ABOUT

Created by American artist Florentina Looper, Madame Mug offers whimsical, porcelain, functional artwork for the home.  Each piece is hand-built, hand-illustrated, and hand-painted with meticulous attention to detail.


“I’d like my art to be elegant, strange, and breathtakingly beautiful to its beholder.  An heirloom whose magic lasts past my generation.  My aesthetic comes from many eras including Medieval mysticism and iconography, Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau figurativism, the great 19th century Impressionists, and 19th century Western literature illustration.  Like many others, I see beauty in classic depictions of goddesses and nymphs, in the symmetry and vitality of young flowers and animals, but I like to present these things with intentional imperfection, asymmetry, and a hint of deterioration. My own personal ode to entropy."

Porcelain: Playfully fanciful and feminine, each piece is one-of-a-kind and created with meticulous attention to detail.  The making of a single ware requires several hours of shaping, smoothing, illustrating, and painting plus many dozen additional hours in the kiln. Porcelain paintings are original works, applied with cone 6 underglazes and 22k gold luster.

 
Prints: Select giclee (gallery quality) prints of original watercolor paintings are now available. Prints are made using the highest quality scanning and printing materials in the industry with 600 dpi resolution, and heavy-weight, cold-pressed, archival fine art paper.  The final product is virtually identical to the original painting in image, texture, and weight.  Each print is hand-embellished with highly-reflective gold paint resulting in joyful, glowing artwork that dances with ambient light.