Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada · 815 Sales

Clayshapes

Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Toronto, Canada 815 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(260)

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

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(260)
christinamaynard

christinamaynard on Mar 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful experience all around! Piece was even better than expected, great quality, fast delievery, great to deal with, and I keep getting constant compliments. I will definitely be getting more pieces from this shop.

eternalhappiness

eternalhappiness on Mar 8, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Shipping was very quick and item was wrapped securely. Great product as I purchased this as a gift for my sister and received it very quickly. Thank you again Leslie!

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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.

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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.