New Exhibitor Spotlight – Leslie Codina Ceramics

New Exhibitor Spotlight – Leslie Codina Ceramics

Leslie Codina's ceramic totems make a whimsical addition to the garden

If you are looking for some fanciful yet sophisticated whimsy for either indoors or outdoors be sure to visit Leslie Codina Ceramics and her colorful hand-painted sculptures.  Leslie, a Bellevue native who transplanted herself to southern California, draws her shapes and colors from nature with a fantastical flair.


Leslie’s pieces are limited edition works of art, so you won’t find them turning up in every garden. They are often referred to as “ceramic totems” or “urban trees,” and she sometimes thinks of them as “garden weeds.”  After all, weeds can be a virtue, depending on your attitude. She also creates vases, platters, footed pots, and tall statues, but the totems are her favorite pieces. 


Each piece contributes a unique statement to the garden. Leslie looks for patterns within nature; swirls, whorls, stripes and blotches all come alive in her imagination. Insects, flora, sea shells, and coral are a few things that spark her creativity. Above all, her mindset is happy; she infuses her pieces with playful color and vivid contrasts. These are pieces for people looking for fun in their home and gardens.


Ceramic totems in the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Leslie’s pieces, all fashioned from clay, begin with a drawing of the sculpture. Once she settles on the design she starts building each piece from clay.  She then hand paints the piece and adds the glaze for two more steps in the process.  Every sculpture goes through at least eight steps, including two firings in the kiln.  Leslie’s totems work beautifully both indoors and outdoors in full sun, rain, and wind. However, they are not tolerant to frost and snow, so they should be brought indoors during the winter season.


Leslie does many pieces by custom order, so she gets some unusual requests.  She has collectors across the nation from Alaska to Massachusetts, and internationally in Denmark, Sweden, Japan New Zealand.  She has also done some major works of public art.  In the Garden for All Seasons at The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden she created four 12-to-16 foot totems.  In downtown Claremont, California, she installed wall sconces decorating the perimeter of a building, with a mosaic tile fountain in the works for the future.


Artist Leslie Codina in her studio

Leslie is one of many talented artists who are at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show for the first time, so stop by and welcome her in booth #1214. To see more of her work visit out her website at


For the complete Exhibitor List, go to You can even search on different categories of exhibitors. From artists to wholesale nurseries, we have them all – over 300 exhibitors, all of the highest quality and all related to gardening. If you want to find where your favorite exhibitors are located in the show, you can also search by name. – Janet

  • Authentic Haven Brand
    Posted at 10:51h, 04 January Reply

    What fun in the garden this is! Thank you so much for the share, I love your inspiration it’s truly growing : ) Annie

  • jean
    Posted at 00:19h, 14 September Reply

    Wonderful totems! I am doing totems also, but a little bit differently – it is great to see another person taken with stacking claywork!

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