For many centuries, earthenware crafts from Pulutan village in Minahasa District, North Sulawesi, have been widely known for their high quality. Pass through the peaceful sights of the green Minahasa scenery as you drive en route to Pulutan Village, where local pottery and the ceramic industry flourishes.
One of their secrets lies in the raw material, consisting of local clay and other materials imported from Java: kaolin, talc and vesper. A mixture is formed, and then fired at a high temperature.
Pottery making as a tradition in Pulutan village and its surrounds dates back to the Neolithic era; various ancient objects, including clay jars, have been found by the Manado Archaeological Centre. Today, craftspeople use machines as well as age-old techniques to improve the quality so that their products are worthy of being exported.
Pulutan village located in District Remboken, Minahasa regency, about 31 km from the city of Manado or 5 miles from Lake Tondano, North Sulawesi. Lush green land of Minahasa provides captivating sights along the way.
Interestingly, tourists visit Pulutan not only to buy finished products or to observe the process of pottery making, but also to order bespoke ware featuring motifs or shapes of their choosing.
Getting to Minahasa Highlands, Indonesia
Minahasa Highlands is generally cool all year round, which makes it a good destination to visit. However, it’ll be best if you visit during the dry season, which is between mid-March to the end of November. The closest airport to Minahasa Highlands is located at Manado.
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