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Paper ID: 43

The Uniqueness of Environmentally Friendly Pagerjurang Pottery Products

D P Arissuta

Faculty of Art and Design, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Jl. Ir. Sutami No. 36 A, Kentingan, Jebres, Surakarta 57126, Central Java, Indonesia


This paper aims at studying and describing the characteristics of pottery, specifically tableware products from Pagerjurang that are safe to be used as eating utensils and eco-friendly. The background of this study is the concern on the proliferating products made of plastic and its derivatives which are not friendly to nature and our environment. Pottery is a product which is able to adapt to the times development. The products have been used since prehistoric times as simple cooking and eating utensils. As the times has gone by and the increasing complexity of human needs, pottery products have also been developing their types and functions. The village producing pottery in Pagerjurang has proven its existence for more than 600 years. The pottery products from Pagerjurang have more power to be developed and strong competitiveness with the characteristics of the dark soil (earthenware soil) and from the method of the production using a tilted rotation, and the presence of highly abundant human resources and material resources. This study is conducted based on the assumptions of what materials used to produce Pagerjurang pottery? What types of products that have been produced? And what kind of products do the consumers like? Do the communities in Pagerjurang also use their products for cooking and as cutlery? What standards indicate that this pottery product is safe for health and environmentally friendly? How to introduce pottery that is safe for health to the community and make them switch to using pottery products. In this study, a general, flexible and dynamic qualitative research method will be used. Besides, the data will be obtained from interviews conducted with resource persons, and products from the artisans. This study aims to publish safe and environmentally friendly Pagerjurang originated pottery products with various kinds of design innovations and product types. Thus, people will become interested and start using environmentally friendly pottery products.

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