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.

Introducing Limited Edition Christmas Candle Trio

The heady scent of Frangipani trees in the Australian summertime. Gift the scent of Summer with our new Christmas Candle Sets. The Mud05 scented candles have landed in our Australian retail stores today. Each rim is hand painted in explosions of bright confetti colours. The scent is inspired by an Australian Christmas, and warm summer evenings walking under fragrant Frangipani trees. ​ ​Top notes: Bergamot, Coriander Mid notes: Frangipani, Ylang Ylang Base notes: Wood, Amber, Vanilla,…
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Introducing Lobmeyr Glassware to Mud Australia stores

Introducing Austrian family-owner Lobmeyr glassware to Mud Australia stores this Christmas. Established in 1823. Lobmeyr is a sixth-generation Austrian glassware company established in 1823.   Their multicoloured feather-light glasses can turn the simple act of drinking cold water into a delicacy.   Our in store Lobmeyr edit includes the iconic Alpha Crystal Tumblers with a stackable silhouette and the Alpha Pitcher in a shape that is elegant but practical and looks gorgeous on the table. As with all Lobmeyr,…
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Introducing Mud for National Gallery of Australia Collection

Mud Australia's limited edition trio of vessels has been inspired by the Gallery’s Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now exhibition in Canberra. Part One is open until 4 July 2021. The Know My Name exhibition is a commitment and a call to action to celebrate the work of all women artists with an aim to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australia’s cultural life. In the spirit of acknowledging the achievements of women artists, these pieces have only passed through the hands…
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Visual Essay No. 3 | Studio Mary Lennox & Becca Crawford

Berlin based florist Ruby Barber of Studio Mary Lennox is renowned for her opulent, extravagant floral installations. For our Visual Essay No. 3 she mixes her iconic floral language with Becca Crawford's strong Still Life photography, to create an other worldly interpretation of our Ink collection. As a florist and a food/still life photographer, we wanted to combine our respective disciplines in a playful pairing of organic produce - both floral and fruity! We've been working together…
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Mud x APY Collaborate & 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…
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A Guide to Spring Dining

As our days begin to lengthen and stretch into warmer evenings, and vibrant produce begins to pop – filling our plates with colour and flavour. Spring calls for a fresh take on our tables, so we felt a little spring dining inspiration was in order, with a focus on our dinner plate range. The Bread Plate, for every occasion. Our smallest plate, the Bread Plate has a flat, minimal shape making it the perfect side plate. Ideal…
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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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#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…
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