Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Prince Edward, Canada On Etsy since 2011

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Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Prince Edward, Canada | 862 Sales


Leslie Fruman

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Leslie Fruman


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About Clayshapes

Sales 862
On Etsy since 2011

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.

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, one pot at a time.

My work changes regularly - but it is marked by simple organic forms, and bold surface design and decoration.

My palette also changes regularly - but at shows 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 studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

I hope you will visit here often - there are always new Clayshapes coming out of my kiln.

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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
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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

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