Earthenware Wonders Published in Bali Pure Living
Where to find beautiful handmade ceramics on the island.
On an island full of artisans, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to ceramics. And unlike the mass-produced tableware you might find in big city stores, Bali’s small producers are all about the rustic beauty and individual variances of the hand-hewn. From minimalist mugs to whole collections crafted with volcanic lava sand, there’s something for every taste. Here are a few of our favourites.
Photo: Gaya Ceramic
Gaya Ceramic’s Ubud showroom is home to some of the island’s most sought-after ceramics. Vintage cabinets display an eye-popping array of porcelain, stoneware, and raku homeware. And everything — from teacup to toothbrush holder — is moulded, fired, decorated, and glazed in Gaya’s Bali studio. Italian creatives Michela Foppiani and Marcello Massoni are the driving force behind the brand, incorporating local materials like volcanic stone and rice husks into their designs. With such originality, it’s understandable that prices are amongst the highest on the island.
Cisco & the Sun
Photo: Cisco & the Sun
If Cisco & the Sun’s earthy-toned tableware looks familiar, you’ve likely spotted it gracing the art-centric interiors of The Slow in Canggu. Handmade in Bali and Cambodia, the understatedly stylish collection is the work of The Slow co-owner,
Cisco Tschurtschenthaler. Sugar bowls, mugs, plates and teapots form the bulk of the range, and all is crafted in celebration of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic concept that extols the beauty of natural variances. Order via their online shop (prices are listed in AUD and start from around $38), or pop into one of their Bali stockists.
Photo: Eclipse Pottery
This long-running Ubud studio crafts competitively-priced ceramic tableware for private homes, hotels, and restaurants across Bali. Pak Tamin, the founder, prides himself on using his own tried-and-tested mix of Balinese and Javanese clay. Choose from their signature collection of natural-hued bowls, plates, mugs and more, or dream up your own custom-made dinner set (minimum order of 12 pieces).
Photo: Arta Derau
Specialising in out-there designs in small batches, Arta Derau is the creative output of Jakarta-raised ceramic artist Sekarputri Sidhiawati (Puti). The whimsical assemblage includes mermaid-motif spoons, pink flamingo mugs, rainbow teapots, painted-face plates, and one-off ceramic buttons. Everything is hand-moulded at Puti’s studio in Tegallalang. Check out her Instagram for links to her online shop and pottery workshops.
Studio Ceramic, Sanur
Photo: Studio Ceramic
This light-filled Sanur studio is a lovely spot to get to grips with the basics of pottery. Operated by Kevala Ceramics, it offers fun, hands-on workshops on wheel throwing, decorative techniques, and ceramics painting. Classes are tiny (only three people per session for the Introduction to Wheel Throwing), and the teachers are friendly and attentive. They also offer clay painting workshops for kids — a great way to get their creative juices flowing. Most options last around three hours (for IDR600,000), and include a take-home ceramic piece or two.
Canary-coloured bowls, marble-effect coasters, and colour-block trays are just a few of the unique homeware pieces produced by Jakarta-based brand, Àshworks. Concrete, rather than clay, is the material of choice for sculptor/painter design duo, Cassandra Louise and Zahra Athaya, the imaginative thinkers behind the designs. Limited stock is available via Bobobobo and Tokopedia.