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Elise Delfield

I am a full-time studio potter and pottery instructor, living and working in beautiful Bryson City, North Carolina, a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

My goal is to make Unique and beautiful pottery that is appropriate for every day and special occassions. My pottery is hand-crafted, either on the potter's wheel or with slabs of clay (hand built).

My focus is on function, and I strive to make sure my pottery feels comfortable in the hand and functions well. Beyond that basic premise, I try to imbue in my pots my interpretation of the colors and forms I see here in my Western North Carolina home. I chose to use red clay as a symbol of the wonderful red dirt under my feet. (I also chose it because historically it has been the most abundant clay and the clay used for regular folk, as opposed to the porcelain of kings and queens). The dents I sometimes put in my pots reference budding flowers and the undulating landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains. And before I glaze my pots with my unique glaze, formulated through years of research, I paint each like a unique watercolor painting, adding color and form reminiscent of flowers and songbirds and butterflies.

I fire my pottery in an electric kiln to cone 4 (2100 degrees F) so that each piece sings when tapped.  I just love the high pitch sound of a "tight" clay body and feel that sound, as well as touch, are important to the overall sensory experience of handmade pottery.

I am a proud member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. My pottery has been published in several books and has found its way to Europe, Asia and Australia.

Along with making pottery, I also teach.  I am a faculty member at Southwestern Community College in the Heritage Arts program that offers a Master Potter Certificate. I have also taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School, at studios around the country and via Skype.

When I am not making or teaching, I try to spend time outdoors. I love to hike with my husband Jeff and dog, Peetee. If it gets too hot, Jeff and I attempt to whitewater kayak (we are new to the sport). And of course, I love to have a garden and grow my own food - it just tastes so much better! In my dreams I have a wood oven to bake bread, right now I bake in my gas oven.

In the evenings, I enjoy playing tug-of-war with Peetee, knitting and sitting on the couch, watching movies and eating popcorn and drinking craft beer with Jeff. Occasionally I will pick up the upright bass and jam with Jeff and friends.

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