Helloindonesia.id – To the south from Manado City, with a distance of about 40 km, we will find a tourist village where most of the residents work as ceramic craftsmen. Administratively, the village, better known as Pulutan Village, is located in Remboken District, Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi.
Stevi, one of the ceramic craftsmen in Pulutan Village who was met, said that making ceramics must be done in several stages. The first stage is to take the soil in the garden. The soil taken is usually clay. In addition to being found in abundance, this type of soil is very strong and suitable as a raw material for making ceramics.
Soil that has been taken and collected cannot be directly used as raw material for making ceramics, considering that the soil must go through the milling stage. After grinding, the soil is then put into a container (sack) to be taken little by little in the process of making ceramics.
“There are various forms of ceramic crafts in Pulutan Village, such as flower pots, ceramic displays, containers, and others,” said Stevi. Uniquely, Pulutan Village also serves the manufacture of ceramic shapes and motifs according to the wishes or orders of consumers.
In a day, on average, Pulutan Village ceramic makers can produce around 50 small-sized ceramics or 10 medium-sized ceramics. While ceramics in large sizes can take more than one day to manufacture. The price offered is very affordable, adjusted to the size and complexity of the ceramic motif. Small ceramics are priced at IDR 150,000, and the most expensive ceramics can cost more than IDR 2,500,000.
The products of Pulutan Village ceramics are usually sold to markets around South Sulawesi and Gorontalo through collectors. However, for ceramic craftsmen who already have regular customers, they are usually the ones who come directly to order ceramics according to the desired shape.
The existence of the Pulutan ceramics craftsman village cannot be separated from the participation of the Regional Government which often holds various trainings and collaborations with various ceramic craftsmen throughout the archipelago. However, Stevi acknowledged the lack of attention from the Regional Government in promoting Pulutan Village as a leading ceramic-producing tourist village, so that this village is still not widely known by the public and tourists visiting North Sulawesi.
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