Our Story

Founded in 2012 by Karen Whiteley in Hampstead Village, London, Maud and Mabel is a carefully curated space. It unites contemporary aesthetic with ancient craft in every guise from ceramics and wood to glass, textiles and precious metals and stones. These pieces are rooted in shibumi, an aspect of Japanese aesthetics that balances simplicity and complexity with perfection and imperfection. Where elegant forms boast rough tactile qualities and intricately engineered artistry is performed with refined subtlety. 

Alongside showcasing a wide selection of works, Maud & Mabel works closely with pioneering artists from around the globe to create special collections, exhibitions and collaborations that honour both the artist and spectator in the gallery and online, 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
Alicia Muir -  Alicia studied Art History and is very interested in the individual practices and processes of artists. Her interest in ceramics was sparked by reading Edmund de Waal’s ‘The Hare with the Amber Eyes’ and time spent working in the Design department at Phillips Auction House.