One of the reasons I was inspired to come over to Bali was to soak in all the knowledge I could regarding the vast Balinese culture. And as I went along visiting as many historical places as I could manage and talking to the indigenous people, it was brought to my attention to visit Jenggala Keramik.
Jenggala Keramik is a ceramic warehouse where clay is given the utmost respect and treatment to create beautiful tableware and home ware pieces that many restaurants and homes all over Bali use. And as in the case of the international tourists, the exquisitely handcrafted products are a beautiful way to gift your friends and family back home or keep as souvenirs of your visit to Bali.
The clay for over thirty years that is used is the finest of its kind to create the wondrous formulas used to create and showcase their aesthetic products. Also various techniques are employed like casting and throwing on a potter’s wheel but for the most part are all handcrafted. The technique to be used depends on the intricacies of the product in question. A lot of time is given in the thought, design and quality control processes of each and every product. These ceramic Balinese inspired products are offered in a wide array of shapes and colors, in sets as well as in single pieces. A gallery with a wide inventory is right round the corner where anyone that wants to purchase a piece or two can go right ahead and do so. All of them are at affordable prices and there are discounts and promotions available making the shopping experience all worthwhile and interesting.
For the most part, my time at the Jenggala was spent participating in the ‘Paint a Pot’ program, and I must say that it was time well spent indeed. It reminded me of all the fun I had making various homeware pieces out of soil with friends as I was a very little boy. The beauty of this program is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and sizes, as a group or as an individual. I am pretty sure that many kids preferably of three years plus get a kick out of creating something using their own hands. For the adults, I believe that aside from being a fun way to spend time with friends and family, it is a very good activity for soothing oneself and get one with nature.
Everyone is given a chance to come up with their own design and the staff is always there to lend a hand if needed. I love the idea that the visitors get to test and build their creative side. You are left to your own devices and you can create a mug, a bowl, a plate and so on. These have to be fried and will be ready after four or five days. Hence, make sure your activity is well planned until you get to enjoy your final ceramic pieces. Your creation can be made as beautiful as you want. Paints and glazes are provided for you to use.And if anyone is interested in having a one on one class, that can be arranged. All one needs to do is ask. I have found that large parties attending these workshops and they can be as fun filled as one wants them to be.
So if you want to have a birthday party or anniversary party activity, JenggalaKeramik has a new style you may want to consider. However, if you are also one of those people that would rather feast with your eyes rather than participate directly, a viewing area is provided for you to view whatever is going on in the studios. A small café is also available in just a few steps away from the workshop; a great place to relax and catch one’s breath with a very good cup of coffee in hand.
All in all, a visit to the JenggalaKeramik is an activity that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for not just a fun activity but also something that will draw them closer to Balinese history. You will be amazed to find out that you are actually gifted. See and witness how your hands perform magic!
– Joannes Rhino –