Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada · 760 Sales

Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada 760 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(249)

Announcement   Clayshapes is a whimsical and eclectic collection of organic-shaped pottery - handmade and hand painted in splashes of saturated color. Visit often - there are always new "Clayshapes" coming out of my kiln.
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @clayshapes, and look for Clayshapes on Facebook, for a daily peek into my studio process.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 25, 2016

Clayshapes is a whimsical and eclectic collection of organic-shaped pottery - handmade and hand painted in splashes of saturated color. Visit often - there are always new "Clayshapes" coming out of my kiln.
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @clayshapes, and look for Clayshapes on Facebook, for a daily peek into my studio process.

Leslie Fruman

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Leslie Fruman

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(249)
barbararudolph

barbararudolph on Nov 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous piece! I love color and texture. Thank you so much Leslie, also for your excellent customer service :)

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Updates

Fancy! These intricate rectangle trays will dress up your table for snacks, or your vanity for your treasures...
I have a few be Polar Bear ornaments in my shop today!
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About

My Second Career: Adventures in Clay

I started dabbling in ceramics in 2010, when I was taking a short break from a busy, long-term career as a journalist and television producer. I was looking for a hands-on hobby and signed up for a pottery course at a local museum in Toronto, where I live.

Immediately, something just clicked.

Within a few months I bought a used kiln on craigslist, and set up a home studio...and within a year - I'd quit my job to continue making pottery full time.

It's not as big a stretch as it sounds - I come from a very creative family - everyone is a maker of some kind - mostly painters, but my mother and aunts all did some pottery, too. I always wondered if I had the gene that fueled their creativity, and now I'm happily exploring it, up to my elbows in mud.

My work changes regularly - but it is marked by simple organic forms, and a penchant for surface decoration. One perennial theme is botanicals - another is combining textures using stamps, lace, and anything, really, that will make a mark on clay - into pleasing designs.

My palette also changes regularly - but there is always clear, deep, and bright colour on my brushes.

I work exclusively with hand built slabs - I don't use a pottery wheel - and my Clayshapes are always a little wonky - never perfectly round or square - you will never mistake my work for something that came from a factory. It is obviously handmade - but completely functional - and always dishwasher safe.

I work from my two home studios - one in Toronto, and the other at my cottage in Prince Edward County. And I am on the road quite often selling my work at juried artisan shows, near and far.

I hope you will visit here often - there are always new Clayshapes coming out of my kiln.

Visit my shop, here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Clayshapes?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav
If you'd like a peek at my handmade life, follow me on instagram and Facebook - just look for Clayshapes once you're there. (Links below)

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Shop members

  • Leslie Fruman

    Owner, Maker

    I used to be a journalist and television producer...but I gave that up recently, to explore something more tactile -- creating organic shapes in a rainbow of colour using clay as my medium.

  • Gracie the Schnoodle

    Assistant In Charge Of Scheduling And Treats

    Gracie is in charge of making sure we take breaks at appropriate times, get out for some fresh air...and have treats before we start working again.

Local

Find Clayshapes at the following upcoming markets!

  • One of a Kind Show and Sale

    Enercare Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd

    Toronto, ON

    Nov 24–Dec 4

    Since its inception in 1975, One of a Kind has been cultivating creativity, craftsmanship and connection in order to deliver an inspired shopping experience.

  • Toronto Etsy Street Team's Christmas Marketplace

    St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Avenue

    Toronto, ON

    Dec 17

    Christmas time is prime time for craft shows so we wanted to let you know all about our cozy , intimate handmade show, one the LAST shopping weekend before Christmas! Come and get your last minute shopping done at THE TORONTO ETSY STREET TEAM's third annual Christmas Marketplace! Come on down! We'll have amazing handmade and vintage sellers, festive music, yummy treats!! AND a crafts table for the kids! And the thing everyone always is happy for; the first 50 shoppers through the doors at 11AM will get one of our coveted swag bags filled with goodies and offers from our amazing vendors and sponsors!

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on May 5, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

All Clayshapes dishes, plates, platters, bowls and cups are dishwasher safe. But Clayshapes jewelry - pendants, earrings, brooches and rings - should not be exposed to excessive moisture - please don't wear these pieces while swimming or bathing as the glued connection between metal and clay will be degraded.

Custom and personalized orders

Most custom orders take 2-3 weeks to make, before shipping.

Wholesale availability

Please send me a message for details.