TDF Talks With Ceramicist Extraordinaire, Tantri Mustika

TDF Talks With Ceramicist Extraordinaire, Tantri Mustika

TDF Talks With Ceramicist Extraordinaire, Tantri Mustika

Podcast

by Lucy Feagins, Editor

Tantri’s dreamy new retail space also offers a glimpse into her studio. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Modern relics by Tantri Mustika, in the maker’s new retail space. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Tantri’s dreamy new retail space in Collingwood Yards, Melbourne. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the Australian ceramics scene over the past few years, you’ve likely heard of Tantri Mustika! Tantri’s distinctive terrazzo-encrusted ceramic vases went CRAZY when she burst onto the scene in 2017, propelling Tantri from ‘emerging maker’ status to full-time crafter in only a matter of months.

Tantri has come a long way over the past four years. After launching her brand with nothing but an Instagram account and a Squarespace website, things took off quickly, and it wasn’t long before she decided to leave behind her former career as a hairdresser. She hasn’t looked back!

Seizing the opportunity to open her very own studio and retail space in Collingwood Yards creative precinct earlier this year, Tantri is showing no signs of slowing down. Her gorgeous new shop is now ready for visitors (after a few false starts – thanks 2020!) – she’s open Fridays 10am – 5pm and Saturdays 11am – 3pm, with extended trading hours leading up to Christmas (Tuesday Dec 22nd from 11am – 7pm, Wednesday Dec 23rd from 11am – 7pm, and Thursday Dec 24th from 10am – 4pm!). Pop in at unit 4/30A Perry Street, Collingwood Yards, Melbourne.

In this podcast conversation, I chat with Tantri about how she built her brand online, the importance of seizing opportunities before you REALLY know what you’re doing, and what she’s learned about the business of craft and design.

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