Beautiful Functional Handcrafted Pottery

83 Sales


Beautiful Functional Handcrafted Pottery

83 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I welcome commissioned work, if you'd like a custom item, please contact me.


I welcome commissioned work, if you'd like a custom item, please contact me.

Ruth de Saint Leger

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Ruth de Saint Leger


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Jamieson Paine

Jamieson Paine on Aug 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I am enamored by this piece-- the glazework is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much! I'm going to treasure it for many years to come.

Susan Melchior

Susan Melchior on Apr 2, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful color combination.came well packed and very quickly.

Siddiqa Taskeen

Siddiqa Taskeen on Jun 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I just got my mug today and it's beautiful! I got it very fast. I can't wait to use it.

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Playing in the Mud

Frequent canoe trips as a child on Mississinewa Lake in Indiana gave me my first exposure to clay rich soil. I can remember thinking then that I could make things with this rather goopy mud. Begging my Father to please let me fill a bag with it fell on deaf ears. A few years later I received one of those toy pottery wheels and made attempts to create something on it, but to no avail. I felt defeated. My interest began to wane.

Thirty plus years would pass before I would find that my attraction to mud was still burning inside. I decided to take a ceramics class at our local Art Center here in Battle Creek, MI. as a way to deal with the grief of my Mothers passing. It became more than therapy for me. I felt an immediate affinity to creating things with clay. For the first time in my life I felt that I had found what I was meant to do.

Now I'm in business doing what I love~ playing with mud! I hope you'll find a piece that touches your heart. My ceramic pieces are created with the mindset that they are to be used and enjoyed on a daily basis. May you live everyday surrounded by art and the love of those that create it.


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  • Ruth de Saint Leger

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Ceramic Artist

    So happy to be doing what I love, creating with clay! I am a ceramic artist and owner of Muddy Claws Pottery.

  • Little Bear

    Designer, Studio Assistant

    Meet Little Bear, a very shy and timid young lady. She likes to join me in the studio and nap while I am busy at work.

  • Meeko

    Designer, Part-time Studio Assistant

    Meeko enjoys romps around the house and watching the neighborhood from our picture window. She occasionally joins me in the studio for a quick hello.

  • Callie

    Designer, Resident Matron

    Callie is the oldest of my four cats. At 16, she enjoys sleeping by the furnace and spending time cuddling. Her visits to the studio are rare, but most appreciated.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 12, 2017
Greetings! I sincerely hope you enjoy exploring my handmade pottery and find a piece you just can't live without! Each piece is crafted with the greatest care. My goal is to create functional pieces that bring handcrafted ART to your home and can be used on a daily basis. Thank you for visiting today. It's a true pleasure to share my art with you!

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Muddy Claws Pottery accepts Paypal, Credit cards and Etsy Gift cards. Items will be shipped upon receipt of full payment. All items listed are one of a kind pieces and ready to ship, unless it is a made to order item. If you wish to cancel your order, please contact me ASAP.
Each piece will be carefully packaged to ensure its safe arrival. Items will be shipped via USPS. I can also ship via FED EX, if you choose that option at check out.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will do everything possible to see that your order is packaged carefully to ensure its safe arrival. In the unfortunate event that your order arrives damaged, please contact me within 3 days of receipt for a refund or replacement item/s of a similar variety/value. Due to the nature of the ceramics process, no two pieces are exactly alike, therefore an exact replacement is not possible. Since each package is sent insured it may be necessary to provide photographs of damage to the package and the items to recover the cost. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Additional policies and FAQs
With the exception of Raku pieces, all pottery is fired with food safe glazes.

I am happy to accept commissioned work. If you have something special in mind, please don't hesitate to contact me for details.