Ketemu Project Space | Visiting Tanteri Ceramic, Pejaten Tabanan
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Visiting Tanteri Ceramic, Pejaten Tabanan

A trip to Pejaten was due, for has long been known as the hub of Bali’s terracotta industry. Its roof tiles, as well as earthenwares have been exported overseas given the excellent quality of the Pejaten red clay. However, due to the over-mining of its red clay and the scarcity of it since the 1980s, the villagers have begun to seek alternatives for their home industry. Pejaten is a small village only 15 kilometers northwest of Denpasar, situated in the Tabanan regency which has been dubbed as Bali’s “rice barn”.

 

The Ketemu team visited Tanteri Ceramic as well as its museum to get a better understanding of how the villagers has coped with the challenges by innovating and targeting at other markets. Today the villagers have redirected their production resources to more artistic wares of export quality aimed at the growing tourist industry. Clay that is used in Pejaten is now imported from other Indonesian islands.