Tanteri Ceramic initially was a ceramics art studio founded in 1987 by I Made Tanteri, who was a pioneer for ceramic development in Pejaten Village Kediri Tabanan. The studio actually was a place provided for the artists and pottery craftsmen to create their creations. Crafts pottery is growing for generations and become a livelihood for the people of Pejaten village. Some of the works of the villagers are widely sold and have significant value for society.
I Made Tanteri has revive the old traditional pottery that nearly died out. His research about high temperature firing techniques in Java, so local people could make glazed pottery, and creation which was more durable, refined and artistic.
He continually encountered technical problems until the fortuirous arrival of Hester Tjebbes, a renewned Dutch ceramic artist. She helped Tanteri and the villagers of Pejaten perfect high temperature firing techniques.
The creativity of Tanteri and his villager was at last unleashed, and they began to create masterful, and uniquely Balinese works, which, sold all over world. For his craftsmanship, and his contribution to craft aiding in the development of Indonesia, Tanteri received KALPATARU a national awards from the President Republic of Indonesia in 1986.
Nowadays, the art of glazed pottery in Bali has rapidly developed. Many ceramic studios have produced various motif of products inspired by the natural environment of Bali, which already well known as the hometown of artist.
Pejaten as an old village that has inherited the art of pottery for generations has largely contributed to the art creation of glazed ceramic. This village has a very typical motif with its distinctive form, further highlight to flora/fauna ornament and its gentle colors like moss green/jade.
In an effort to maintain and preserve the art of ceramics, Oka Mahendra feel compelled to establish Tanteri Foundation which aims to preserve and develop the art of pottery and ceramics in Bali. The Foundation manages Tanteri museum that collect various ceramics and pottery ever made in Pejaten village as well as various ceramics found in Indonesian archipelago.