Elise Willa Pincu Delfield
Bryson City, North Carolina
I strive to make comfortable and beautiful pots for the home that enhance the pleasure of food and the nourishment of the soul. Nature plays a large, inspirational role for both the design and decoration of my pottery. Primarily inspired by my local environment, I use a rich, red clay that references our red mountain dirt and lively colors found in blooming mountain flowers, butterflies and bird feathers. Long hikes provide the colors and patterns that roll around in my memory, synthesize and are drawn out over the clay, either in the way I shape wet, newly thrown clay or apply brush strokes of ceramic 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.
My grandfather used to tell me not to go looking for love, it will come to me. Pottery making came to me at the University of Florida—and it was love at first touch. I had not taken art classes or considered myself capable of creating anything beautiful or useful before that first day at the wheel. Once that lump of clay took shape (and a horrible, lumpy shape it was) as a vessel to contain, I was hooked. I was in love and wanted nothing more than to spend my life working on making a better pot. 23 years later I am pretty proud of my work and still striving to make better pots.