Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New JamFactory Light Fitting Commission Wows!

JamFactory’s  Glass and Metal Design Studios recently completed a commission for a client in Adelaide, and we thought you might like to have a look at it.

This was a truly collaborative effort. The client was keenly involved in the design process, which was headed by Glass Studio Creative director, Karen Cunningham.  The glass shades were hand blown and crafted by the Glass studio, and the powder coated stainless steel and hand machined brass fittings were built by JamFactory’s Metal Design Studio. Installation of the lighting fixture was completed by the JamFactory team in May 2014. 

The client had this to say:
 In terms of how we came to commission the Jam Factory, I felt that the Dining area needed a large scale light fitting to create a focal point and bring the scale of the very high ceilings down to create intimacy around the Dining table. I was concerned that otherwise this area would feel too transitional, like a large corridor to the Living area or the adjacent Kitchen. With the new extension using primarily steel for the windows and very simple modern detailing elsewhere, the slightly mottled effect from the glass shades, along with the metal of the branching support structure complement the Architecture while giving movement and texture.
I couldn't find a light fitting that would produce the desired "hand made" sculptural feel that I was looking for available commercially, so commissioning a piece from the Jam Factory was the logical step. It was a fantastic collaborative experience - we're thrilled with the end result, and people are literally blown away when they walk in, it really does add a very special feel to the space.  
 JamFactory offers a unique design and production service through our ceramics, glass, furniture and metal design studios. We have an extensive record in undertaking projects ranging from public art, corporate gifts, trophies and awards to furniture, tableware and architectural interiors. Whether customising an existing product or developing concepts and prototypes for specific purposes we specialise in combining good design with fine craftsmanship.
Photos: Fernanda Pardo
To speak to one of our staff about the commissioning process phone (08) 8410 0727 or email

Thursday, April 3, 2014

JamFactory Studio Tenant Andrew Bartlett assists Taylors’ Wines With a Bold Vision

Furniture Designer and JamFactory Studio Tenant, Andrew Bartlett, has recently completed a wine packaging project with South Australia’s family owned Taylors' Wines with their newest wine: Taylors' 2009 The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon which is the inaugural release of this super-premium wine, which will only be released in exceptional vintages.

“….  Each 750 ml bottle of The Visionary is individually hand labeled, hand numbered and hand packaged in a bespoke design luxury gift box.   In additional the Taylor family also bottled a very limited number of six-litre imperials of the 2009 vintage of which just ten will be released for sale. Befitting the pinnacle nature of this release the family commissioned Adelaide furniture designer and maker Andrew Bartlett to create a bespoke cabinet for each imperial. Each cabinet has been crafted out of a single piece of hand selected Tasmanian blackwood. The fixtures and fittings, including the individual Spanish crafted locking mechanism, have been finished in rhodium to ensure that they, like the cabinet and the wine housed within, will safely see in the second half of this century.

“My task was to create an experience that was both intriguing and subtle from start to finish. The design, construction and presentation of the cabinet enhances the recipients encounter with the wine without overpowering it,” Andrew said.

When the wine and cabinet are purchased (RRP AU$5,000) the buyer will be presented with an individual Tasmanian blackwood presentation box whose design echoes the full size cabinet. Inside the presentation box will be an individual rhodium plated key to unlock the cabinet, a letter of authenticity personally signed by Mitchell Taylor and a series of limited edition photographic prints featuring a selection of specially commissioned images of The Visionary and its cabinet shot by world-renowned photographer Keith Saunders.

This rare occasion, where the packaging is as complex and layered as the wine itself, is one of the elements that make this a genuinely special wine to own. “There is not another table wine packaged to this level of sophistication and luxury anywhere in the world,” Mitchell said.

Andrew produced a total of twenty sets of boxes for the two vintages.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa

JamFactory’s Assistant Curator Adele Sliuzas introduces her upcoming Project, Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa.

In the second half of 2014 JamFactory I am curating an exhibition titled Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa. I thought it would be great to share a little bit about the project as it develops!
Be Consumed is a project that focuses on a number of creative collaborations between leading artist and designers and renowned food and wine producers from the Barossa. It looks at the relationships between food, wine, art and design, and celebrates the distinctive contexts and characteristics of the iconic Australian region.
As curator of the exhibition, I am excited to be working with some of South Australia’s finest! There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the collaboration from both artists and producers, who are keen to share their artisan skills.
Be Consumed is a unique opportunity for producers from different industries to work together, share ideas, skills and stories. The collaborative aspect is at the core of the project, with a major focus on mutual exchange. We are interested in seeing the kind of creative ideas that come out of different people working together. 

