The Mud Place: Handcrafted Pottery by Leslie

Melbourne, Florida · 3472 Sales


The Mud Place: Handcrafted Pottery by Leslie

Melbourne, Florida 3472 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

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TheMudPlace is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I am taking a little break. I will open my shop back up in a few days, so please check back soon. Thank you for stopping by! ~Leslie

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Last updated on May 25, 2017

I am taking a little break. I will open my shop back up in a few days, so please check back soon. Thank you for stopping by! ~Leslie


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Ryan B.

Ryan B. on May 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I can't wait to place this in my kitchen! I love the design and the colors are a little darker than I'd imagined, but it looks great! I'm thrilled with this!

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My Story

I grew up in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, where I first started my studio. I discovered an interest in clay with a pottery class I took in Jr. High School. It was just basic hand building techniques, like slab and coil work, but it was enough to plant a seed. The first time I had access to a pottery wheel, I was in High School. After my very first session on the potter's wheel, I was hooked! I began going every day to practice, and spent as much time as I could in the school's ceramics room, sometimes taking up to 4 ceramics classes a day.

Working in clay became my passion and even then, I knew I wanted to be a potter. It was a difficult time in my life and I think that is why I focused most of my energy into pottery. During my senior year, I was able to take a Raku workshop at Peters Valley Craft Center, which only helped fuel my desire to keep learning and grow as an artist. I entered and won several art competitions with “First Prizes” and “Best in Show” awards. I earned an art scholarship and art sponsorship before leaving school.

After High School, I wasn’t really sure what one would do to become a professional potter. There was no set rule or recipe that I had ever heard of. It wasn’t like, go to college for four years, get a degree, voila you are a pro. I had ideas of going to some high priced art school at some point, but soon realized I would be in debt forever with that route. So, I called around every place in the phone book that mentioned the word “pottery”, looking for work and learn. I was lucky enough to find a studio that could use my help, and I went to work as a potter's apprentice.

While beginning work in the field, I also started taking classes at the community college. After all my hard work in the class, I got a “B” in my pottery class in college. I continued working for the studio, where I think I learned more simply watching, than any class could ever teach. I was able to attend fine art shows and gained some exposure with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. I decided to try my hand at running my own pottery business.

I went off to work on my own, and quickly got swallowed up in the business end of things. I soon realized that running a studio of my own was not the same as having it as a hobby or being an apprentice. For me, making pots was fun, but the pieces I made were not always necessarily what people would like to buy. I didn’t think I could make a real living out of making pots and I decided to give up the dream, “grow up” and get a “real” job. Though I have seen success with other ventures, in my time away from the studio, at one point I realized there was something missing.

The Mud Place began in my heart well before I even knew I wanted to try and run a business again, and I am so grateful for the second chance. It started as a late night conversation with my husband where I said something like "I think I might get a potter's wheel - just for fun". It was really just a dream that grew. Today work from my Melbourne, Florida studio and I am selling my pottery on several websites. I am constantly working at improving my craft. While it isn't all just playing in the mud, I really love my job.


Shop members

  • Leslie

    Owner, Potter

    Making pots is my lifelong passion. It makes me happy to know that somewhere, someone is enjoying a cup of coffee with a mug I made, or knitting an heirloom blanket from one of my yarn bowls, or shaving for the first time with…oh you get the point!

  • Apollo

    Assistant, Supervisor

    Apollo loves to help in the studio by sleeping in his bed next to the potter's wheel and overseeing all aspects of the process.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 13, 2017
Everything you see in my shop is handcrafted by me, from stoneware clay. My glazes are food safe and non-toxic. My functional pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe. Most of my pots are made on the potter's wheel. I also incorporate slab building, carving and sculpture techniques into my pots. If you would like to learn more about what I do, check out my website:

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Accepted Payment Types: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Gift Cards, Paypal, money order, check (Item will ship after work is completed and payment is cleared).

Sales Tax: Florida sales tax of 6.5% for FL residents.

Deadlines: Orders with no payment and no response from buyer after 2 weeks from sale will be canceled.
US Domestic Shipments: All items ship via the United States Parcel and United Parcel Services. Shipments are typically made within 1-5 days of item completion and payment clearing. Delivery confirmation is included on all shipments to the US.

International Shipments: Insurance and tracking is unavailable via USPS global shipping, though some information by customs number may be obtained. Shipments are typically First Class International or Priority Mail International. Transit times may vary from official times due to your country’s customs and postal offices.

Returned Shipment Fee: Please double check that the shipment address you provide is correct. If a package is returned because the shipment address provided by the buyer is incorrect, the returned parcel will be retained and charged a returned shipment fee. The returned shipment fee will be no more than the original shipment cost. The buyer will have 10 business days to pay the returned shipment fee before the item will be restocked into inventory and considered forfeit.
Refunds and Exchanges
Natural variations in glaze color and form are what will make your piece(s) unique, and are not considered defects.

Returns/Exchanges: Customer is responsible for the return shipping cost for a return or exchange. Please retain original wrapping for return shipping, as credit will be given after the item is returned undamaged. A 25% restocking fee may also be charged. Credit in the amount of the returned item only will be given either as merchandise credit or in the same manner as per your original payment method. Shipment costs are not returned.

Damage/Loss: Items ship in new boxes with new packing materials but even still damage can happen. If you receive a shipment that is damaged, please retain the entire package and all contents. Contact me and include in your email me a picture of the damaged item(s) and another of the entire shipment and packaging along with your order number. For lost packages, please contact me for tracking information.

Cancellation: If for whatever reason you need to cancel an order, please contact me ASAP.
Additional policies and FAQs
Glaze Colors:
(Cobalt) Blue – Medium to high gloss. Ranges from a dark navy to a sky blue. Sometimes has a brown to orange speckle in it. Food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Green – Medium to high gloss. Ranges from teal green to a sunny sage green. Sometimes has blue speckles. Food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Iron Red – Medium gloss. Ranges from a rust-red brick to brown/black. Sometimes has multi-colored speckles and may show brown/black speckles over design. Food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Gloss Black - High Gloss black. Looks great on curvy forms. Layers nicely with all other glazes for intricate speckling and interesting glazed pots. Not a good choice for textural highlights. Food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Honeyed Ginger: A warm ginger color that breaks over texture with a warm dark honey color. Great on texture. Mixes best with iron red glaze.

Deep Wood Moss - Deep Brown-Green color. Picks up texture well. Very glossy. Food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Brown/Bronze (combination color made from a combination of overlapping glaze colors) – Ranges in a brownish/bronze color. Sometimes has blue/green or orange/brown speckles. Food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Oiled Mahogany – Rich iron red glaze complemented by the gloss black glaze. Overlapping colors produce a speckled black and brick color.

Twilight – Glossy black accented by a cobalt blue. Overlapping colors produce a more intense blue.

Midnight Rain – High gloss black set off with green glaze. Overlapping colors creates a high gloss speckle pattern that starts dark blue and fades into a creamy green.

Tuscan Sunset – A semi- gloss brick red color that has orange, black and brown tones accented by a rich glossy tan to light brown rim.