From humble beginnings in a small crowded workshop on Sanur Beach, Jenggala Ceramics has grown into a multimillion-dollar business that exports around the world. The studio was founded by two, now deceased, Balinese legends: Brent Hesselyn, a New Zealand designer and potter, and Wija Waroruntu, an Indonesian hotelier. Wija's daughter, Ade, has since taken over the business. You'll encounter ceramics all over Bali -- from the markets to your breakfast table -- but the best ones are Jenggala. Their inspiration comes from natural forms such as frangipani, bamboo, and banana and lotus leaves. The tableware collections in a variety of colors and custom-made sets can be ordered and shipped around the world. Their impressive client list includes Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten who orders sets for his high-profile restaurants in New York, London, and Paris. Monthly exhibits include private collections as well as work of artist-in-residence, Anne van Borselen, a sculptor and a painter from Holland. Visiting and local artists also present ceramics shows here.
Paint-a-Pot & Make-a-Pot at Jenggala Ceramics -- At Jenggala Ceramics, children of all ages can explore their inner Picasso by painting raw, glazed ceramic. Prices range from US$7 to US$26. If you want to handle your own clay, 2- and 4-hour sessions are priced according to the kilos of clay used. Make a reservation for a group visit of more than two people. Hours for Paint-a-Pot are 9am to 5pm; Paint-a-Pot is US$6 to US$20, Make-a-Pot is US$12 (plus cost of clay).
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010