Artist Residency Program in Pejaten [Download PDF]
Artist in Residence:
Tanteri Ceramic Studio is built on a family business that capitalizes on global connections, and was established in 1988. I Made Tanteri, a potter and pioneer of ceramic development in Pejaten Village, Bali, founded this company and revived the old traditional pottery that had very nearly died out. He applied his research on Javanese high temperature firing techniques, so villagers could make glazed pottery that is more durable, refined and artistic.
Before 1970, Pejaten was a poor village. Under the guidance of Mr. Tanteri, the village succeeded to flourish in the roof tile industry. However, after a decade, the village found itself running out of clay, and Mr. Tanteri had to look for new ideas to sustain the village’s ceramic industry. That was how the Dutch artist and consultant Hester Tjebbes began her involvement to revitalized the village with new designs, equipment, and technique to obtain a better quality.
The creativity of Pejaten Village was then unleashed, and they began to create masterful, and uniquely Balinese, works that are now sold all over world. For his craftsmanship and his contribution in the crafts field, as a way to aid the development of Indonesia, Tanteri received a national award from the President of Indonesia in 1986. Today, Tanteri Ceramic Studio continues to support the needs of wholesalers and retailers for beautiful ceramic wares. It also supports the artists and craftsmen of Pejaten Village, who play a big role in creating beautiful products.
Pejaten Village is located on a coastal area in the South-West part of Bali. The temperature during the day is rather warm (27- 36 °C), and mild at night (22-27 °C). Although there is no public transportation directly accessible, Tanteri Ceramic can be reached easily by private vehicles since it is located near the main road. Access to the nearest city of Tabanan is about 15 minutes drive.Artists may rent a motorcycle or a car and request to be accompanied by a guide or a liaison officer (LO), to travel to farther destinations.
The neighborhood around the studio is quiet because it is rather removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, it is not difficult to find food vendors, or to do groceries, near the studio because there are convenient stores and traditional markets.
People around the studio are very friendly, caring, and intimate; typical characters of a rural community. The languages used in daily life are Balinese and Indonesian. Although the villagers don’t necessarily have the skills to converse at length in English, they are very friendly and are accustomed to interacting with foreigners because the studio is located near one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali, Tanah Lot. Besides, there will be a liaison officer (LO) to accompany the artist to communicate and interact with local residents.
Tanteri Ceramic Studio facilitates:
- 4 gas kilns with temperature reaching 1250 °C
- 12 electric wheels
- 4 banding wheels, made of wood
- 1 pugmill
- Stoneware clay: 1200-1250 °C, matte green, cream, caramel, blue, etc
- 67 kinds of glazes
- Cuper oxide, Manganese oxide, Titanium oxide, Zink oxide, soft Cobalt oxide, coarse Cobalt oxide, Fe oxide
- Black, red, yellow and pink pigments
- Other materials may be provided by request
Note: it is advised to bring your personal shaping tools
The studio provides a comfortable homestay:
- A private house with 2 bedrooms (only 1 room is Air-Conditioned)
- A shared bathroom
- Kitchen set
- Living room
- Internet connection at Tanteri Ceramic’s Showroom
- Laundry service