Unearthing Treasures: A Journey To Indonesia for “The Vessels” Collection

Unearthing Treasures: A Journey To Indonesia for “The Vessels” Collection

Indonesia is a land of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and a rich heritage that has been celebrated for centuries. But personally, one of the most captivating aspects of Indonesian culture is its exquisite craftsmanship, particularly in the realm of pottery and ceramics. I was so excited to have been able to travel to this beautiful country to experience this for myself. 
For those who appreciate the beauty of handcrafted objects like us, the terracotta jars from Indonesia are absolute treasures, and I’m so excited to share this story with you! Read more about our journey to Bali, Indonesia and how we got to intimately know these exquisite pieces of art for our newest collection. 


When In Indonesia…

We explored Indonesia not just to find pieces that represent exquisite pottery, but to learn more about the country’s culture and traditions. The process of making “The Vessels” collection started here. 

This collection has a tangible connection to the rich tapestry of Indonesian history, and they carry with them the stories of generations of skilled artisans who have poured their heart and soul into perfecting their craft. 

Our goal was for this collection to pay homage to the age-old artistry of Indonesian potters while simultaneously honoring their sacred traditions.


Connecting with Local Artisans 

Sourcing terracotta jars in Indonesia is not merely a transaction; it's a partnership between Twenty Third by Deanne and the talented artisans who create these masterpieces. The techniques employed to craft these works of art have been discreetly passed down through generations. They are not mere containers but living embodiments of the heritage and culture of Indonesia. Each jar is a testament to the skill, dedication, and artistry of Indonesian potters.

The artisans only use and source high quality terracotta for these products. The terracotta sculptures are then brought to life using two main machines: a rotary tool and a mold. According to the crafters, the techniques vary depending on the size of the product and because they are all handcrafted, no two vessels are exactly the same.

The process of making these vessels is very meticulous. The artisans start from taking our designs, subjecting them to trial and error until they get the perfect process to make the terracotta shaped down to the illustrations we provided. Then, the jars have to be smoothened, and tidied up. Drying the jars take up to 4-6 days, and the firing, or the process of burning terracotta so they become sturdy may take up to 8-12 hours. Finally, the jars are coloured and coated according to the designs.

We understand the importance of maintaining the traditional methods of craftsmanship while also infusing a contemporary touch. This collaboration ensures that the pieces offered by the brand not only uphold Indonesian traditions but also fit seamlessly into modern homes.


Vintage Essence Meet s Contemporary Form

As interior designers and design enthusiasts, we value quality made pieces that don’t sacrifice their aesthetic quality. Each piece from this collection boasts a distinctive look and rustic, traditional glaze that makes it a versatile addition to both modern and traditional interiors. These jars have the power to transform any room into a warm and inviting space, and their sculptural shapes, inspired by the shapes of Indonesian temples, add a touch of elegance as standalone decorative pieces.

Now, imagine the warmth of earthy tones, the texture of organic terracotta, and the captivating allure of Indonesian craftsmanship gracing your living space. 

The Vessels In your Home

This collection is a labor of love that seeks to bridge the gap between art and home decor, allowing you to experience the magic of Indonesian craftsmanship in your everyday life.

As you bring them into your home, you're not just acquiring decorative items; you're connecting with a tradition that spans generations and experiencing the warmth, artistry, and authenticity that only Indonesian craftsmanship can offer. 

We are so excited for you to embrace this unique blend of art and culture. Let "The Vessels" transform your living space into a haven of beauty and tradition, and allow it to add beauty and style in your lives as it has done mine.