From design concept to packing and shipping, the quality behind the Jenggala Keramik brand owes itself to the attention, responsibility and skill applied at every phase of its production process. Each component of the process is fulfilled on site at the factory in Bali and the company’s artists take pride in creating custom made products especially designed for you and your home.
During the Factory Visit, we take you through the various skilled and detailed processes that are required to create a Jenggala product. From the design stage, to various steps of production, up until your favorite Jenggala item is ready and presented in our retail showroom.
Jenggala’s designers are on the front lines of contemporary trends in home décor, always aiming to invent products that will appeal and endure. From sketch pads to presentation boards, they are encouraged to inject new ideas that will keep the collections fresh while maintaining the functionality and refined look of Jenggala’s Balinese essence. Thus far, Jenggala Keramik has produced over 2700 designs for an international roster of clients.
Design is not the only pre-production element that distinguishes Jenggala’s ceramics. Over the past 30 years Jenggala has perfected all of their own clay bodies. Using the finest of raw materials unique Glaze Jenggala Keramik’s lab is located above the main factory. The in house technicians continually run tests to maintain the high quality of the material and formulate a veritable palette of striking, lead-free glazes. There are currently close to 200 different glaze finishes. Once the pieces are formed and dried, the glaze is sprayed on and allowed to sit in preparation of the firing.
There are currently eight kilns in use at Jenggala’s factory. The stoneware is high-fired at a peak temperature well above 1250 degrees Celsius (2000 degrees Fahrenheit) over an eight hour cycle. This vitrifies the body so that stoneware will absorb a minimal amount of water (less than 1%) and will retain heat when used with foods. It also assures that the glazes fuse with the wares to create durable and attractive ceramics. In some cases further design touches are added using appliqués formulas are used to mix the body material for bases such as stoneware and terracotta and porcelain.
Sculpt / Mold / Shape
The original clay, when ready for forming, is hand thrown or casted, depending on the shape and intricacy of the piece – more basic cups and bowls are hand thrown on pottery wheels while plaster molds -also handmade in the factory- are used for casting more complex wares. Other pieces still require RAM press production where lots of finishing and trimming by hand is needed. All methods rely upon the technical skill and devoted attention of the artisans.
Naturally each individual piece is inspected to assure the meeting of high standards. Since each phase of production is done by hand there will be slight variation from one piece to the next. This is not viewed as a drawback or flaw, but as an asset and distinction: every item has inimitable value. Still, the quality control team at Jenggala assures that benchmark s of design, durability and safety are met.