Elizabeth Nields learned to work with clay apprentice-style at Baldwin Pottery in NYC. She also studied ceramics at Danske Selskab, Greenwich House Pottery, Penland School of Crafts, and Brookfield Craft Center. She studied drawing, painting and sculpture at New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Boston Museum School, and Adelphi University. She has a B.A. cum laude from Radcliffe College.
She was an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University, where she taught glaze formulation, Japanese ceramics, ceramic sculpture, wheel and handbuilding as well as various advanced classes and workshops. She has taught intensive workshops at Baldwin Pottery, Adelphi University, Montclair State College and Hartwick College. She was Visiting Artist in Ceramics at the State University College in Oneonta for many years.
Elizabeth Nields has been conducting Clay Workshops at her studio in Otego, New York since 1974, including a month long intensive workshop every August. She has led workshops through Arts in Education Program, Fenner Studio Art School and Smithy-Pioneer Gallery.