TDF Design Awards

The Best Of Australian Handcrafted Design

Today we’re shining our spotlight on the talented finalists in the TDF Design Awards Handcrafted category, presented by Jansz Tasmania, which celebrates handcrafted functional, decorative or wearable designs.

We received a staggering 64 entries in this highly competitive category, now whittled down to just ten finalists working across ceramics, fibre art and weaving, woodcraft, metalwork and more.

A winner and two commendations will be selected by jurors Louse Olsen of Dinosaur Designs, artist and jeweller Maree Clarke, and Chloë Powell of Craft Victoria.  Stay tuned for the winners announcement next month!

Lucy Feagins
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Tantri Mustika, Garnitures. Photo – Melissa Cowan.

Asobimasu Clay, Kaiketsu Vase. Photo – Adam Brady.

Lucy Feagins
12th of August 2019

Tantri Mustika – Garnitures

Inspired by opulent 17th Century ceramics, this series of handcrafted vessels sees an antiquated concept modernised through Tantri Mustika’s signature colourful Terrazzo detailing and gold lustre.

Asobimasu Clay – Kaiketsu Vase

A wheel-thrown vase created by Melbourne ceramicist Kate Brouwer aka Asobimasu Clay, designed to interact with the flowers displayed within, with its organic form and curves encouraging a disordered organic arrangement.

Nicolette Johnson, Dark Tower.  Photo – Nicolette Johnson.

Nicolette Johnson, Dark Tower.  Photo – Nicolette Johnson.

Tammy Kanat, Serenity 2019. Photo – Emily Weaving.

Nicolette Johnson – Dark Tower

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, appearing at once ancient, mystic, surreal and futuristic.

Tammy Kanat – Serenity

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

ACV Studio, Folded Vases. Photo – Anna Varendorff.

Kenny Yong-soo Son, The Teapot Project. Photo – Youmee Jeon.

ACV Studio – Fold Vases

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

Kenny Yong-Soo Son – The Teapot Project

A collaboration with a master silversmith, this brass piece by Kenny Yong-Soo Son (aka Studio Kyss) evidences the importance of balancing handcrafted detail with the precision, and functionality afforded by machining. It was perfected from 30 prototypes, and is food-safe.

Natalie Rosin, Kirribilli Ceramic Tapestry. Photo – Katherine Lu

Alichia Van Rhijn, Small Spaces. Photo – Alichia van Rhijn.

Alichia Van Rhijn, Small Spaces. Photo – Alichia van Rhijn.

Alicia Van Rhijn – ‘Small Spaces’ architectural landscapes

Architectural objects that explore the notion of sacred space, ritual and contemplation, this orderly arrangement of small sculptures (in clay, metal and timber) by Alicia Van Rhijn encourages a playful reimagining of neighbourhoods, cities and streets.

Natalie Rosin – Kirribilli Ceramic Tapestry

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

LEFT: Interia, Texture. Photo – Dean Baird. RIGHT:  Lynette Sumner, Subterrane Pods. Photo – Geoff Sumner Photography

Interia – Texture

A handcrafted range of wooden door hardware by Tasmania-based Interia, 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.

Lynette Sumner – Subterrane Pods

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


Jansz Tasmania understands the dedication and passion that goes into the creation of every handcrafted work of art. That’s why they’re proud sponsors of this year’s TDF Design Awards Handcrafted Award. For more information on their collection of handcrafted sparkling wines, visit

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