Morning meeting with artist Stephanie James-Manttan and Producer Jan Angas at Hutton Vale Farm
Having met with a few of the artists and producers, I can already see the parallels that run between the collaborators processes. Artisans of Barossa spoke of the ancient tradition of wine making, while their collaborator Andy Baldwin noted the similarly ancient tradition of glass blowing, his chosen medium. At Carême, ceramicist Susan Frost noted some parallels between preparing pastry and preparing clay. Other collaborators shared a similar ethos in terms of making, whether it be art or food. These simple ties are what will allow the artists and the producers to develop an understanding of each other.
Be Consumed is an important project for JamFactory, and as part of our first year in the Barossa, it is a chance for us to get to know the locals. The collaborations kick off professional and personal relationships, as well as strengthening creative networks within existing communities.
The selected artists work across various mediums, including ceramics, jewellery, glass and furniture, echoing JamFactory’s commitment to craft and design.  They have been commissioned to produce new works for the exhibition, and throughout the next few months will be developing ideas that respond to the producers business. Curatorially, I am really interested in seeing how the works evolve throughout the collaboration. The artists may choose to reflect upon the core concepts of the producers business, draw ideas from stories of the region, or respond directly to the processes used in production of food or wine. I am looking forward to seeing how these stories are drawn out and unfold. 

Making Cheese at Barossa Valley Cheese Company
Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa brings together 12 strongly craft-based artist and designers with 12 Barossa food and wine producers who are equally dedicated to the fine craft traditions of their industries. Exhibiting artists include Andrew Baldwin, Honor Freeman, Susan Frost, Jon Goulder, Stephanie James-Manttan, Leslie Matthews, mono (John Quan and Kumiko Nakajima), Wayne Mcara, Julia Robinson, Prue Venables, Janice Vitkovsky, Gerry Wedd. Barossa producers are Jan Angas of Hutton Vale, Appellation, Artisans of Barossa, Barossa Coffee Roasters, The Barossa Valley Cheese Company, Carême Traditional Pastry, FermentAsian, Fino, Maggie Beer, Saskia Beer, Seppeltsfield Winery and Yalumba.

Exhibition dates:
JamFactory at Seppeltsfield 18 July - 17 September 2014
JamFactory Adelaide 26 September – 29 November 2014

Pickled Vegetables at Fino
JamFactory's Assistant Curator Adele Sliuzas

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CUSP: Install at JamFactory- by Cynthia Colli of Object: Australian Design Centre

I’m sitting here today planning day 4 of the install of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade at JamFactory in South Australia and reflecting on the past three days of the install. I’m happy to say that all is looking good – in fact, doubly good because CUSP will be showing in two locations at the same time! CUSP‘s South Australian leg of the national tour is split over two venues, the iconic JamFactory in Adelaide and JamFactory’s new and beautiful sister gallery and store in Seppeltsfield Winery, in the Barossa Valley. We’re excited that the CUSP experience will now reach two geographically separated audiences, and for those keenly interested in cutting-edge design thinking, offers an experience that has you travelling to two great South Australian locales.
Planning this split has taken the Object: Australian Design Centre and JamFactory teams months of planning. You would think, much like I did, that the simultaneous installation of a 300sqm exhibition over two venues that are close to an hour away from each other in five days may present a hiccup or two, but the opposite has been true in this instance. I’m really impressed by the teamwork here and seeing the ability and drive of every one of our crew to get CUSP up and ready for viewing come February.
CUSP, being the ever-evolving entity that it is, has developed some great advancements to some of its exhibits. As this national program will always be on the very ‘cusp’ of design, no showing on the tour will be the same as the previous one. It’s so interesting to see the designer’s works and design theory change, grow, develop. For example, Stephen Mushin, industrial designer with the creative and ecological mind like a Tardis, now presents his thought experiments in colour! When visiting, make sure that you take some good time to thoroughly follow the whacky, but all theoretically sound, ecological ‘futures’ that are possible when you think outside the box. Mari Velonaki presents the latest culmination of the immense research project that she and the social robotics team at University of New South Wales have undertaken. MaterialByProduct have again brought the beauty and the further deepening of meaning in fashion design to the JamFactory Adelaide gallery, with two new artisanal and production garments. Get close and personal with the garments and their stories, feel them, see their handwork and printing, and follow them on their journey via social media.
Adelaide and Seppeltsfield are wonderful places, with welcoming people, highly skilled artisans, vast, earthy landscapes and a buzzing design community. I, and the whole Object team, hope that you find yourself travelling to see one half of CUSP and continuing the journey through to it’s sister showing too.
CUSP is a touring exhibition from Object Australian Design Centre and is at JamFactory until 26 April.
CUSP Opening at Seppeltsfield

CUSP Opening at Seppeltsfield

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide

CUSP at JamFactory Adelaide