2019 marks Mud Australia’s 25th year. We kicked off the celebrations with two beautiful events in the US – in LA & NY. The LA event was held in the mid-century Garcia House, designed by the American Modernist John Lautner. This mid-century Hollywood Hills classic home, generously provided by John McIllwee (Mud Australia lover), created the perfect atmosphere to celebrate our quarter of a century milestone.


The menu for the evening was designed and prepared by Room Forty and looked beautiful plated up on a soft palette of blossom, citrus, mist, milk and dust. The setting featured our dinner platesalad plate and pebble bowl cereal with dessert and canapes served on our tray and fish platter.

Fiona McCarthy of WISH Magazine, in a piece published on the evening, said ‘[Founder Shelley Simpson] hosted a spectacular dinner in honour of the leading handmade porcelain brand’s 25th anniversary and its Los Angeles store’s first anniversary. Together with Garcia House’s owner, John McIlwee, Simpson welcomed a small gathering of West Coast press and friends to revel in the beauty of the house’s sweeping 11m vaulted ceilings and sensitively restored mid-century details (including the glass window panels that have afforded it another nickname, the Rainbow House), and a table elegantly laid with a mix of Mud Australia bowls and plates in the brand’s signature pared-back pastel shades’

‘Simpson says that her distinctive, rough-meets-smooth, organic porcelain pieces have brought her closer to more people, too, than she could have ever imagined. Many enthuse about the way her designs have enriched their lives.’

All photos by Stefanie Keenan




Mud founder Shelley Simpson and John McIllwee

Tess Lloyd, Erin Garvan, Kelli Lamb (Rue Magazine), Lauren Urband, Etosha Moh (both The Consultancy PR) and Ben Heap


Ben Heap, Teri Lyn Fisher (Spoon Fork Bacon), Shelley Simpson, Jenny Park (Spoon Fork Bacon)