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Mud Museum – collected, created and curated mud and fire

February 12, 2016

ArtsCeramics | by Harry Seymour

Two London based artists, Rose de Borman and Robert Rush, have taken over a derelict delicatessen and house in Kings Cross for a week-long art exhibition of their latest collaborative ceramics project. The contents of the house and shop front has been collected, created and curated by the pair, in their signature offbeat style.

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Everything has been hand made by the duo – sculpted and molded from clay, or fired metals, items have been placed on stairs, lampshades, tables and in cupboards. It’s part shop, part museum, and part house of an eccentric hoarder. These are objects to eat from, pray to, illuminate and create rituals around” Rose told Candid. “New works produced for the event will include wood fired ceramics including mugs, bowls, plates and drainers, handmade metalwork rings and brooches inspired by medieval forms. Ceramic shrines, funeral urns and other devotional objects to be used as one sees fit.”

London based Rose is a multidisciplinary artist who is known for her use of glass, clay and textiles in a signature folk-inspired tradition. Her works are rough, earthen and imbued with a craft spirit. She has worked with fashion houses including Louis Vuitton and Lanvin and has been commissioned to make collections for The New Craftsmen and Studio Reed. She was also nominated for British Design Award for her collection she created for Virginia White Collection.


Robert who is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art also based in London. His recent projects have included experimenting with wood fired ceramics – including building a site specific sculpture in the form of a wood fire kiln in the Cass Sculpture Foundation grounds in Sussex.


Mud Museum is an explorer’s paradise – it feels slightly shambolic yet completely charming. The museum’s “maker” ethos is a refreshing departure from the plethora of white cube spaces and studio assistants that seems to preoccupy the London art scene at the moment and with prices from £3 to £3,000 everyone can have a piece.
Mud Museum, 26 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DT.

13 – 21 February 2016, 12-7pm, admission free