So we set our feet back in Ubud, it never gets old here. A cooler climate, pristine greenery, beautiful rice terraces, friendly smiles, aah.. it’s so relaxing.
But today we’ve scheduled ourselves for a more meditating encounter: a ceramic workshop, and of course more culinary experience after that! We managed to find this very homey, non-commercial ceramic studio just a little bit outside of central Ubud.
The owner is a very nice lady, she’s from Switzerland, but has been living in Indonesia for 18 years. Suzan Kohlik is married to a Balinese, they have a beautiful teenage daughter. Being family-oriented, the workshop was just real cozy to work in.
Suzan has been working with ceramics for as long as she could remember. When asked how long she has been involved with it, she put a serious face and said, “a hundred and fifty years. And until today, I never get tired of it.” ending the sentence with a big grin on her face. I could immediately tell that we’re in really good hands.
Being an artist, she has her own unique style. Her ceramic displays on the shelves in the studio are gorgeous, I think they’re definitely something that most people would love to have in their homes. Her work is somehow contemporary asiatic to me, it’s like you can feel that she’s been around a lot.
The class started with Suzan explaining to us for the various hand-building techniques: pinch, coil and slab. The pinching method is done by pinching the clay into a shape that you want, coiling is done by placing coils along the edge of the foot, while slabs are rolled out clays put together into certain shape.
It was very interesting for me, we even got to get on the wheels, turning the clays like what Demi Moore did in the Ghost movie. In the end, we ended up with 2 bowls and 2 big mugs, all made and painted by our hands. We were so proud.
After a satisfying meditating time with the clays, we continued our journey for a late lunch at Babi Guling Ibu Oka, a famous suckling pig restaurant.
The pork was so fragrant with spices, juicy and tender big pieces of meat. Oh Ubud.. What a wonderful time.