About Elaine


Elaine Xenelis Fuller began pottery classes at the Worcester Craft Center in 1978. Falling in love with clay work she continued her studies with classes, workshops and at Wesleyan University under Mary Risley where she received a Masters in Liberal Studies in 1983. She left her work in clay for 10 years to start a family.

Since her return to ceramics in 1993, she established the pottery business, Handmade By Elaine in a studio overlooking the South Cove in Old Saybrook, Connecticut where she worked teaching, mentoring and participating in the artistic community for 14 years.

In 2007 relocation brought her to the historic Kittery Foreside district to open The Red Door Pottery Studio in the former Knights of Pythias Hall where the pottery is made, lessons taught and guests are invited observe the creative passion of this place.

Elaine was the 2021 recipient of a grant to become a mentor for the CAP program,Maine Craft Apprentice. This work culminated in a show at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. It is gratifying to her to pass her knowledge to the younger generation.

Elaine is a member of the Maine Crafts Association, Maine Made the Sothern Maine Clay guild, the New Hampshire Potter Guild. Since 2009 she has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen participating in all their gallery shops.

In 2017 the journal Clay Times published Elaineā€˜s article "The Pottery Traditions of Lesvos Island Greece."

Elaine continues to support her community with fundraisers for the food pantry and for those with housing insecurity.