flowers, butterflies and bird feathers, Elise applies brush strokes of colorants to the surface. It is my intention for each pot to be a unique flower, part of a larger garden family. The individuality of each pot, I hope, reminds the user that it is handmade and not part of our mass produced world.

Either wheel thrown or hand built, Elise’s pottery is hand crafted by her alone. Once the pot is air dry it is coated with a white clay slip. After the first firing (bisque) she paints with food safe ceramic color stains and glazes using brushes and applicators. They are then dipped in a unique glaze she formulates to grow small micro-crystals in the kiln. The heat from the electric kiln (final glaze firing to around 2130 degrees F) distorts the paintings and slow cooling adds a layer of ‘sugar’ or micro-crystals, aiding in the uniqueness of each pot.

  • Media:
    Clay, Ceramics
  • Website:
  • Phone:
    828-488-0480
  • Address:
    Bryson City, NC
  • Email:
    pincupottery (at) gmail (dot) com

Elise Pincu Delfield

Elise Willa Pincu Delfield is a studio potter and ceramics instructor in Bryson City, North Carolina. She received her B.A. In Liberal Arts with a concentration in Ceramic Arts from the University of Florida in 1996.

From there she continued to develop her pottery at Eastern Kentucky University as the Resident Artist, a Spring Concentration student at Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Cleveland Institute of Arts Post-Baccalaureate student, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as the Ceramic Department Studio Technician, and the University of Miami as the Resident Artist.

During her time as Studio Tech, the Pincu Pottery business was formed and Elise traveled to various outdoor retail art/craft shows where she took home numerous awards. In 2000, Elise took a brief hiatus from clay and began a 5-year career in Library Science, earning her MA degree. In 2006, after moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Pincu Pottery was born again.

Elise has been working on a line of studio pottery as well as teaching at the Heritage Arts Institute of Southwestern Community College ever since.  In 2010, Elise became a member of the prestigious Southern Highlands Craft Guild.  Beyond clay, Elise is interested in hiking with her beloved husband and dogs, cooking, baking artisan breads and growing her own fruits and vegetables in her garden.

1993- Took first pottery class at University of Florida student union.

1996 – Completed coursework for ceramics at the University of Florida, Fine Arts Dept. Studied with Linda Arbuckle and Nan Smith.

1996 – Attended Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts to study with Peter Beasecker

1997 – Attended Spring Concentration with Michael Corney, Penland School of Arts and Crafts

1997 – Began a year-long post-baccalaureate program at Cleveland Institute of Art studied with Judith Solomon and Bill Brouillard

1997– Studio Assistant for Angelica Pozo for a week-long tile class at Penland School of Art and Craft

1998 – One year Studio Assistant at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania

1998 – Started my business – Pincu Pottery

1999 – One year Artist in Residence at the University of Miami, Florida.

2000 – Started a full-time career as a librarian

2006 – Moved to Bryson City, North Carolina

2007 – Began teaching Continuing Education ceramics classes at Southwestern Community College in the Heritage Arts program. I continue to teach handbuilding and wheel throwing classes, ceramic history, glaze calculation and other courses related the the business of ceramic arts.

2010 – Accepted into the Southern Highlands Craft Guild membership.

2013 – Invited to teach at the John C. Campbell Folk School

2014 – Works published in American iPottery by Kevin Hlutch an In the Potter’s Kitchen  by Sumi von Dassow

2015 – Authored “Out of Round” in Pottery Making Illustrated, Nov/Dec