Artist Residency Program in Bayat [Download PDF]
Artists in Residence:
Pagerjurang (PaJu) Ceramic Studio is located one-hour drive from the city of Yogyakarta. The studio is close to Pagerjurang Village, a local pottery center. It is also close to the Cave of Mother Mary, a religious pilgrimage site/tourist destination; and the Tomb of Sunan Bayat, a prominent Moslem missionary who lived in the 16th century.
The village has an ancient technique of making pottery and ceramics, one of five places around the world still practicing this technique. They use a tool that is very simple and energy efficient. The most prominent appeal of Pagerjurang Village is its traditional slanting wheel technique as introduced by Sunan Bayat, a 400-year old heritage that is still used today to produce earthenware pots and vessels. Artisans working with this technique are women, who have been trained since childhood, while men help in finding, processing, and firing clay. The artist-in-residence may enjoy and learn the villagers’ traditional open-air stacked firing technique.
The Ceramics Studio is part of the “Laboratorium Pusat Pelestarian Budaya dan Pengembangan Keramik Putaran Miring” [The Laboratory of the Center for Cultural Conservation and Development of Melikan Slanting Wheel Ceramics] initiated by Prof. Chitaru Kawasaki in 2004, which is now managed by the village and Mrs. Endang Lestari, our representative for JCCB# 3 Artist-in-Residence Program in Bayat, who is also a ceramic artist and a lecturer.
The purpose of establishing the laboratory is to provide education for the public to preserve and develop the rare slanting wheel technique. Visitors from various countries and regions can also learn and practice the technique, obtaining an extraordinary experience in the process.
People around the studio are very friendly, caring, and intimate; typical characters of a rural community. The languages used in daily life are Javanese and Indonesian. However, they are very open to foreigners. Mrs. Endang Lestari and two local students, who had the chance to learn ceramics in Japan, may assist the artist to communicate and interact with local residents.
PaJu Ceramics Studio facilitates:
- Two types of gas kilns: 200x200x180 cm and 60x50x60 cm in size, with temperature reaching 1200 °C
- Traditional kiln (wood kiln): 150 cm in diameter, with temperature reaching 800 °C.
- 15 hand-wheels and 5 slanting wheels
- 5 banding wheels
- Casting room
- Stoneware clay: 1200 °C, light brown and gray.
- Earthenware clay: 800 °C, orange and dark brown.
- Glazes, oxides, and pigments will be provided by order.
Note: It is advised to bring/use your personal shaping tools.
JCCB#3 provides a comfortable place to stay in a local resident’s house:
- A private room for each artist
- A shared bathroom
- Kitchen set
- Living room
- Laundry service
Additional: An extensive collection of books for research in Titian Foundation’s library