Custom Awards & Event Collateral

QLD Government - 2017 Training Awards

The Queensland Training Awards are held annually in recognition of the varied achievements of the state’s top trainers, which is made up of apprentices, trainees, teachers, trainers, vocational students, training providers, community-based organisations and employers.

Now in its 55th year, the awards celebration is Queensland’s top honour for individuals and organisations striving for success, utilising the best practices in training, and innovation in vocational education and training (VET). With 14 categories, the awards represent everything wonderful about VET across Queensland.

A truly prestigious award, nominees for individual and employer categories first compete at a regional level before moving on to compete against other regional members, then at the state level, then finally at the national level as part of the Australian Training Awards. Regional areas for the Queensland Training Awards consist of Tropical North Queensland, North Queensland, Central Queensland, Darling Downs South West, North Coast, Metropolitan and South East.

Seeking quality, handmade awards for these deserving trainers, we were contacted to create custom awards for their recent 2017 ceremony. With a solid timber base and hardwood timber veneer, we also used a cnc router and UV printed laser cut acrylic for added design elements. Each award was hand assembled by our talented team members, and proudly awarded to the many amazing trainers across Queensland.

For more information or a custom award design request, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help.


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Loveland Products - Acrylic 3D Effect Awards

As one of the leading sellers of high performance input products such as seed treatment, plant nutrition, adjuvant, crop protection products and fertiliser, Loveland Products also goes above and beyond by providing services like sales support and technical training around the world.

While the first 40 years of the business operated only in the United States, there is now a Loveland Agri-Products in Australia, as well as Loveland Products Canada and Loveland Products South America.

In recent celebration of their company-wide success, Loveland contacted us to create a  custom award for their awards ceremony in Colorado, beautifully styled to represent their corporate values with our own touch of professional personalisation.

Designed to have a 3D effect created by layering acrylic UV print, the custom designed award was hand assembled and included laser etching and a classic timber veneer. Loveland Products was overjoyed with the outcome, a memorable piece for hardworking employees.

Thank you for reading, and be sure to contact us for your company’s next awards ceremony.


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Nautique - Timber Dealer Awards 2016

A long time client we’re always proud to partner with, Nautique is a successful boat building company based in Orlando, Florida. Focusing primarily on powerboats used for waterskiing and wakeboarding throughout the United States, Nautique is one of the top trusted companies for custom designed, world class wake boats in the southern United States.

Valuing a rugged, stylish aesthetic that matches the power and thrill of their line of high end powerboats, we have previously collaborated with Nautique to create custom solid timber awards for the 2016 U.S. Open of Water Skiing as well as the Nautique 2016 Big Dawg World Tour, which kicks off in Florida before continuing on to Spain, North Carolina, California, and West Palm Beach.

Drawing inspiration from their innovative powerboat aesthetic, we were once again tasked with creating a custom award for the Nautique 2016 Dealer Awards. Constructed from solid hardwood, we decided to implement full laser etching on the back, creating a stylish, attention-grabbing pattern. Our expert team members also used laser cut UV printed elements and off-center, leaning shape to create a winning, memorable custom award design.

Is your company hosting an upcoming awards celebration? Don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email if you’re interested in working with us to design custom awards for your next event.

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Dude-A-Palooza - Timber Awards

Here at Potato Press, we love any opportunity to work with hardwood timber, so when we were contacted to create a custom award for the 2017 Dude-A-Palooza Awards, we jumped at the chance to participate!

Celebrating accomplishments in fishing, the hilariously named Dude-A-Palooza trophies were designed to include such accolades as the ‘Moby Dick Award,’ and were created with printed timber 3D elements, such as the fish near the top of the trophy. Using native Blackbutt hardwood timber for a clean, aesthetically-pleasing finish, these custom trophies were constructed with laser cut acrylic and UV printed custom veneers.

Final details of the design included matte black painted timber, as well as an acrylic name plate with printed details and red, laser cut text for an added pop of colour.

We hope our client had a wonderful celebration, and we look forward to helping you design your next custom trophy or award. Simply get in touch via the website or give us a call!

Elliot Springs - Custom Award and Box

Located on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, Elliot Springs is the newest residential community in Townsville. Offering scenic views of The Sisters Mountains, Mount Elliot, Mount Jack, Mount Stuart and the Muntalunga Range, Elliot Springs is set to include over 10,000 residential dwellings for more than 26,000 people.

Created by the award-winning Riverside Gardens and Willow Gardens designers and set to include a range of convenient, onsite educational facilities, shops, lifestyle attractions, recreation areas, open spaces and commercial developments, Elliot Springs is set to be one of Queensland’s most enticing new residential communities.

Desiring custom gifts in recognition of those showing “dedication, passion and determination to see Elliot Springs come to life,” we were contacted to create a series of unique custom trophies and boxes.

