Counting Our Lucky Stars — 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.

2020

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 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…
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Fighting Fire With Fire

Fighting Fire with Fire is an event to raise funds to assist people and their communities directly affected by the fires. About this Event We are all deeply saddened and shocked by the devastating and tragic fires currently ravaging our country. It’s with great disbelief that we even begin to imagine the hardship these communities are going through having lost their homes, land, livestock and at worst, family members. In true Porteño style, we’re Fighting Fire…

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Mud Takes Part In Marrickville Creative Trails

Our Marrickville studio recently opened its doors to the public as part of ‘Marrickville Creative Trails’, a local exploration of hidden studios, independent galleries and quirky artist run initiatives. For those of you who don’t know Sydney, Marrickville is a vibrant inner-city suburb with a great mix of residential, small industries and food – if you’re ever in Sydney and you like food, breweries, and bars we definitely recommend a trip. A few of our…

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Join Us At Shoppe Object New York

Join us Shoppe Object this August for the debut of two new exciting additions to the Mud Australia collection. Shoppe Object is the biannual independent design show which has now moved to a bigger, brighter Lower East Side location at Pier 36. You can register your attendance here. August 10-12, 2019 10am-6pm daily PIER 36 – 299 South St, New York

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Mud X Two Chaps Dinner

Continuing our celebration of Mud’s beautiful and durable bakeware, we teamed up with our friends at Two Chaps and Sparrow & Vine to host an intimate dinner baked and served entirely in Mud.   Two Chaps’ Kim and Mark created an entirely personalised and unique menu especially for the evening, featuring a decadent pine mushroom lasagne with Jerusalem artichoke béchamel and smoked scamorza, baked in a Mud Baker Medium. Mud founder Shelley Simpson also demonstrated how…

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Two Good Fundraiser Dinner

Two Good are a social enterprise supporting local women’s refuges and domestic violence survivors with their ‘Eat One, Treat One’ model. Ie. for every meal they sell, they donate one meal to a shelter. It’s a great service and, as of today, they’ve served over 82,000 meals to women in refuges across Sydney and Melbourne. At their recently held annual Two Good Fundraiser Dinner, with magnificent food by Peter Gilmore and Skye Gyngell, Mud Australia supplied the…

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MUD CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

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…

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WRAP UP – STILL / LIFE, SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019

During Salone del Mobile 2019, we presented STILL / LIFE with Calico Wallpaper and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio – marking our first-time appearance in Milan. Featuring a selection of our ceramic tableware and lighting in a new matte finish, site-specific gradients by Calico Wallpaper and interiors and lighting by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, STILL / LIFE invited guests to experience a moment of introspection and interaction.   The STILL / LIFE installation featured a series of…

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PREVIEW – STILL / LIFE, SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019

Coinciding with our 25th anniversary, we’re delighted to announce Mud Australia will exhibit for the first time at Milan Design Week! On show from 9–14 April, 'STILL LIFE' is a collaborative installation by Mud Australia, Calico Wallpaper and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio that explores the possibilities that lie between stillness and life. Visitors will experience a rotating series of sensory experiences, inviting shared moments of nourishment, introspection, and interaction. At 'STILL LIFE', Mud Australia launches…
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