Pejaten has a new tourist attraction namely ceramics museum. Many people do not know yet about it. It is natural because it was just established four years ago gradually. Visitors to the museum named Tantri only reach tens of people. More foreign travelers are recorded. Aside from having a look, they can also practice the
Pejaten has a new tourist attraction namely ceramics museum. Many people do not know yet about it. It is natural because it was just established four years ago gradually. Visitors to the museum named Tantri only reach tens of people. More foreign travelers are recorded. Aside from having a look, they can also practice the making of ceramics. The result can be taken home, so that Pejaten can still be remembered.
Putu Oka Mahendra, founder of the Tantri Museum of Ceramics, said that the idea of establishing the museum actually emerged in the 1980s. At that time, his father served as headman of Pejaten. The idea was then materialized in 2011.
Oka Mahendra said that ceramics and pottery or products made from clay are synonymous with Pejaten village. These crafts have been supporting the life of local community since the beginning. “In the past around in the 1970s, this village was a barren place. The existing agricultural land available was insufficient. Then, pottery crafts helped support the people here,” he said.
In the next decade, around 1985, the ceramics and pottery industry at the village was growing. It was in line with the introduction of the heating technique at high temperatures by a Dutch guest stopping at the village. With the technique, people could produce much higher quality ceramics and pottery.
This former legislator of Tabanan in the period of 2009-2014 said that incoming guests do not only have a look at the collection of ceramics, but also see the process of making ceramics from raw material processing, manufacturing to finishing processes.
In harmony with the passage of time, Oka Mahendra said that many domestic and foreign travelers then come to Pejaten village especially to see the making of ceramics. “The visit is still dominated by foreign travelers from Europe with an average of 30 people per day, while domestic consists of 20 people,” he explained.
Admittedly, the development of Pejaten ceramics has started to increase. It is indicated by high demand for the goods, especially from hotels and restaurants. Definitely this condition encourages the growth of ceramic artisans. Unfortunately, amid such development the artisans are faced with raw material constraint. Not infrequently they must be in line to get ready-to-used materials. “Our raw materials are brought in from Jakarta,” he explained.
Nevertheless, together with local residents he is currently conducting an area arrangement to support the existence of the ceramic museum. One of them is organizing the rural environment so as to support the existence of the industry. (BTN/kmb)