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Our Story

Launched by Karen Whiteley in 2012, Maud & Mabel has developed a diverse portfolio featuring a carefully curated collection of works from over 60 pioneering artists worldwide.  The collection includes emerging and acclaimed artists working in clay, cloth, wood, art and precious metals and stones.

Inspired by ‘Shibumi' - a collection of design principles which favour unobtrusive beauty and prioritise subtlety and purity, Maud & Mabel is grounded in traditional Japanese aesthetics.  Most importantly, we believe in uniting contemporary craft with elegant design, celebrating imperfection alongside perfection, coveting the simple and the meaningful.

Alongside showcasing a wide selection of works, Maud & Mabel works with artists to create special collections, exhibitions and collaborations as well as supplying and working with designers on major projects.

 


Meet The Team 


Founder
Karen Whiteley - A former stylist alongside pioneering Fashion photographer Sam Haskins from his Kings Road Studio, Karen also assisted Pan Henry at the Casson Gallery, which showcased the work of Lucie Rie and Hans Coper amongst many other great British talents.  Having travelled to Japan and fallen in love with its art and culture, Karen has combined her interest in ceramics and styling to bring together a space that’s aims to honour works from all disciplines.  

Curator
Josephine Cottrell - As an artist Josephine’s own practice is also heavily influence by Japanese aesthetics and grounded in an interest in materials and process.  Growing up travelling, she developed a keen interest and understanding of different creative cultures, traditions, methods and aesthetics from around the world.

Gallery Assistants
Mandy Pang  -  Mandy has previously worked as a journalist and styling assistant, and currently has her own ceramics practice having completed residencies in China and Japan.