21 episodes

Contemporary design and craft in Australia.
Season 3 goes behind the scenes of the 2023 MAKE Award, Australia's newest and richest national award celebrating innovation in contemporary craft and design. Meet the winner Vipoo Srivilasa; and finalists High Tea with Mrs Woo; Julie Blyfield, Csongvay Blackwood, and Johannes Kuhnen. Hear from MAKE Award judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes.

Season 2 is all about ceramics - production pottery, teaching and learning with clay, museum collections, personal collecting, working with galleries, and ceramics writing and photography. Hear from Ilona Topolcsanyi, Brett Stone, Jane Sawyer, Robyn Phelan and Eva Czernis-Ryl.

Season 1 explores the Masters of Craft - nationally and internationally acclaimed Australian craftspeople working in ceramics, jewellery, textiles and metal. Why does their work matter? How do they keep going? What’s their advice for makers now?

Hear from artists Prue Venables, Jeff Mincham, Lola Greeno, Liz Williamson, Les Blakebrough, Marian Hosking and Robert Baines, and go behind the scenes on the making of the 'Living Treasures' program with Brian Parkes.

Object: stories of design and craft is by the Australian Design Centre.
It's hosted by our CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill.
Production by Jane Curtis, with production support by Alix Fiveash.
Sound engineering by John Jacobs.

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Contemporary design and craft in Australia.
Season 3 goes behind the scenes of the 2023 MAKE Award, Australia's newest and richest national award celebrating innovation in contemporary craft and design. Meet the winner Vipoo Srivilasa; and finalists High Tea with Mrs Woo; Julie Blyfield, Csongvay Blackwood, and Johannes Kuhnen. Hear from MAKE Award judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes.

Season 2 is all about ceramics - production pottery, teaching and learning with clay, museum collections, personal collecting, working with galleries, and ceramics writing and photography. Hear from Ilona Topolcsanyi, Brett Stone, Jane Sawyer, Robyn Phelan and Eva Czernis-Ryl.

Season 1 explores the Masters of Craft - nationally and internationally acclaimed Australian craftspeople working in ceramics, jewellery, textiles and metal. Why does their work matter? How do they keep going? What’s their advice for makers now?

Hear from artists Prue Venables, Jeff Mincham, Lola Greeno, Liz Williamson, Les Blakebrough, Marian Hosking and Robert Baines, and go behind the scenes on the making of the 'Living Treasures' program with Brian Parkes.

Object: stories of design and craft is by the Australian Design Centre.
It's hosted by our CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill.
Production by Jane Curtis, with production support by Alix Fiveash.
Sound engineering by John Jacobs.

    Johannes Kuhnen, MAKE Award finalist

    Johannes Kuhnen, MAKE Award finalist

    Host Lisa Cahill chats with master metalsmith Johannes Kuhnen. 
    Johannes Kuhnen is one of the pioneers of anodised aluminium metalwork. In this episode, Johannes explains why he finds anodising annoying, and his design process.
    Hear from judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes on his MAKE Award entry, Remnant Green.
    Johannes Kuhnen is one of Australia's most well recognised silversmiths. Johannes' practice has remained at the forefront of innovation, in particular his pioneering use of anodised aluminium. A fascination with the colour options of the aluminium continue to provide inspiration for his work and have also inspired many others to explore such potential.
    Guests
    Johannes KuhnenJason Smith, Director and CEO of Geelong Gallery, VictoriaHyeyoung CHO, Chair of the Korea Association of Art and Design, and expert panel member of the Loewe Foundation Craft PrizeBrian Parkes, CEO at JamFactory, Adelaide, South Australia
    Credits
    Object is a podcast of the Australian Design Centre and is made on Gadigal Country in Sydney, Australia.
    It's hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and produced by Jane Curtis, in collaboration with Lisa Cahill. Sound Engineering is by John Jacobs.

    • 17 min
    Csongvay Blackwood, MAKE Award finalist

    Csongvay Blackwood, MAKE Award finalist

    Host Lisa Cahill chats with partners in life and work, Csilla Csongvay and Matt Blackwood.
    In this episode, Csilla and Matt share the inspirations behind their work, what it takes to enter an award, and how they made a single sculpture from 100 pieces of clay.
    Hear from judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes on their work, Walk the Line Version 7.
    Guests
    Csilla CsongvayMatt BlackwoodJason Smith, Director and CEO of Geelong Gallery, VictoriaHyeyoung CHO, Chair of the Korea Association of Art and Design, and expert panel member of the Loewe Foundation Craft PrizeBrian Parkes, CEO at JamFactory, Adelaide, South Australia
    Credits
    Object is a podcast of the Australian Design Centre and is made on Gadigal Country in Sydney, Australia.
    It's hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and produced by Jane Curtis, in collaboration with Lisa Cahill. Sound Engineering is by John Jacobs.

