Lombok Pottery, process of clay spot, drying process of
clay, varnishing process, firing process, coloring process.
Earthenware Ceramic which is more known as pottery becomes
one of the most ancient traditions which has been long
handed down from one generation to another. It was used to
store rice, salt and spices and it was very seldom used for
Of making pottery is the work of village women and on the
other hands, of selling and taking them into market are the
works of village men but the time has passed and changed
quickly where mostly men take part in pottery production,
working together to produce better quality.
Making a simple pot is not as easy as many people imagine,
it takes long and delicate process and for your
consideration, we are pleased to let you know the following
1. Searching Process
of Clay Spot
It takes inspection in – depth to search for a good clay
which meets the standard of quality. A good clay is not
always from the village which produces pottery but it is
from another village nearby. Clay can not be used
immediately but it needs intently inspection that there are
no any stones and impurities in it.
2. Drying Process of
After the inspection, the clay cut into small cubes and
dried in the sun, it takes about three or four days, when
the cubes are dried, then pounded into clay flour and stored
before used as a dough.
What breathtaking to see is that there is no potter’s wheel
applied during making process but layers are continually
added to the original piece of dough while the potters
themselves move around the object and press it into desired
shaped, yet the final shape looks ready but in fact, it is
not and handed to someone else for decorating then the pot
left in the shade to dry.
3. Varnishing Process
The pot varnished is the mixture of coconut oil and again
left to dry before being scraped with black stone or other
traditional tools and therefore the surface get shiny and
again dried in the hot sun and it takes for about full day
and even involves a brushing in the seaming hot mid-day sun
which further improves the luster.
4. Firing Process
The pot then ready to baked and its gathered into open oven
covered with layers of rice straw which set alight for more
than four hours and of producing temperature takes about 400
to 800celcius degree.
5. Coloring Process
The final touch is to set the right color and if dark red
desired, it is brushed with extract tamarind seeds and if
red flick color desired, it is flicked with husk.
Since any certain training has been well carried out
intensively so that the potters are more creative in making
the tempting designs, motifs & shapes then finally they are
capable of competing with international demands along with
good quality products…
There are 3 villages producing pottery namely Banyumulek in
West Lombok,, Penujak in Central Lombok and Penakak in East
Lombok and each has its own typical uniqueness.