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