Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada · 723 Sales

Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada 723 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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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.

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Last updated on Mar 16, 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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I've been experimenting with some new ( to me) speckled stoneware clay- I think the freckles revealed with Clayshapes are glaze fired are really fun!
These little bits of porcelain are hand shaped and dabbed with a bit of crackling Aqua glaze. They are created from small pieces of clay left over from larger pieces. They get turned into pendants, rings and earrings. I'm always wearing a few myself!
Pinch pots in green and bronze are back in stock!
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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 home studio, but 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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  • 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!

  • Artfest Toronto at the Distillery

    55 Mill street,

    Toronto, ON

    May 21–23

    Artfest Toronto outdoor art and craft shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.

  • TEST's Midsummer Market

    Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West

    Toronto, ON

    Jun 18

    Come shop from a variety of local TEST makers, vintage curators, photographers and crafty peeps at the 6th Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Midsummer Market! We look forward to seeing you at this summer TEST Market right downtown on Queen West!

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