    • 20 min
    Julie Blyfield, MAKE Award finalist

    Julie Blyfield, MAKE Award finalist

    Host Lisa Cahill chats with contemporary jeweller Julie Blyfield. Hear how Julie's MAKE Award entry is inspired by love and loss. 
    Julie Blyfield is a South Australian artist renowned for her work inspired by collected botanical specimens and forms. Using the traditional metalsmithing techniques of chasing and repoussé, Blyfield makes intricately textured pieces, which capture the essence of the Australian natural landscape.
    Award judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes share their thoughts on Julie’s work Memento Vivere (Remember to live).
    Episode photo by Grant Hancock.
    Guests
    Julie Blyfield, contemporary jewellerJason Smith, Director and CEO of Geelong Gallery, VictoriaHyeyoung CHO, Chair of the Korea Association of Art and Design, and expert panel member of the Loewe Foundation Craft PrizeBrian Parkes, CEO at JamFactory, Adelaide, South Australia
    Credits
    Object is a podcast of the Australian Design Centre and is made on Gadigal Country in Sydney, Australia.
    It's hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and produced by Jane Curtis, in collaboration with Lisa Cahill. Sound Engineering is by John Jacobs.

    • 20 min
    High Tea with Mrs Woo, MAKE Award finalist

    High Tea with Mrs Woo, MAKE Award finalist

    Meet clothing designers High Tea With Mrs Woo.
    Rowena, Angela and Juliana Foong are three sisters who run a clothing label that focuses on sustainability and ethical production and who collaborate on design, making, mending and more. 
    In this episode, you'll hear comments from MAKE Award judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes.
    And find out, Who is Mrs Woo? What are the innovative ideas behind their work Resilience Coat?
    High Tea with Mrs Woo is a sustainable fashion practice, crafting clothes and accessories for modern thoughtful living. Their work features natural fibre fabrics, ethically made, through circular design.
    Credits
    Object is a podcast of the Australian Design Centre and is made on Gadigal Country in Sydney, Australia.
    It's hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and produced by Jane Curtis, in collaboration with Lisa Cahill. Sound Engineering is by John Jacobs.

    • 22 min
    MAKE Award winner, ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa

    MAKE Award winner, ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa

    Meet the winner of the Inaugural MAKE Award, ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa.
    Vipoo tells us about the themes that inspire his work, the process of making the winning piece Diverse Dominion Deities, his strategic approach to the MAKE award, and Vipoo's ongoing charity project 'Clay For'.
    Hear comments from judges Jason Smith, Hyeyoung Cho and Brian Parkes on what made this sculpture a prize-winning work. 
    About Vipoo Srivilasa
    Melbourne-based, Thai-born Australian artist Vipoo Srivilasa creates artwork that is positive, accessible, and beautiful. His practice primarily focuses on ceramics, though he also produces works on paper, mixed-media sculptures, bronze statues, and large-scale public art installations. He often incorporates food and interactive performance into his ceramic projects, creating a unique and immersive experience for viewers.
    Guests
    Vipoo Srivilasa, ceramic artistJason Smith, Director and CEO of Geelong Gallery VictoriaHyeyoung Cho, Chair of the Korea Association of Art and Design, and expert panel member of the Loewe Foundation Craft PrizeBrian Parkes, CEO at Jam Factory in Adelaide, South Australia
    Credits
    Object is a podcast of the Australian Design Centre and is made on Gadigal Country in Sydney, Australia.
    It's hosted by CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill and produced by Jane Curtis, in collaboration with Lisa Cahill. Sound Engineering is by John Jacobs.
    Image episode photo by Simon Strong.

    • 21 min
    Series 3: Behind the scenes of the MAKE Award

    Series 3: Behind the scenes of the MAKE Award

    Series 3 introduces the winner, four finalists and the judges of Australia’s newest and richest award for contemporary craft - the MAKE Award.
    This major new national award by us, the Australian Design Centre, celebrates innovation in contemporary craft and design.
    Over five episodes you’ll meet winner Vipoo Srivilasa and finalists the Foong Sisters (High Tea with Mrs Woo), Julie Blyfield, Csilla Csongvay and Matt Blackwood (Csongvay Blackwood), and Johannes Kuhnen. 
    You’ll hear the stories behind their work, and reflections and comments from the MAKE Award judges.
    “An award can establish a career,” Johannes Kuhnen.
    Object is a podcast by the Australian Design Centre and is hosted its CEO and Artistic Director, Lisa Cahill.
    Produced by Jane Curtis and sound by John Jacobs.
    Produced on Gadigal and Wangal Country in Sydney, Australia.

    • 1 min

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