Ceramic Village in Malang is an interesting option of Malang activities. It is located in Dinoyo and also known from its old name, Betek. In 1957 there was a ceramic factory in this area. The building is still there. It is a quite big factory but I couldn’t enter it when I was there.
This factory is closed about seven years ago (2004). The reason was not clear but they thought because of the mismanagement. There is a very big banyan tree inside the front yard of the old factory which gives lots of shadow to the area and a bit mysterious effect.
When the factory was closed, more ex-workers of that factory started to make ceramic for their own shops or just opened a shop to sell ceramics. So that’s the beginning of ceramic village here. In this village you see small shops of homemade ceramics on both sides of the street.
The shop that I visited is owned by Mr. Syamsul. He started the shop in 1988 and he is the president of the association of the shops in the village. Behind his shop is a working area where the ceramics are made. The main material is mixture of different materials. Some comes from other cities close to Malang, like Blitar and some is from far away, like Belitung, a small island at South Sumatra.
First they used kerosene as fuel and traditional stove. It caused lots of pollution and then they change it to LPG.
Mr. Syamsul told me about steps of making ceramic. Here are they :
Mr. Syamsul makes different kinds of ceramic; cups, cups coaster, vase, oil burner with different sizes, etc.
He sells the ceramics just for domestic market because he does not yet have the ability to produce it in bulks for export. He hopes to be able to make it happen in the future.
You can place your order in this ceramic village. Depending on the form the number of minimum order is 100-200 pieces. If they have to make a new cast for your order it will take 2 months. If you use the cast they already have then it will take 1 month.
Mr. Syamsul has also workshop for people (children and adults) who wants to learn making ceramic in different period, 3 days or 1 week or 1 month. But he also offers a short workshop for school students. It takes 3 hours and costs Rp 20,000/child and minimum 10 children. You don’t have to bring anything, all tools are available there. At the time that you read this story the price might be changed. For more information you can contact Mr. Akbar, the contact person, at his cell phone 085259234923. The name of the shop is Cendera Mata Syamsul Arifin and the phone number is +62-341-580562.