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The Distinctive Craft of Bayat Pottery Making

One of the most well-known producers of ceramics in Indonesia, the village of Bayat, located 40 km from densely populated Yogyakarta, has acquired a reputation as a bustling pottery centre over the centuries of its existence.

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With earthenware having developed in Bayat and its surrounding areas centuries ago, ceramics remains one of the most exquisite crafts in the region. With the unique aspects of its production, the earthenware of Bayat is a testament to the unique cultural legacy of the Javanese people of Indonesia. Unlike the common practice of using a flat potter’s wheel, the Bayat craftsmen and women use a slanted wheel with a sideways twisting technique to create various ceramic products.
In Bayat, the clay for the earthenware contains kaolin and quartz, which results in more durable and sturdy creations. From water jugs and other household appliances to ornamental earthenware, the one-of-a-kind ceramic creations of Bayat – with their signature blackish-brown colour, a hue that emerges after firing rather than from glazing – have transformed the area into a desired destination with pottery centres and workshops that continue the tradition of pottery making as a highly skilled and respected craft.