2020 Highlights

2020 was an incredible year for our team and our business – equal parts terrifying and inspiring. Through it all our focus has been looking after our team, suppliers and customers while keeping true to our core principles of quality and fairness. We are very fortunate to be making beautiful things for people who appreciate and care about the products.

So here’s our top 12 achievements for the year:

  1. In response to the 2020 Australian bushfires we committed to becoming carbon neutral by the end of the year. This involved a global carbon audit with the South Pole agency, calculating our emissions to offset on exciting regeneration projects. (Stay tuned for an update!)
  2. Launched the very practical oven-to-table Slice Tray which quickly became a best-selling piece.
  1. Partnered with florists Grandiflora in Sydney and Hattie Molloy in Melbourne to deliver messages of gratitude and flowers in Mud this Mother’s Day, for those who couldn’t be together during the lockdown.
  2. The Mud Talks Series was launched on YouTube. Hosted by some of the best, including Annabel Crabb and Jenny Brockie, you can watch past talks during your break here.
  3. Collaborated with the APY Art Centre Collective on an exhibition of 33 hand painted works which sold out in 9 minutes and raised $20,000, with 80% of proceeds going directly to the artists and the remaining 20% towards new projects at the APY Art Centre.
  1. Partnered with the National Gallery of Australia on a limited-edition collection inspired by the works of seminal painter and printmaker Margaret Preston.
  1. As an ode to our four-legged friends who helped keep us sane during lockdown, we launched the #MudMutts campaign and received the most beautiful fluffy entrants with their Mud collections.
  1. Created a Visual Essay series, partnering with creatives such as Anna Pogossova, Ruby Mary Lennox and Becca Crawford on their interpretation of Mud.
  1. Studio relocation! Although it was only a few streets to shift, the effort was monumental and now we have the room and space to grow in 2021 and beyond. The new space features rainwater tanks, a vegetable and herb garden, with a 100kw solar system due for installation early 2021.
  1. Introduced our new sustainable packaging made in Australia from 100% recycled materials and water-based inks that can be either reused, recycled or disposed of in your backyard compost.
  2. We launched a long-time dream of Shelley’s, the Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize – a $10,000 prize for final year arts students working in the medium of ceramics. We’re excited to announce the shortlist in January, and winning recipient in February in 2021.
  1. Finally, we managed to grow as a company and keep our global Mud family of 100 busy and well throughout the year – with a big thanks to you for your ongoing support.

Mud x APY Collaborate and Celebrate

In celebration of NAIDOC week, Mud Australia has partnered with artists from APY Lands Art Centre Collective on an exhibition of fine-art hand painted Mud ceramics, using a few of our more sculptural pieces from our range as a canvas for their incredible artwork.   The collaboration marks the beginning of an enduring partnership between Mud and APY to facilitate ceramic practice and industry in the remote communities of the APY lands. 80% of all…
Continue reading

Mud Talks 01 | Meaningful Business in 2020

Last month we held our first 'Mud Talks',  an ongoing series aimed at bringing together communities. Our debut event explored how to be a meaningful business in 2020. Hosted by Annabel Crabb, we were virtually joined by a global audience with viewers as far flung as Russia and New York. For those who missed the talk live, we invite you to watch the discussion on our YouTube Channel. We're already planning our second Mud Talks for November, so make sure to subscribe to our Mud…
Continue reading

#MudMutts Giveaway

In celebration of all our loyal dogs and their indispensable friendship during these strange times, we're launching a #MudMutts giveaway for you and your pup! Competition closed - winners will be announced Monday 28 September, AEST Thank you for posting! How to enter – For your chance to win 1 of 3 Mud Australia x Animals in Charge gift packs worth over $600AUD, follow these 3 steps... 1. Snap your mutt and upload to Instagram…
Continue reading

Mud Visual Essay No. 2 | Anna Pogossova

For the launch of our porcelain bakeware in INK, Moscow-born, Sydney-based photographer Anna Pogossova documents the range, referencing classical Still Life Imagery and Yves Klein’s performative paintings with blue pigment. "The colour blue, and the finish of the ceramics remind me of Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, with bread and blue drapery, touches of yellow and cream walls. I also think of Yves Klein blue." Anna unpacks her Visual Essay for us through Q&A. Was there…
Continue reading

Mud Visual Essays No. 1 | Holly Gibson

Welcome to the first in a series of what we're calling 'Visual Essays'. For the team at Mud, nurturing community is one of our key core values. In the spirit of this we are excited to launch 'Visual Essays'. Designed to be a collaborative online series, Visual Essays is an open space for dialogue and engagement with creatives on the internet. To debut our Visual Essay series, we've engaged Sydney-based photographer Holly Gibson to shoot…
Continue reading

Kristen Allan’s homemade baked ricotta

Baked ricotta with fennel, orange & rosemary infused honey Recipe by Kristen Allan For the honey: 150ml local raw honey (we recommend @honey_fingers) 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 small sprig of rosemary 1 large piece of orange peel If you can, infuse the honey a few days ahead of serving to allow the flavour of the fennel & orange to really shine. Place all your ingredients into a small saucepan. Gently bring…
Continue reading

Cardamom Spiced Flower Cookies

Inspired by baker Loria Stern’s floral creations, we baked up a batch of our own spiced shortbread cookies using edible flowers on our new Slice Tray. This is a really delicious recipe and the flowers definitely added an extra taste dimension! We foraged the edible flowers locally around our studio neighbourhood in Marrickville (Sydney) and found Violets, Lavender, Egyptian starclusters, Geraniums, Marigolds, Dandelions, Nasturtiums, Hairy Beggarticks and Chrysanthemums. You can also use soft herbs such as Chocolate-mint and Rosemary, and many local grocers…

Continue reading

Behind the Piece — The Pebble Story

Story: The Pebble Bowl Collection Designed: 1999 - present Sizes: Extra Large, Large, Medium, Cereal and Small Colours: All 19 shades The best things often hail from mistakes. Our best-selling silhouette, the Pebble Bowl emerged from an experiment with a lighting piece. Shelley Simpson was prototyping a light for a well known department store, when the pebble shaped lamp base broke in two during firing, leaving a nicely dimensioned flat-bottomed bowl – and thus the Pebble was born! Mud…
Continue reading

Colour and Light Play — Introducing our 2020 Campaign

We’re excited to share with you our annual 2020 campaign. It’s a bright, fun and colourful exploration of our range seen in a fresh new way. Keep an eye out for our new Slice Tray and Wine Cup, amongst the rest of the Mud offering. “My idea for the catalogue was to provide a counterpoint to our usual somewhat quieter design approach. This time we’ve deliberately avoided the obvious utilitarian nature of our pieces and…

Continue reading