Visual Essay No. 4 | Patricia Niven

Patricia Niven is a London-based food photographer – her work conveys her philosophy of the interconnectedness of food, with the hope that it inspires others to have a greater awareness and appreciation of the relationship between the land, the producer and the preparer. This essay was shot in lockdown at Patricia’s home in Clerkenwell, London in collaboration with stylist Agathe Gits.

“My father was a long term photography enthusiast with a home darkroom first started teaching me (photography) when I was about 5 years old. My early learning led me to practice throughout high school then onto art school…. I love its range of potential – as a tool enabling you to connect with people in spite of barriers; when alone, as a way of connecting with yourself & ideas; as a torch to shine a light on something overlooked.”

“After nearly a year locked away in our respective London flats, my collaborator Agathe Gits ( and I decided to use one of them as the backdrop for our version of a Spring celebration. We looked to echo what has been happening in the wild, by inviting the outside world to inhabit the (interior) space; translating the hopefulness of the new season into vivid hues and lush piles of raw bright ingredients. We played with colours and how they look so different under changing seasonal light & turned the shadow of the window into a forever moving and evolving frame.”

“The canvases in this shoot were made to compliment the shades of the beautiful Mud ceramics, playing with both concepts of monochrome and complementary colours. Inspirational colour swatches included Blue sky, Mimosa flower & Concrete in the sun.”

Patricia Niven

Patricia dropped out of a photography degree at the Queensland College of Art in 1994 and ran off to explore the photography industry in Sydney. In 1997 she arrived in London and likes it too much to leave.

Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize 2021 Finalists

Entries for the Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize closed November last year, and Shelley was thrilled by the calibre, spirit and creativity of all the applicants –and so incredibly grateful for the response to her debut prize.   After much deliberation Mud Australia is thrilled to announce the SSCP finalists, representing a rich and diverse new generation of ceramicists in Australia. The recipient of the $10,000 prize will be announced in the first week of February,…
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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. So here’s our top 12 achievements for the year: In response to the 2020 Australian…
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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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