Leili Art & Design

Boston, Massachusetts

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Announcement    ✿ Leili Art & Design features unique, handmade studio ceramics and limited-edition art jewelry made with vintage European beads from the 1950s-70s. Not for the faint of heart! Not for color haters! http://www.facebook.com/LeiliDesign ✿


✿ Leili Art & Design features unique, handmade studio ceramics and limited-edition art jewelry made with vintage European beads from the 1950s-70s. Not for the faint of heart! Not for color haters! http://www.facebook.com/LeiliDesign ✿


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About LeiliDesign

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On Etsy since 2010

Art, Science, Nature, Form and Color

I’m an English/Iranian/American studio artist, writer, filmmaker and educational technologist. I was raised in a home filled with people of all backgrounds, in one of the oldest African American communities in the North. Growing up in a diverse creative environment breeds love for making and appreciating art. In turn, it's fun to encourage other people to participate in art and creativity, which I believe is the birthright of all.

Studio time is evenly divided between ceramics, photography, painting and jewelry design and fabrication. When I paint, I like the meditative distraction of music, a movie, talking on the phone. When working in the clay studio, I love consulting with my colleagues, and getting lost in technique, surrounded by people. Making wheel-thrown and hand-built stoneware pieces in a collaborative studio focused on systematic learning suits me very well. I'm a bead hoarder and utilize finds I have collected from five continents in my jewelry. And, every day of my life, I take at least one photo.

When I am not actually making things, I spend a lot of time looking at art of all kinds. Science, color, art, math, music, architecture, nature, design, patterns and particular people are all important influences on my art, as are pieces of Persian, English and African American cultures. My process combines purposeful planning, as well as a flexible mindset of learning when things take an unexpected technical or aesthetic turn.

My ceramic work, paintings, jewelry and photographs have been exhibited in the US and Middle East, and reside in collections in America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. More of my work in various media lives here:

✿ FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/LeiliDesign
✿ WEBSITE: http://www.leili.org/
✿ PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/leili
✿ PHOTO: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leilit
✿ TUMBLR: http://towfigh.tumblr.com
✿ TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/ltowfigh

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  • Leili

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Ceramic artist, painter, photographer, jewelry designer, writer, filmmaker, educational technologist, collector of friends, flowers, stones, leaves and pines cones, who is also a citizen of the world.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 30, 2015
Welcome to Leili Art & Design! I hand-make every item you see. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind, and every one is limited edition. My work in all media tends to share a common sensibility and aesthetic – love of spirit, science, color, art, nature, patterns, architecture, world cultures and beauty.

Items are priced according to the cost of materials, the unique design, and the amount of training, skill and time I've spent making them. Each ceramic piece takes me many hours, spread out over weeks, to make. And the vintage beads are rare and limited in supply.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please read item descriptions carefully. I put time into taking photographs and writing accurate descriptions, but colors vary quite widely by computer screen. Also, vintage beads are, by definition, not new, so expect them to show the delightful patina of age.

Please contact me within 7 days of receipt if for some reason you are unhappy with your item. Depending on circumstances, an exchange or refund can be arranged after the item has been safely returned—insured and with its original packaging. Return shipping and fees will not be refunded. Please do not ship anything back without first contacting me via convo or at: ArtandDesign [at] Leili [dot] org.
Payment is expected at the time of purchase. I accept Direct Checkout, PayPal (which accepts all major credit cards, and you don’t have to be a member to use it) and Etsy gift cards. If you’re new to Etsy, here’s a guide to making purchases: http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

Orders from Massachusetts residents will be charged 6.25% sales tax at checkout.
For most domestic orders, insurance/delivery confirmation IS INCLUDED in the shipping cost. I take these extra measures to be confident that your items will arrive in good condition and in a timely manner.

I ship via the US Postal Service. I’ll ship to the address designated by you, so if there could be any confusion about the shipping address, send me a note about it. I ship orders once a week. If you need it more quickly than that, let me know and I’ll do my best to get it to you lickety split.

Ceramics are packed with plenty of protective material to ensure safe shipping. We re-use and recycle packaging as much as possible.

LIVE OUTSIDE THE US? I am happy to ship certain items internationally via the US Postal Service - yes, including Australia! International buyers are responsible for all customs charges and fees. Sorry, I will not mark items as "gifts".
Additional policies and FAQs
C U S T O M : Custom orders for ceramics and jewelry are possible in some cases. If you would like a close approximation of an item that’s already been sold (listed in the "sold items" section of my shop), send me a message. I may be able to create another one like it.

D O U B L E - C H E C K : Please read each description carefully. I put time into describing the pieces in detail and taking good photographs so that you can have a vivid idea of what you are ordering. Note that colors can vary from monitor to monitor. It’s a good idea to carefully note the dimensions, colors and materials listed in our descriptions—i.e., check the length of a necklace against something you already own, the metal color of a clasp, the size of a bowl—to be sure it’s what you want.

V I N T A G E & H A N D M A D E : Many of the beads I use are 30-60 years old, and as such, have the patina of age, which is part of their charm. The studio ceramics are limited edition art pieces, lovingly hand-made, one by one, thus they are not going to look like what you can purchase at a store with mass-produced items. They are not “perfect”. They’ve got soul.

B L O G S : I’m delighted if you wish to highlight my work on your blog, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., granted you properly credit my work and/or images with “Leili Art & Design” and a link back to me.

C O P Y R I G H T : Leili Art & Design reserves copyrights on all images, photographs, jewelry designs, ceramics designs, painting designs, graphics including avatars and logos, product descriptions and any and all text throughout http://www.LeiliDesign.etsy.com and http://www.leili.org. Copyright © 2005-2015. All rights reserved. Copyright does not transfer with the purchase of an item.

G I F T S : If you are purchasing a gift that is to be sent directly to the recipient, let me know at checkout. I will not include receipts or invoices. Jewelry is sent in a nifty white gift box with a little card, and decorative tissue inside.

If you want to subscribe to my email list for notifications on studio sales and gallery shows, drop me an email: ArtandDesign [at] leili [dot] org.

Follow me:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeiliDesign
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/leilitowfigh
Blog: http://www.leili.org/blog
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ltowfigh
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Leili