Royal Doulton is passionate about good design which can span generations and that combines modernity with tradition to create pieces that you want to live with. In partnering with the UNSW Art and Design school Royal Doulton is able to nurture and support the designers of tomorrow. The brief, “Wild Geometry” invited entrants to explore and deliver creative concepts through research into the Royal Doulton brand and taking inspiration from nature. Students were asked to develop design concepts for homeware and interior objects in metal, textile or ceramics supported by concepts for a retail display and point of sale design, product packaging and Royal Doulton brand identity collateral.


Georgina Garrity, Annie Kuang, Sherli Liu, Tulla Carson, Joseph Turrin and Kate Perkins.

The brief was answered by an overwhelming 45 students with superior examples of good design across a broad range of disciplines. Entries were carefully evaluated by an influential panel – UNSW senior lecturer Rod Bamford, prominent design writer Penny Craswell, e-retailer Temple & Webster’s Kate Perkins and Georgina Garrity General Manager Sales & Marketing Royal Doulton Australia – who devoted great care and attention while voting each entry. Judges considered the designs aesthetic appeal, its commercial viability, the process, and overall response to the brief. Following a lengthy process due to the high calibre of submissions, four finalists were selected with one winner, a special commendation and two runner ups awarded.

Joseph Turrin, a 3rd year Bachelor of Design student majoring in Ceramics and Textiles was the recipient of the Royal Doulton and UNSW Art & Design Award for 2016. Joseph received the highly coveted four-week internship at the Royal Doulton Design department in Staffordshire, United Kingdom including travel, accommodation and expenses.

Joseph’s winning entry, “Ripples” was inspired by the natural markings of water on the environment which was explored and expressed in hand textured patterns. The collection featured serveware and decorative statement pieces made from high quality paste porcelain. Joseph’s passion and interest in art and design came at a young age through the work of his mother and father who owned the local antiques and homewares business in the small rural town of Dungog.

Joseph Turrin holding a pitcher from his collection, ‘Ripples’.

Highly commended was Annie Kuang, fourth-year Bachelor of Media Arts student at UNSW Art & Design with her submission “Phase”. Fascinated by all forms of art and design, Annie was inspired by water and it different properties. “Phase” is a fascinating, sculptural collection that translates the many unique features of water into tangible homeware objects for drinking tea.

Phase by Annie Kuang

Finalist Tulla Carson, currently undertaking her final honours year, submitted the engaging collection “Vessels for Change”. The collection provokes conversation and thought around our connection to place, environmental impact and individual wellbeing.

Vessels for Change by Tulla Carson.

Bachelor of Design student, Sherli Liu, was the second finalist with her submission “River”. Inspired by Charles Eames’ theory that “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose,”Sherli created an intimate collection of pieces that were the perfect embodiment of purpose and functionality.

River by Sherli Liu