Vast ricefields surround the village of Banyumulek which is about
10 kilometers to the South of Lombok's capital city of Mataram.
Here, the potters produce an incredible variety of earthenware traditionally
used for many purposes, including preparation and serving of food
and ceremonies connected with village life.
In this village, some materials such as coins, grass and rattan
can be put on the pot as accessories as requested. The same as with
Masbagik, Banyumulek pots are embellished by burnished decoration,
in which the copntrast between burnished and un-burnished areas
can be exploited to create pattern.
The village of Masbagik Timur, situated in the sub-district of Masbagik
in East Lombok, is the most isolated of the three villages. Here,
the earthenware designs are characterized by the use of geometrical
burnished decoration on simple forms.
The bone inlay decoration is originally launched from this village.
The skill of potters are spread evenly and make it easier to apply
new design of pot.
The village of Penujak, in the sub-district of West Praya in Central
Lombok, is less than an hour by car from Mataram. The village is
on the main road between Praya, the capital of Central Lombok and
Kuta, a tourist resort on the South coast. In Penujak, the potters
are using simple kilns to fire their pottery which often has carved
designs or applied decoration such as Lizards and frogs.
The thickness of pots from this area is usually more than others,
thus why the pots looks stronger and heavier. Generally during the
preparing of clay, in Penujak the clay is not soaked in the water
to get flour of clay (very fine clay) as other villages, but pounded
before mixed it with sand and water.