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The Story Behind Our One-Of-A-Kind Awards Trophies

TDF Design Awards

Tonight is the biggest night on the TDF calendar this year… our very first TDF Design Awards ceremony is finally here!

When we were dreaming up this idea all the way back in January, we knew that we wanted to award the winners a special keepsake. And being the ‘Golden Globes’-level dreamers we are, it wasn’t long before our winner’s trophies became a complex design project in themselves!

Created by talented Melbourne glass artist, Amanda Dziedzic, these bespoke glass sculptures, each in a unique colourway, are nothing short of breathtaking. 

Today we visit Amanda in her studio to learn about the making of these one-of-a-kind creations… and if you love them as much as we do, you’ll be pleased to learn she’ll be creating something similar for an exhibition with TDF Collect later this year!

19th September, 2019

Glass sculptures custom-made by glass artist Amanda Dziedzic as trophies for the TDF Design Awards. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Amanda heating up the glass. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Amanda heating up the glass to add colour to. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Amanda in her studio. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Amanda and an assistant mouth blowing the final forms of each trophy! Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Handling the delicate forms. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Melbourne-based glass artist Amanda Dziedzic. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sally Tabart
Thursday 19th September 2019

‘I had an idea of what I wanted them to be, but it’s a real surprise to get them out of the kiln the next day!’ – Amanda Dziedzic.

When we found ourselves in need of 12 bespoke trophies for the TDF Design Awards, the first person who came to mind was Amanda Dziedzic. Our working relationship with Amanda first started way back in 2011, when she contributed a sell-out series of her distinctive glass bonsai to the first-ever TDF Open House event. Eight years later, we’ve come full circle, with Amanda crafting these sculptural keepsakes for winners of the very first TDF Design Awards – happening TONIGHT!

Referencing the distinctive colour palettes associated with each of the TDF Design Award categories, Amanda designed these one-of-a-kind masterpieces in collaboration with Lucy, and our art director, Annie Portelli.

While Amanda has been honing her craft for almost a decade, this multicoloured technique was a new challenge that took months of experimentation to perfect. ‘These pieces aren’t about form, they’re all about colour’, Amanda tells. ‘I wanted them to look sort of painterly’.

The colour comes in concentrated, solid form. First, Amanda chops a piece of colour off the solid bar, heats it, then picks it up hot. She then works each one into the glass form, dragging each colour through the next to create a distinctive layered effect. Each individual trophy took an hour to craft. 

Despite the extensive experimentation process, there’s still a high degree of chance left in the final forms. Amanda explains, ‘I had an idea of what I wanted them to be, but it’s a real surprise to get them out of the kiln the next day!’

The result is an exquisite series of delicate, yet robust bespoke glass forms that are more than just a token keepsake. These trophies are a true symbol of Australian craftsmanship and design.

We are SO proud of these spectacular creations. And if you love them too…  stay tuned! We have a TDF Collect exhibition with Amanda coming up in the not-too-distant future!

Be sure to check out the WINNERS of our TDF Design Awards, to be announced first thing tomorrow morning after our Awards ceremony tonight!  AHHHH! 

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