Mud Dept.

Timeless, earthy, handmade ceramics to make small moments special.

Mud Dept. is the home of contemporary handmade ceramics from potter and artist Lea Durie.

Intentionally created to inspire mindful, peaceful moments in the everyday—each piece is hand-crafted from Lea’s home studio nestled in the mountains of the Southern Tablelands in Braidwood NSW, on Yuin Country.

Functional and beautiful, Mud Dept. tablewares are designed and made using earthy clays and a unique reduction fire technique which provides the lovely muted shades and textural finishes that are distinctive to Lea’s style.

Collections from Mud Dept. are released in small batches several times a year. The best way to know of a new release is to sign up to the newsletter below.

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and read reflections on grounded slow living, creativity and making directly from Lea.


Building a ceramics practice that is good for the planet

By LEA DURIE on May 28, 2024

We share some of the things we are doing to create a sustainable ceramics business that is good for the planet.  We list the things we have been able to achieve and also share and also some of the things we are still working towards.

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Join the Mud Pot Club

By LEA DURIE on Oct 19, 2022

We have introduced a special subscription membership that delivers a parcel of handmade ceramic goodness to your door every three months, for a year. If you are a knitter you may be familiar with makers of h...

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Introducing Mud Dept. by Lea Durie

By LEA DURIE on Aug 21, 2022

After several years of building a body of distinctive work as a ceramic artist, I am launching an exciting new adventure, Mud Dept. Mud Dept. is not only the new home of Lea Durie Ceramics, it is also a crea...

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Acknowledgement of Country & Gifting

We acknowledge that we are working and making on the land of the Walbunga peoples of the Yuin Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters of this beautiful place and that sovereignty has never been ceded.

1% of all income is donated to Aboriginal and environmental organisations in line with 1% for the planet. In 2024 the Bob Brown Foundation is supported for its work protecting native forests.

Website design

Photos by: Taylah Cunningham, Lea Durie | Graphic design by: Tilda Blackbourn-Rooney