An online shop for professional and hobby potters.

Mudthing is an online shop for professional and hobby potters. We specialise in small batch aprons, ceramics tools and accessories that are difficult to find elsewhere. Our products are carefully designed in-house and we partner with artisans and small businesses in Barcelona to have them crafted for you.

Warrior split-front apron with front pocket
Dark blue denim.
One size fits all.
Designed in-house, made in Barcelona.

60€ + shipping

A full length, total coverage design with wheel potters in mind. We’ve picked out a substantial denim fabric that will keep you clean and dry when things get messy! The split front makes sitting at the wheel a whole lot more comfortable and frees up the long length when moving around studio.

The waist ties are long enough for all sizes and in some cases will allow for a bow at the front. We love the way the fabric falls and smartens up your figure. Emma, in the photo, is a medium size and 165cm tall. The apron skirt measures 76cm from the waist to the bottom hem.

Wa-Sabi ecru linen apron with split-front
1 single size to suit a small-medium.
Designed in-house, handmade in Barcelona.

75€ + shipping

Wa-Sabi coral red linen apron with split-front
Limited edition, washed linen.
1 single size to suit a small-medium.
Designed in-house, handmade in Barcelona.

80€ + shipping

A Japanese-inspired, minimalist linen apron designed for potters that don’t need heavy coverage. Whether you’re creating in the studio, meeting clients, or even posing for photos, this lightweight, artsy apron will keep you clean as well as make you feel and look great!

No ties and no pesky straps at the back dipping into the toilet, thanks to the crossback design.

Unlike the rest of our fabrics, the natural ecru linen does not come from fashion industry leftovers. Please note that for the moment this model has been made in just one size which will suit a small to medium only. Julia Hoji, in the photo, is a small size and 167cm tall.

Tool roll
Tools not included.
Heavy olive green cotton.
Size when fully open 480mm x 370mm (w x h).
Approximate size when rolled up 110mm x210mm (w x h).
Designed in-house, made in Barcelona.

25€ + shipping

I had a tool roll similar to this one when I first started out with ceramics in Barcelona. I really liked having all my tools together in an easy to stow, portable package. Over the years, it’s drawn the attention of other classmates and so I decided to make my own improved version. The pouch is especially good if you need to carry your tools from one place to another, or want to keep them safe in a shared studio.

Pack two boxwood throwing ribs
Sail rib 60mm x 110mm (w x h).
Teardrop rib 60mm x 100mm (w x h).
Designed in-house, made in Catalonia.

28€ + shipping

These beautiful wooden ribs have been made with Catalan boxwood by one of the few remaining artisans in Catalonia dedicated to this trade. Boxwood is a hardwearing, fine-grained wood, and the species that we use for our tools is native to the Mediterranean and especially suitable for use in a wet medium like clay. Wooden ribs won’t remove clay material, or slurry as effectively as brass, but they’re well suited to gently cajole your pot into shape.

Our teardrop rib is a touch smaller than standard, as from experience we’ve found small tools to be easier to handle and therefore more effective.

To care for your wooden tools, avoid leaving them in water or slip and rub in a little natural oil every now and again to keep them tip top.

Pack two brass throwing ribs
Kidney rib 88mm x 47mm (w x h).
Rectangle rib 60mm x 110mm (w x h).
Designed in-house, made in Barcelona.

20€ + shipping

I was over the moon when I received a beautiful large brass rib for Christmas. Unfortunately, I found it to be bulky and unmanageable and so I decided to custom design some tools of my own.

The kidney fits perfectly in my hand, it’s small, light and easy to handle. I love the shape because it combines curved and straight sides which means it can be used to throw both bowls and plates. The slanted rectangle rib will sharpen up either straight-sided or slightly flared cylinders and we’ve softened up the corners a smidge so they won’t dig into your pot as you work. Both ribs have a thin edge that make them the perfect choice if you need to remove excess clay from your pot. Oh, and they won’t rust either!

Why have boring steel or aluminium when you can have these golden beauties?

Sustainable and fair

Our aprons and tool rolls are made by hand in Barcelona in collaboration with local artisans who receive a fair wage for their services. We work with fabric leftovers from the fashion industry and put good use to material that would otherwise be discarded. This small gesture for the planet also helps us keep prices down for you.

Each series of aprons and tool rolls we create depends on the fabrics available at the time of making and are therefore limited editions - unique - just like your pots! While the fabrics may vary in future series, the designs will always be the same.

Our metal ribs are made from brass not just because we love the way it looks, but also because it’s made of recycled metals, and so needs less natural resources to produce.

Mudmakers documentaries

Wanna get close up to inspirational clay artists and find out how they approach their craft? Our Mudmakers series of films will allow you to do just that! Stimulating images and conversations with potters whose work we really admire, to inspire you to do your very best creating.

Emma’s gallery

Some of my own work. For the moment I prefer to focus my efforts on the creative process rather than producing series on demand. However, if you see a piece you like, please get in touch and we’ll try to work something out.


Emma Darby
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