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DECEMER 2017

HEAR FROM AUTHOR AND GUARDIAN JOURNALIST BRIGID DELANEY,  CERAMICIST AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MUD AUSTRALIA SHELLEY SIMPSON AND ARCHITECT JENNA ROWE; ICON FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE.

SHELLEY SIMPSON

Shelley Simpson, the founder of Mud Australia, taught herself to throw pots on a kick wheel in the 1990s. Despite no formal ceramic training she became hooked on the craft and the endlessly interesting making process and it’s uses. 24 years later Shelley has built a thriving business designing and manufacturing porcelain tableware and lighting with a cult following.

Her Marrickville studio employs a team of 30, including 20 ceramists dedicated to hand making in Australia. Mud Australia has seven dedicated retail stores (Sydney, Melbourne, London, Los Angeles, New York and Brooklyn) and stocks 80 stores world wide.

Shelley’s lighting designs are specified for domestic and commercial spaces and her tableware range selected by cafes, hotels and restaurants both locally and overseas.

JENNA ROWE

Jenna is an architect working in Sydney via her hometown of Hobart, graduating from her Masters of Architecture from the University of Tasmania with First Class Honours in 2011. Jenna has spent the last 6 years working in both the public and the private sector, for prominent Australian architectural practices and the Office of the State Architect, Tasmania. Since her move to Sydney, she also tutors in both undergraduate and post-graduate subjects at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2014 Jenna was awarded a position on the coveted Dulux Study Tour, and has given a lot of her time to the Australian Institute of Architect’s Emerging Architects Committee NSW (DARCH), stepping down from her post as Co-Chair in 2015 to be more involved at the event-based level.

Architecture is not her only passion – Jenna works as a freelance graphic designer, designs and makes jewellery, dabbles in ceramics, and contributes for design blogs such as Yellowtrace.

BRIGID DELANEY

Brigid Delaney was born in Melbourne and raised in Warrnambool in south west victoria.

She studied law and returned to country Victoria to practise, before embarking on a journalism career in Sydney.

She has worked at the Sydney Morning Herald, the London Telegraph and CNN.

She is currently a senior writer at Guardian Australia. She is also the author of three books – Wellmania, This Restless Life and the novel Wild Things.  These days she does a lot of work as a travel writer  – and can be found in all corners of the globe writing for Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveller and the Guardian.

She is also the co-foudner of the Mercy Campaign – an activist group that advocated for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.