Designed with custom UV printed acrylic and an Australian hardwood timber veneer base plate, the trophies were also made to include a scenic 3D look landscape and the Elliot Springs signature logo. Utilizing our skills in custom laser cutting, we also created a custom gift box with a subtle black-on-black finish, custom fitted with foam inlays to protect the trophies. 

Professional and sleek, we are in love with this custom designed corporate trophy and accompanying gift box. Please contact us for your next project, we look forward to making your dream a reality!

Gold Coast Fishing Custom Trophy

We were contacted by the good folk at Gold Coast Game Fishing Club to create a custom trophy for one of their fishing competitions. The end result is a striking layered trophy made up of laser etched wood and printed acrylic.



Nautique - Custom Solid Timber Awards

A long time client of ours, Nautique came to us for another event they held last year. We created a custom shaped solid hardwood base with laser cut acrylic and solid aluminium elements to keep with their rugged and stylish aesthetic.

Rocky Mountains Percussion Association - Custom Awards

The Rocky Mountain Percussion Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Colorado based youth organization, that was started by a group of percussion instructors, judges and educators who were concerned about the level of percussion training and performance, primarily at the high school level. The RMPA is now one of the nation’s premier percussion organizations of its kind, and asked us to create some awards for their concert open. These laser cut acrylic awards were designed to look as sharp as their recipients!

Project Spotlight: Bat Mitzvah Collateral

We count ourselves to be pretty lucky here at Potato Press in that we get to work on some pretty cool projects. Recently we were given the opportunity to put together some customised event collateral and a large scale custom invitation for a high profile Bat Mitzvah in New Jersey.

Designed with a classic Western theme in mind, the client requested a rustic wooden feel for the custom invitations in an effort to highlight the rugged, outdoorsy lifestyle. Utilising the unique skills of our in-house design team – namely graphic design  – we went above and beyond in the creation of both the invitations and packaging. Hand finished by our production team, the invitations were packaged and sent off to New Jersey to be hand delivered by a cowboy and cowgirl!

In order to showcase our dedication to originality, we paired different techniques and finishes throughout the delivered product. The main invitation was created using a mix of laser etching, print, layered elements and a custom edge colouring, all accompanied by a printed wooden RSVP and information card wrapped with twine.

In addition to the custom invitations, we also manufactured table numbers, table place cards, menus, serving boards, signing boards for guests as well as a fun logo brand for burning into hamburgers.

If you’ve got a special event or occasion coming up and want to make a last impression, give us a call or drop us an email.

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Balter Brewing Company - Custom 3D Printed Awards

This was a fun project for the guys and gals over at Balter Brewing Company for their “Tins of Glory” beer can sliding competition. We printed the gold hand utilising our in house 3d printer, and created a custom base with ‘stringer’ accents running through it. Check out the promo video down the bottom to see what it’s all about!


Here are some process shots of the 3D printed hands coming together;

Time Pet Custom Trophy

Time Pet is a pet shop supplier that celebrates creativity, hard work and individuality. We used these principles to create fun and eye-catching awards made from layered laser etched and UV printed wood.

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2017 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Champion Trophies

Kicking off both the men’s and women’s WSL World Championship Tours, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast was held at the renowned local surf spot, Snapper Rocks, in mid March 2017. Featuring some of the world’s best surfers, including Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore, among others, the event brought spectators by the thousands to the warm white sands of Coolangatta.

Tasked with the honourable duty of creating customised competition trophies for the contest winners, we went all out to create a product that reflected both our love for the ocean and Australia’s natural beauty.

With a desire to utilise quality local materials, we chose locally sourced, native Australian timber to pay homage to the origins and location of the competition, using the timber as both the backdrop and frame for the trophies. For the central focal point and inner portion, we created a unique and stylised birds eye view of Snapper Rocks, accomplished by overlaying laser cut coloured acrylics in order to portray the point break  waves that Snapper Rocks is so known for. Lastly, we layered laser cut timbers to represent the surrounding sand and rocks, creating a final cohesive look that speaks to both the location and overall surfer lifestyle.

After a fierce and exciting competition, surfer Owen Wright powered through the finals to become the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion alongside runner up and fellow Aussie surfer, Matt Wilkinson. In the women’s competition, Aussie surfer Stephanie Gilmore took home the top trophy, while American Lakey Peterson snagged runner up.

Our trophies glimmered in the well-deserved winners’ arms at the end of their fierce display of skill, and we continue to show our support for the sport of surfing, both locally and beyond.

Interested in having customised trophies created for your event? Get in touch, and we look forward to making your vision a reality.


Photo courtesy of Corey Wilson 

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The Australian Army
Queensland Health
War Memorial
Bond University
Coopers Brewery
Vittoria Coffee