This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

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! 

This Week

Creative People

Landscape Studio Ayus Botanical On Creating Calming + Enduring Gardens

The husband-and-wife team of Ayus Botanical share the thoughtful processes behind their lush residential and commercial projects!
Christina Karras

Architecture

The Treasure-Filled Sydney Home Of Two Global Art Collectors

House Gezellig by Studio Prineas reflects their clients’ love for modernist design principles and collection of fine art.

Studio Visit

Kelly Thompson’s Playful Preston Showroom Clashes Colour In The Best Way

The clever creative behind online store, Makers’ Mrkt, gives us an inside look at her fun Preston stockroom-turned-store!
Christina Karras

Shopping

8 Local Creatives Making Furniture That Doubles As Art

Meet our favourite designers and makers pushing the limits of traditional furniture with their sculptural and striking pieces!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Mediterranean-Inspired Holiday Home Right On The Water’s Edge

CLO Studios styled the interior of this new Noosa home (dubbed Sky Garden) with earthy tones and pieces by local artists.

Homes

A Stylist + Podcaster’s Layered, Textured Seaside Home

Kerrie-Ann Jones’ renovated retro pad in Sydney’s southern beaches is a sun-drenched dream home!

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Costume + Production Designer, Catherine Martin

The four-time Oscar winning designer shares insights from her career working alongside husband Baz Luhrmann, and how she helped bring 'Elvis...
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Brave New Eco revitalises an existing Brunswick home for multiple generations with a new extension, natural material palette and clever use

Gardens

A Hawthorn Home Enveloped In Dreamy, Layered Gardens

This new family home is brought to life with lush gardens designed by Peachy Green – reminiscent of a flowering ‘woody meadow’!
Christina Karras

Creative People

Artist and Yindjibarndi Elder Wendy Hubert On Mapping Country + Culture

Our new columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey talks to respected Yindjibarndi Elder, artist, Cultural Custodian and linguist, Wendy Hubert about Coun...
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Food

Julia's Irresistible Double Chocolate + Tahini Brownies

Is there anything more irresistible than a brownie? We think not! Especially Julia's, which come with double the chocolate, and a nutty swir...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

Kuku Yalanji Artist Tiarna Herczeg Creates Colourful Maps Of Country

The emerging artist shares how they found their creative voice and intuitive painting style, as their latest solo show opens in Sydney.
Christina Karras

Art

Artist Cressida Campbell Is Finally Getting The Spotlight She Deserves

A new exhibition at the NGA brings together more than 140 works from the artist's life and unique practice.

Architecture

A Colourful Extension Inspired By Clinker Bricks

Wowowa’s Presto House is a vivid and respectful addition to a 1930s art deco home made from 'clinker' bricks.
Sasha Gattermayr
  22 hours ago

Architecture

A Compact + Colourful Extension Of A Fun Family Home

Foomann Architects replaced this Melbourne home's dated extension with a personality-filled renovation, behind a vibrant pink door!
Christina Karras

View Comments

Similar Stories

Craft

Amanda Dziedzic · I Dream a Greenhouse

A new body of work from Melbourne glass artist, Amanda Dziedzic.
Lisa Marie Corso

This Week

Art

Artist Cressida Campbell Is Finally Getting The Spotlight She Deserves

A new exhibition at the NGA brings together more than 140 works from the artist's life and unique practice.

Studio Visit

Kuku Yalanji Artist Tiarna Herczeg Creates Colourful Maps Of Country

The emerging artist shares how they found their creative voice and intuitive painting style, as their latest solo show opens in Sydney.
Christina Karras

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Costume + Production Designer, Catherine Martin

The four-time Oscar winning designer shares insights from her career working alongside husband Baz Luhrmann, and how she helped bring 'Elvis...
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Brave New Eco revitalises an existing Brunswick home for multiple generations with a new extension, natural material palette and clever use

Food

Julia's Irresistible Double Chocolate + Tahini Brownies

Is there anything more irresistible than a brownie? We think not! Especially Julia's, which come with double the chocolate, and a nutty swir...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Architecture

A Compact + Colourful Extension Of A Fun Family Home

Foomann Architects replaced this Melbourne home's dated extension with a personality-filled renovation, behind a vibrant pink door!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Colourful Extension Inspired By Clinker Bricks

Wowowa’s Presto House is a vivid and respectful addition to a 1930s art deco home made from 'clinker' bricks.
Sasha Gattermayr
  22 hours ago

Shopping

8 Local Creatives Making Furniture That Doubles As Art

Meet our favourite designers and makers pushing the limits of traditional furniture with their sculptural and striking pieces!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Stylist + Podcaster’s Layered, Textured Seaside Home

Kerrie-Ann Jones’ renovated retro pad in Sydney’s southern beaches is a sun-drenched dream home!

Architecture

The Treasure-Filled Sydney Home Of Two Global Art Collectors

House Gezellig by Studio Prineas reflects their clients’ love for modernist design principles and collection of fine art.

Interiors

A Mediterranean-Inspired Holiday Home Right On The Water’s Edge

CLO Studios styled the interior of this new Noosa home (dubbed Sky Garden) with earthy tones and pieces by local artists.

Studio Visit

Kelly Thompson’s Playful Preston Showroom Clashes Colour In The Best Way

The clever creative behind online store, Makers’ Mrkt, gives us an inside look at her fun Preston stockroom-turned-store!
Christina Karras

Creative People

Artist and Yindjibarndi Elder Wendy Hubert On Mapping Country + Culture

Our new columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey talks to respected Yindjibarndi Elder, artist, Cultural Custodian and linguist, Wendy Hubert about Coun...
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Creative People

Landscape Studio Ayus Botanical On Creating Calming + Enduring Gardens

The husband-and-wife team of Ayus Botanical share the thoughtful processes behind their lush residential and commercial projects!
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Hawthorn Home Enveloped In Dreamy, Layered Gardens

This new family home is brought to life with lush gardens designed by Peachy Green – reminiscent of a flowering ‘woody meadow’!
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Craft

Amanda Dziedzic · I Dream a Greenhouse

A new body of work from Melbourne glass artist, Amanda Dziedzic.
Lisa Marie Corso

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net