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History of Tanteri and Pejaten
Pottery Village

Tanteri Museum of Ceramic Arts

Established on May 30, 2011, ‘Tanteri’ Museum of Ceramics is located in Tabanan Bali and managed by Tanteri Foundation. This ceramic museum showcases various kinds of pottery and ceramics which have been made in Pejaten as well as various types of ceramics that found in Indonesian archipelago. The name of the museum ‘Tanteri’ has significant meaning. The word ‘Tanteri’ was derived from the name of a very important figure, who has given a large contribution in the development of ceramics craft in Pejaten village. Beside this figure, there are also other people who contributed in the development of ceramic art in Pejaten, namely: I Wayan Kerta, Mangku Kuturan, and I Made Durya.

I Made Tanteri was the head of Pejaten village who gave a lot of attention to the construction and development of ceramic art in this village. He devoted his life for 29 years as the head of the village and because of its pioneering work; in 1986 he has awarded the Upakerti Award from the President of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. Another figure who also contributed to the development of the art of pottery craft in Pejaten village is Hester Tjebbes, an artist and a ceramic consultant from Netherlands who have introduced a ceramics art with high-temperature combustion. Starting in 1984 when he became acquainted with the pottery community in Pejaten village, when then he became very close to the local leaders, I Made Tanteri. At that time the Pejaten village, where most of the villagers were dependent on tile and pottery industry was expected to experience difficulties in obtaining raw materials so that they were asked to find alternative livelihoods. Therefore, in 1985, Hester Tjebbes advised them to make ceramics with high-temperature combustion technique. He suggested that, on the basis that the local people already have the expertise in making pottery. In 1985, a unit of training and development of high temperature ceramics was established with funding from the HIVOS Dutch Foundation.

This training has produced many ceramics workshops which established in almost every corner of the village, like Pejaten Ceramic, Dwisula Ceramic, Ngurah Ceramic, Kuturan Pottery and Ceramic, Trinadi Ceramic, Miasa Ceramic, Tanteri Ceramic, and many others.


Pejaten Pottery Village

Located in the rapid growing South Tabanan area, Pejaten is a small village just 5 kilometers from the famous Tanah Lot that is well known for its sacred temple and stunningly beautiful sunset.
Pejaten is a part of Kediri district, Tabanan Regency and Bali Province. This 1300-square-meter village has been a center of pottery-making for generations, with stronge tradition of pottery-making and has produce vast types of pottery including jars, paso, panels, trays and coblong; a small hole for both kitchen tools and traditional ceremonies purposes.

The tradition of pottery-making has evolved into porcelain ceramic art using high-temperature combustion technique (stoneware 1250 degrees Celsius). The art of ceramic has provided many job opportunities for local communities. Nowadays, we can see many ceramic workshops or studios which scattered in almost every corner of the village, so the village is dubbed as the Pottery Village by the tourists. As a center of ceramics and pottery craft in Bali, this village was visited by 4000-5000 foreign and domestic tourists per years. Most of the foreign tourists who visit come from German, France, and Australia.

The availability of workshop and gallery facility allows travelers to view and directly involved in the manufacture of ceramics, ranging from the clay processing stage to combustion stage.

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Statement of The Chairman

Nowadays, the art of glazed pottery in Bali has rapidly developed. Many ceramic studios have produced various motif of products inspired by the natural environment of Bali, which already well known as the hometown of artist.

Pejaten as an old village that has inherited the art of pottery for generations has largely contributed to the art creation of glazed ceramic. This village has a very typical motif with its distinctive form, further highlight to flora/fauna ornament and its gentle colors like moss green/jade.

In an effort to maintain and preserve the art of ceramics, we feel compelled to establish Tanteri Foundation which aims to preserve and develop the art of pottery and ceramics in Bali. The Foundation manages Tanteri museum that collect various ceramics and pottery ever made in Pejaten village as well as various ceramics found in Indonesian archipelago.

In this museum can also be seen the process of ceramics making and see the development of pottery and ceramics craft in Pejaten village from time to time.

Tanteri Foundation,

Mr. I Putu Oka Mahendra


Tanteri Permanent Collection

Estimated to be 400 years old

Old Ceramic 4

Estimated to be 400 years old

Old Ceramic 3

Estimated to be 400 years old

Old Ceramic 2