On weekends, we like to take our kids out and unless we are really desperate, we tend to stay away from malls. It’s not easy, and we usually end up at the Playground in Kemang which is quite a long ride away. This is why I was so happy to learn about F. Widayanto’s workshop through the Indonesian Heritage Society. Members of the HIS were raving about the main workshop Depok but the artist also has a gallery shop in Kuningan.
There, pottery classes can be organized anytime (Monday-Sunday during office hours) for adults or children, for Rp145,000/person. The class takes 90min and can be booked for any number of participants (although max would probably be 20).
Most of the kids in our group couldn’t focus for that long but the green courtyard and the fishpond kept them busy the rest of the time. The teacher leading the class spoke little English but the instructions were simple enough : the kids were each given a piece of clay and some molds to work with (plenty to choose from: animals, superhero…).
At the end class, the teacher took the clay the kids had molded and gave us a receipt that we can use to pick up our work in a month, supposedly baked and painted. It’s a shame the kids don’t get to paint and bring their work home but it was still a fun morning for both kids and parents.
The house itself, which serves as F. Widayanto’s gallery is worth visiting and private events can be organized for a minimum 15 participants (different meal packages starting at Rp150,000/person).
We actually had our son’s birthday here (a small gathering with a few of his classmates) and I highly recommend it. We booked a clay workshop so the kids played a bit, brought our own cake and drinks, and organized a little Easter egg hunt in the courtyard. It was something different for the kids, and involved no work for us parent (the staff prepared tea for the adults, gave us a space indoor to eat and drink and cleaned up afterwards at no additional cost).
Taman Setiabudi 2 Street #11, Setiabudi, Kuningan, Jakarta 12910