Making Space
Past Event

Making Space

Presented by The Design Files


Thu 18 May 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Opening Night
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 21 May 11:00am - 4:00pm
Mon 22 May
Open by appointment
Tue 23 May
Open by appointment
Wed 24 May
Open by appointment


Free, no booking required


The Design Files Gallery
14 Little Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia


All gender bathroom Low sensory / relaxed Wheelchair accessible

Presented by The Design Files, Making Space is a collaborative exhibition of sculptural works by ceramic artists Ella Reweti and Tantri Mustika.

In today’s productivity-driven society, many artists and designers are feeling the pressure to create more, produce more, and sell more. This pursuit is often placed above all else, leading to disregard for individual well-being, creativity and authenticity. Passion projects are put on hold, ideas and concepts never see the light of day.

Ceramic artists Ella Reweti and Tantri Mustika explore what it means to make space for expression and experimentation before production in their practices. The exhibition showcases the fruits of this exploration and artistic growth with works that highlight each of their unique styles, techniques and forms. The exhibition invites viewers to join Ella and Tantri on a journey of experimentation with old ideas and new techniques, and to witness the evolution of their artistic voice, as they continue to find ways to balance the demands of productivity with a personal artistic vision.


Ella Reweti

Ella Reweti is a maker based in a Melbourne (Naarm/Birraranga) working predominantly with slipcast ceramics to create functional, sculptural pieces inspired by architectural forms. Recognised widely for her trademark corrugated vases, planters and tableware, Ella has developed a process involving stackable, interchangeable plaster moulds that can be used to create multiple variations of the same form. Inspired by the Australian architectural vernacular, Ella’s most recent work playfully extends on this process by using plaster building blocks to mimic the repetitive, stacked structures of high rise and apartment buildings.

Tantri Mustika

Tantri Mustika is a ceramicist based in a Melbourne (Naarm/Birraranga) who makes a range of unique and colourful ceramics.

Her current collections of work incorporate the use of meticulously hand stained and marbled clays that mimic characteristics of natural stones. This technique combined with age-old hand building methods and unexpected use of colour come together to create a collection of sophisticated, yet exciting forms that can be used and admired in everyday life.

Tantri is currently creating works in small batches, each and every piece finishes with no pair identical and is unique in patterning and colour due to the techniques and processes used.

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