Bali’s clans of gold and silversmiths have been creating intricate objects for temple heirlooms, rituals and fine jewellery for centuries. Their designs continuously evolve, as do the handed-down crafting techniques. The island’s gold and silver communities are mostly located in the villages of the Gianyar regency, particularly Celuk, Mas and Ubud. Some have showrooms alongside workshops that welcome you to observe the creation process, and some go further by handing you the silver beads, tweezers and wireworks to learn from the local artists in creating your own piece to take home. Here are some of Bali’s top jewellery crafting centres where you can go on a brief workshop and showroom tour and even pick up the art of silver making, from granulation to soldering, and down to the final polish.
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This large jewellery production centre and showroom in the village of Celuk is owned by a Balinese family of silversmiths who in old times produced ceremonial and household items. Behind the showroom lies a workshop that is full of workers in one corner who patiently solder hundreds of tiny silver granules onto a metal base – a process that requires a high level of patience, caution and attention to detail. This technique is used extensively in the design of Prapen’s jewellery pieces. You can view the elaborate processes of creating jewellery in this open workshop, and you can also reserve a seat to learn how to make your own pieces of decorative silver orbs. Prapen Jewellery provides private classes to those willing to learn a few rare techniques or in a subject that most interests you, such as Prapen’s heritage art and technique of granulation.
- Location: Jalan Jagaraga 66, Celuk, Gianyar
One of the first to open special classes for those who wish to learn the art of silver jewellery making in Ubud, Chez Monique on Jalan Dewi Sita lets you master the craft in only a couple of hours. Founded by Balinese silver craftsman Wayan Sunarta, who also oversees the classes and lends a bit of silversmith mentoring to participants, Chez Monique provides a different way to experience your Bali holiday. Classes usually take four hours, during which you can create your own unique jewellery piece. You may opt to follow one design from their simple yet stylish design collection, and Wayan’s three staff will help you to accomplish your first mission. You can make a gorgeous ring, exotic bracelet, stunning necklace or earring. Moreover, any crazy design ideas that you might have are met with open arms. Chez Monique’s showroom is located on Jalan Dewi Sita, while the classes are taught on Wayan’s own family compound on Jalan Sriwedari Taman.
- Location: Jalan Jalan Sriwedari Taman 57, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)813 384 546 77
Founded by Balinese silver craftsman and businessman Ketut Darmawan, Studio Perak produces beautiful, organically inspired silver jewellery studded with silver and semiprecious stones. Having created and exported his unique jewellery pieces, Ketut decided to share the craft by opening classes in central Ubud. As one of the well-known silversmithing classes in Bali, Studio Perak holds its friendly sessions in an air-conditioned studio on Jalan Hanoman. There’s a half-day experiential course available where instructors show you the basic skills of silversmithing and you can create a silver ring or pendant of your own design in only three hours. The classes take place daily from 09:00 to noon, while the afternoon schedule is from 14:00 to 17:00. Kids eight years and above are welcome to participate.
- Location: Jalan Hanoman, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 974 244
Wahana Silver’s art studio provides a wide range of Balinese art workshops, from mask carving, batik painting, traditional painting, reading of ancient Balinese manuscripts called lontar, traditional Balinese dance, bamboo weaving, and silver jewellery making. You can have a go at the jeweller’s tools in one of their silver-making classes. With five grams of silver provided per participant, you can customize your own individual piece of jewellery or create an original piece. Also included in the fun experience are pickup transfers and morning tea. The studio is compact and their small classes make for a private experience – great for the whole family or friends who can share in the fun and passion.
- Location: Jalan Raya Silungan, Lodtunduh, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 924 583 3
One of the most famous Bali-based jewellery brands is John Hardy. John Hardy’s magnificent all-bamboo Kapal Bambu showroom is a must-see for jewellery and art lovers, and appointments can be made for small tours through its finely laid out compound, and their tours also include the opportunity to join the silver craftsmen and craftswomen for lunch! It's certainly well worth a visit, if not only for the silver factory, the bamboo architecture is amazing and they are passionate about their green and environmental philosophy. The John Hardy compound in Mambal, a half-hour drive from Ubud’s main hub, comprises the workshop where the jewellery is handcrafted, a farm where organic produce is harvested, and the great bamboo structures that consist of the design centre, the Three Mountain Workshop and the Kapal Bamboo showroom.
- Location: Jalan Desa Baturning, Mambal
- Tel: +62 (0) 361 469 888