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Although bamboo and pandanus containers largely take the place of pottery, the Balinese do produce artful and pragmatic terra-cotta articles and various clay vessels, embellished with patterns by artisans using the same tools and methods as woodcarvers.

Found in almost any village market on Bali, the pottery is brittle and great care must be taken in transporting it. Kapal, 10 km to the west of Denpasar, is another pottery center where the island's distinctive red pottery is produced-vases, flasks, lamp bases, ashtrays, clay figurines, standing yard sculpture and statuary, lamp bases, concrete shrines.

Be sure to see the ceramic lanterns and traditional slated clay coin banks in the shape of pigs, horses, dogs, etc.

Other pottery (gerabah) sellers can be found in Ubung, northwest of Denpasar. In Dalung village, 3.5 km past Kerobokan beyond Seminyak (at T-junction, turn left), is a ceramics center which produces delightful ashtrays, tissue and toothpick holders, and condiment sets in dark green, blue, sandy (abu). Orders take about one month.

Pejaten near Tabanan is a village devoted almost exclusively to producing pottery and terra cotta. Visitors are welcome in the many co-op workshops, which turn out glazed ornamental roof tiles, soap dishes, stand-alone figurines, and wonderful clay animals with dull matte finish, celadon, or glossy glazes.

A shop in Candidasa (Tanteri's, on main road) and in Ubud (opposite Ubud Bookstore) sells Pejaten work.

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