Meet the Makers: Sajiva Ceramics
living | 2017-06-15 16:14:59
Founded in 2016, Karawaci-based ceramics company, Sajiva, takes its name based on the Sanskrit meaning of being “full of life” or “soul mate”. Founders, Sandra and Vera, believed that the name completely relates to the business and the foundation of where the ceramic company is rooted. While Sandra majored in Accounting and Vera in law, both had a similar passion in common that is in their love for handmade ceramics and tableware. Their belief was simple that food would simply taste better when plated beautifully. From then on, Sandra and Vera pursued and built on their pottery skills and took pottery courses all the way to Bali and Singapore. Additionally, both Sandra and Vera have always had an interest and love for coffee, and that was how Sajiva Coffee and Ceramics was created in March 2016, where customers are able to enjoy their coffee and their array of ceramics. Take a closer look of the stories of Sajiva Ceramics’ story and process below!
Tell us about your design and manufacturing process.
1. Clay – In this process, the type of clay that is used is the stoneware in order to get the best results for molding the variety of shapes of the pottery.
2. Wedging – the purpose of wedging is to homogenize clay and remove air pockets.
3. Will Trone/Slab/Pinching – this process builds up the shape bases of the pottery, where Will Trone builds the pottery where it has a circular base, Slab shapes the bases that doesn’t involve any circular base, and Pinching involves the shaping of an oval shaped bases which have innards.
4. Drying – After the ceramics have been shaped, they will take 4-5 days to dry off.
5. Bisque – Ceramics will be placed inside the oven for up to 900 degrees Celsius.
6. Painting – Once the ceramics have been taken out of the oven, they will be painted with glaze. For tableware products, they will be painted with full save glaze, so as to ensure the colors to not be overly mixed.
7. Bake – Painted ceramics will be placed again inside the oven for 1280 degrees Celsius this time before the final touches.
8. Final Touches – this last procedure is where we check on the shape and the measurements of the final products.
What are Sajiva’s best sellers?
Our best sellers include products that are majorly used for coffee consumption, where these products include coffee mugs, cappuccino cups and our ceramic plates.
What is it like being a local maker in Indonesia and your contribution to the country?
We would like to develop and contribute more to the art and crafts industry of the country and to introduce more of pottery to the society. One of the things we would like to introduce the topic whereby Indonesian local products design and quality are comparable to imported products. Also, we would like to change the perspectives of the society’s views regarding handmade products, where handmade products can be made skillfully and artistically.
What’s next for Sajiva?
We would like to develop new products such as spa collections and new tableware sets. Further, we would love to also open a new gallery in Jakarta as to introduce more of our products, and (of course) at a strategic location. Routine workshops are also at our to-do list, where workshops will last for 2 hours, so as to teach the society some basic pottery techniques. Lastly, to recycle our old products and to create a greater design that would function as a home décor.
Get to know more of Sajiva:
Sajiva Coffee and Ceramics
The Excelis Blok E No. 21, Lippo Karawaci