Turning greyish indigenous clay into rich red-brown and black pottery is no easy task. Yet the 214 women potters, who make up Lombok Pottery Center’s collection of four cooperatives, are experts at creating beautiful and useful objects from the ground up.
Ten Thousand Villages is now pleased to carry several pieces of their versatile pottery, handcrafted using traditional methods and designed with contemporary North American tastes in mind.
|The etched tagine covered dish holds scrumptious African and Mediterranean stews, the fluted-edged pie plate is ripe for apple pastry, and the cinnamon branch spoon rest keeps counters splatter-free.|
|The Lombok potters use one of the most ancient techniques to make strong pottery, and are some of the last remaining people to pass the method down through generations. Each piece is created by pinching or coiling clay, then burnishing it with a paint-like mixture of fine clay, water and oil before rubbing it with a smooth stone or other hard object. The pieces are buried under a pile of coconut husks, straw and rice husks, which are then burned to fire the pottery – no kiln required.|
|On the island of Lombok in Indonesia, where the standard of living is low, and illiteracy and infant mortality rates are high, the Lombok Pottery Center helps women potters improve their lives and the lives of others in their communities. It offers technical and marketing assistance and creates commercial partnerships like ours.|
|Upon hearing that Ten Thousand Villages Canada wanted to start a new venture and carry a line of Lombok dishes, Ayu, leader of Lombok’s marketing team, wrote to let us know how excited the women were after getting the news. “It’s amazing,” she wrote. “They’re so proud.”|
|Tamarind Casserole Dish||Etched Lombok Tagine||Lombok Chili Pot (small)|