Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada · 833 Sales

Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada 833 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(270)

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 Dec 31, 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
(270)
Shirley Evans

Shirley Evans on May 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My order was well packaged and arrived very swiftly ( thank you ! ). These are the most beautiful beads I have ever purchased. The quality is superb. The colors are bright but muted. I am extremely pleased!

Shirley Evans

Shirley Evans on May 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love rustic and these beads are the most beautiful I have ever purchased! The quality is superb and the color is bright but muted. My purchase was well packaged and shipping was very swift. Thank you!

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Updates

A vintage lace doily created the intricate texture on this lotus flower ring bowl.
Artisan ceramic beads for whatever masterpiece you are creating!
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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.

My palette also changes regularly - but people often comment on how unusually colourful my work is.

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 - so you will never mistake my work for something that comes 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 another 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. (or click on the 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.

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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.