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White and Porcelain

White and Porcelain

The whiteness of porcelain is fundamental to the way that is has been understood and desired. ‘In many natural objects, whiteness enhances beauty, as if imparting some special virtue of its own, as in marbles, japonicas, and pearls.’ 
Working with Wood - Maud and Mabel Blog

Working with Wood in the Present Day – The Continuation of Traditions

The magic of wooden sculptures and functional objects is their deviation from the chemically created materials that have become common place in society today, such as plastic. Explore some of our favourite wood turners and artists and the use of traditional and contemporary techniques in their wood crafts. 
Surface Detailing in Handmade Ceramics

Surface Detailing in Handmade Ceramics

One of the things that makes our handmade ceramics collection at Maud and Mabel so eclectic is the variety of surface detailing. With particular methods and techniques, ceramicists create surface detailing that makes their work irrefutably their own.
Raku Pottery Maud and Mabel

Raku Pottery and Wood-firing: The Unpredictable Nature of Ceramics

Many of the artists featured in Maud and Mabel’s ceramic collection are drawn to practices and techniques with an uncontrollable element to them. This provides surprise and chance that can result in the most exquisite textures and patterning, made all the more special in the knowledge that they are ‘accidental.’ 
Natural Forms in Sofie Berg's Designs

Natural forms in Ceramic Design - 5 Ceramicists Whose Designs Merge the Outdoors with our Interiors

At Maud and Mabel we represent many artists who take inspiration from the natural world. Explore five ceramicists whose organic ceramics are directly informed by their experiences of nature and their surroundings
Nicola Tassie Ceramicist

Best of British Ceramics - Ceramicist Spotlight

Contemporary Ceramics and its recognition as an art form has, rightfully, progressed considerably since 1940, when Bernard Leach wrote that ‘very few people in this country think of the making of pottery as an art’.
Wabi Sabi: impermanent, incomplete and imperfect

Wabi Sabi: impermanent, incomplete and imperfect

The concept of Wabi-Sabi is one of the many philosophies to emerge from Japanese culture and enrich the lives of people across the world. Wabi-Sabi originated in Zen Buddhism and is foregrounded on the belief that everything, even objects, are impermanent, incomplete and imperfect.

 

Yugen - Japanese Aesthetics

Yūgen : Subtlety and Grace

Central to Japanese aesthetics, Zen philosophy outlines seven principles; Kanso (簡素), Fukinsei (不均整), Shibui/Shibumi (渋味), Yugen (幽玄), Seijaku (静寂), Datsuzoku (脱俗) and Shizen (自然).

Oseibo at Maud & Mabel

Oseibo at Maud & Mabel: A Season of Giving Thanks

Oseibo is a Japanese winter gift-giving tradition, a time where people show each other gratitude and give thanks to those that have shown you kindness during the year.  Oseibo, meaning ‘year-end’, is often presented mid-December, as an expression of appreciation and recognition.

Tsukimi: Honouring the Moon

Tsukimi: Honouring the Moon By Erin Niimi Longhurst

We are excited to share our first collaboration with Erin Niimi Longhurst,  author of Japonisme, Omoiyari and A Little Book of Japanese Contentments, who will be sharing pieces inspired by our latest exhibitions and collections, with a focus on Japanese philosophy. 


Jack Doherty - Soda Fired Stoneware

Jack Doherty - Soda Fired Stoneware Collection Autumn 2020

Coinciding with London Craft Week, we are privileged to be exhibiting a very special collection of works by renown's maker Jack Doherty. 

Maud & Mabel is delighted to share a special collection put together in honour of Umi no Hi.

Special Collection: 海の日 Umi no Hi

In celebration of Umi no Hi we have put together a special collection inspired by the ocean.