18.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

"Second Ceramic Workshop for the Strengthening of Local Communities Capacity in Creative Industries" Held at Borobudur from the 9–13 December 2013

Within the framework of UNESCO’s ongoing project entitled ‘Revitalization of Community Livelihoods Through Creative Industries and Heritage Tourism’, a five-day ceramic firing workshop for local community members was successfully held from 9–13 December 2013 in Karanganyar Village, Borobudur. This workshop and overall project is financially supported by the Government of Australia through Australian Aid.

The workshop brought together selected young ceramic producers from villages in the Borobudur Sub-district to develop skills in producing high quality and sustainable ceramic products. The workshop followed on from a previous training workshop that was held in July 2013. Overall these workshops have aimed at strengthening capacity for the development of creative industries in Borobudur and surrounding areas.

With support from Jenggala (a well-known ceramic-based home industry located in Bali) and Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology–Bali branch, the five-day workshop was successfully conducted. The workshop’s focus was on developing skills to finish and refine the ceramic products that local artisans have been making since the first workshop in July. The workshop focused on developing glazing techniques and training in the use of the newly installed kiln to fire the ceramic products at temperatures of up to 1250°C.

These series of training is a part of strategies to build on local knowledge and skill and provide opportunities for the people of Borobudur, especially women and youth, and enhance capacity for innovative product creation.  It is hoped that this can support the development of new creative economies that can give opportunities for income generation while contributing the sustainable development of the areas surrounding the World Heritage site of Borobudur temple.

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