Nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, is Elise's pottery studio. Carefully creating her detailed ceramic wares, Elise draws inspiration from the natural wonder of the landscapes all around her. Hiking through mountains and forests, playing in the rivers, and stopping to appreciate wild flowers and berries all lend their beauty to the creation of each handmade piece.
Working with clay, Elise feels both a literal and emotional connection with the earth. Moulding and shaping lumps of clay with her bare hands, she transforms them in to elegant and unique works of functional art. Each designed to bring people together through the joy of sharing a wonderful drink or delicious meal served through beautifully handcrafted ceramics.
Elise first began her journey with ceramics in 2008 with her first class in pottery. She instantly was hooked and fell in love with the tactile nature of this material. The words her professor resonated with her, stressing the importance of not only design of the work, but also how the vessel functions practically. To think of this vessel being used, held up to your lips, in your hands? This added dimension of aesthetic has been the driving force for all of her work and continues to inspire her to perfect her craft.
After graduating, Elise studied with Joe and Cindy Delwaide in Texas. They both taught Elise to have fun with clay, not take life too seriously, and most importantly that the best work happens when you are doing what you love.