It’s unusual for a building to have a matching set of mugs. Then again, Mapleton Crescent SW18 isn’t your typical building. Tall, green and slender, its façade will shimmer with bespoke green-glazed terracotta tiles. These tiles were designed with the help of Loraine Rutt, our consultant ceramicist, working closely with architects Metropolitan Workshop.
Loraine is a fine art ceramicist and we spoke to her to find out more about her involvement in the project – and why she was inspired to make a limited range of mugs to celebrate the building.
“When architects Metropolitan Workshop proposed a terracotta façade for Mapleton Crescent SW18, they asked me to advise on creating a glaze that would feel ‘handmade’, rather than factory-produced, bringing a human scale to this tall building. They wanted to give life and movement to the building that would catch the eye of locals and residents, and continue looking good with minimal maintenance.”