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Pottery-making techniques have evolved since 2500 BC, when Indonesians are known to have begun making ceramics, yet Gaya Ceramic and Design manages to craft au courant designs while remaining faithful to those early roots. Located amid the terraced rice paddies and jungles of Bali, the studio uses raku, reduction, salt and soda, and other firing methods practiced by Indonesian artisans for centuries. Some 60 craftspeople, led by CEO Marcello Massoni and artistic director Michela Foppiani, produce tableware, lighting, art installations, and other wares of such notable quality that numerous international luxury brands and designers—among them Armani/Casa, John Hardy, Paola Navone, and the Amanresorts chain—regularly commission work from the company.

Gaya displays an aesthetic flexibility that ranges from traditional to contemporary—from unglazed, low-fire work to high-fire porcelain with crackle glazes or in rich hues like celadon and oxblood. The artisans are as adept at shaping perfectly turned ceremonial tea bowls as they are at collaborating with clients on modern furniture commissions, such as the raku tile–rimmed table in a Bali house. And while a 12-piece Gaya dinner set can be purchased for $1,000, custom commissions can exceed $30,000, depending on scope and complexity.

Gaya Ceramic and Design, +62.361.7451413, www.gayaceramic.com

 

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