Handcrafted
CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

Australia has a rich history of craft and making, and a vibrant community of contemporary makers working across weaving, fibre arts, ceramics, glass, paper craft, stonemasonry, jewellery and metalwork.

This category seeks to award one outstanding Australian handcrafted project, completed by either an individual, group or organisation. A single handcrafted functional, decorative or wearable item, or a handcrafted product range will be considered in this category. Practitioners of any handcrafted discipline are eligible to enter.

JUDGING CRITERIA + PRIZES

One winner in the Handcrafted category will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded.

Applications have been shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by three expert judges, on the following criteria :

Fulfilment of the brief / project objective

Originality – something we haven’t seen before, something invented from scratch.

Visual Appeal – beauty, boldness, aesthetic appeal.

Craftsmanship – how well does this project demonstrate mastery of a craft?

Sustainability – how well does this project contribute to positive environmental outcomes, with specific consideration of local environmental impact, management and reduction of waste, water and energy consumption?

Visionary thinking – does this project push boundaries, does it achieve something bigger than the intended commercial outcomes?

Bonus points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.

The Handcrafted Award is Sponsored by Jansz Tasmania
WINNER
Nicolette Johnson, Dark Tower
DESIGN STATEMENT

A large coiled stoneware vessel by Nicolette Johnson, encrusted with more than 1,000 hand-sculpted spherical protrusions. An hourglass and ovoid shape combine into a singular totem.

Dark Tower pushes the limits of both the kiln and the maker’s hands to create a piece that is simultaneously ancient and futuristic. 

JURY COMMENTS

‘With Nicolette’s works there is this wonderful sense of ancient antiquity yet futuristic and dreamy.’ – Louise Olsen

‘Beautiful work that belies the complexity of its making.’ – Chloë Powell 

JUDGES
Louise Olsen

Louise Olsen is an artist who co-founded Dinosaur Designs, one of Australia’s leading art and design brands, where she has been Creative Director for over 30 years. Her work is sold globally through her stores in Australia, New York and London and is stocked in stores including Bergdorff Goodman, Lane Crawford and Net-A-Porter. Louise also runs her eponymous label of precious metal jewellery and sculptures. Some of Olsen’s pieces feature in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, NGV Melbourne and Newcastle Art Gallery.

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Maree Clarke

Maree Clark is a Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba woman whose creative practice brings together traditional skills and new technologies. Over the last 30 years, she has been central to bringing south-east Aboriginal arts to prominence within the national arts sector, and she is credited as one of a handful of cultural practitioners pivotal in the reclamation and maintenance of local Koorie cultural practices.

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Chloë Powell

Chloë Powell is a curator and creative producer specialising in contemporary craft and design. She has worked in the arts since 2008 in Australia and internationally, including at RMIT Design Hub and Museum Arnhem, the Netherlands. Chloë is Co-founder/Director of Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial, and Curator at Craft Victoria. She is a member of the Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS) and the Visual Arts Advisory Panel with the City of Yarra.

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Asobimasu Clay, Kaiketsu Vase

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Handcrafted
Kenny Yong-soo Son, The Teapot Project

A collaboration with a master silversmith, this brass piece evidences the importance of balancing warm, handcrafted detail with precision and functionality afforded by machining. It was perfected from 30 prototypes and is food-safe.

Handcrafted
FINALISTS
Asobimasu Clay, Kaiketsu Vase

A wheel-thrown vase created to complement nature and shift the focus on how we interact with flowers. Its walls and curves invite a disordered organic arrangement.

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Tantri Mustika, Garnitures

Inspired by opulent displays of 17th-century ceramics, this series of vessels see an antiquated concept modernised through the ceramicist’s signature colourful terrazzo detailing and gold lustre.

Handcrafted
ACV Studios, Folded Vases

Designed to stand alone without a separate plate or base and display foliage at different heights, this elegant design is created by hand from a single line of brass.

Handcrafted
Nicolette Johnson, Dark Tower

A large coiled stoneware vessel, which is encrusted with more than 1,000 hand-sculpted spherical protrusions. Its hourglass and ovoid shapes combine into a totem, appearing at once ancient, mystic, surreal and futuristic.

Handcrafted
Kenny Yong-soo Son, The Teapot Project

A collaboration with a master silversmith, this brass piece evidences the importance of balancing warm, handcrafted detail with precision and functionality afforded by machining. It was perfected from 30 prototypes and is food-safe.

Handcrafted
Alichia Van Rhijn, Small Spaces

Architectural objects that explore the notion of sacred space, ritual and contemplation, this collection of small sculptures (in clay, metal and timber) encourages passersby to reconsider thoroughfares, and perhaps even play.

Handcrafted
Natalie Rosin, Kirribilli Ceramic Tapestry

This epic, site-specific installation casts dynamic shadows and reflections in its waterside setting, throughout the seasons. Combining 2,580 ceramic pieces, its adjustable form channels an adjacent cantilevered staircase.

Handcrafted
Tammy Kanat, Serenity 2019

Created to client brief, this elliptical wall hanging incorporates ‘sunny Brisbane’ hues and charcoal merino warping to complement a residential living space. Woven in two parts, it utilises wool offcuts.

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Interia, Texture

A handcrafted range of wooden door hardware inspired by traditional Japanese surface texturing. These pieces are visually complex, textural to the touch, yet functional and foster an everyday connection with considered craftsmanship.

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Lynette Sumner, Subterrane Pods

Featuring hand-knitted wire and clay elements in natural shades, these seed, pod and bulb-inspired forms explore the curiosity of nature’s reproduction – unearthing that which is typically subterraneous.

Handcrafted