Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada · 745 Sales

Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada 745 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(244)

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 Aug 6, 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

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(244)
melsainthilaire

melsainthilaire on Sep 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolument magnifique! Les couleurs sont splendides. L'artisane a fourni un service exemplaire en s'assurant que je reçoive le bol à temps pour l'anniversaire de ma soeur. Merci Leslie!

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Updates

This yellow glaze turns a bit rusty- like fall- when it gets near the green Ginkgo leaf! Kiln Magic!
Ginkgo leaves turn bright yellow in the autumn - here's one to keep, when all those fallen leaves have blown away...
You can never have too many little bowls! A dragonfly on a textured teal green background- the perfect resting place for treasures and treats.
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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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  • 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!

  • Makeology Holiday Fair

    Hamilton Museum Of Steam And Technology, 800 Woodward Avenue

    Hamilton, ON

    Nov 19

    Shop local this holiday season from some of the best local handmade vendors! Join us November 19 from 11am to 5pm at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology for some handmade shopping, swag bags, and yummy food! The first 50 people will get a swag bag full of goodies! For more info visit www.makeology.ca

  • 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.

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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.