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Matilda Moreton & The Cries Of London

December 8, 2021
by the gentle author

When I met ceramicist Matilda Moreton, I knew that she was one after my own heart in her love for THE CRIES OF LONDON. So I am delighted that Matilda will be presenting her work at the BLOOMSBURY JAMBOREE this weekend, 11th & 12th December at Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Sq, WC1N 3AT.

We still need volunteers over the weekend – if you can help please email


Cries of London mugs by Matilda Moreton


‘I have a passion for Bowles & Carver’s eighteenth century street cries and they are my favourite of all those I discovered while researching my ceramics degree project at Central St Martin’s nearly twenty years ago. The richness of London’s history always inspired me through the challenges of living as a country mouse in town. The Thames is an extraordinary archaeological resource and I became a mudlark in more ways than one, both getting my hands dirty along the foreshore and gardening in London clay.

I make quite different work now I live in Somerset, where I set up a studio in an old log shed with clay roof tiles. It has companionable scurrying in the rafters, cows out at the back and chickens coming in to clear up the spiders. Here I have returned to the whirling mud pit that is throwing on the wheel, but sometimes I use my old potshards from the Thames, impressing textures from long-gone Bellarmine jugs and the like.

The Bloomsbury Jamboree is the ideal opportunity for me to revisit my work inspired by the history of London, add in my mud-larking, introduce my new work from Somerset and tie things together.’

Matilda Moreton


Click here to buy a copy for £20


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  1. December 8, 2021

    Very envious of everyone who will attend the Jamboree and enjoy such a bounty of unique and artful gifts. I just spent some rewarding time viewing Matilda’s website, and her work expresses her love of Time and Place — and the joys of working in clay. Her tile murals are stunning! And I’m always happy when the new-to-me term of “mud larking” pops up.

    Stay safe, all.

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