Oka Mahendra opened a showroom in memory of his mother... She was a woman full of energy and highly self-confident.
Putu Oka Mahendra was born in the Tabanan regency of Bali on June 12, 1966. His mother, Made Tantri, pioneered ceramic artistry in 1980. She was a woman full of energy and highly self-confident. When she first started she undertook the entire crafting procedure by herself - from creating the design until finishing the product. She gradually developed a reputation for fine design and high quality and people started placing so many orders that she saw the need to hire assistants. In 1990, when Tantri passed away, Oka Mahendra took-over her work, and eventually opened a showroom in her memory.
To create his designs, Oka Mahendra finds inspiration in the luscious flora and fauna of Bali. In 1993, he was the third place winner for his ceramic designs in the Lomba Ceramic Design contest. Oka Mahendra has exhibited his handcrafted items at the Asian Trade Fair (ATF) at Jakarta in 1993 and participated in exhibits in Jakarta (1995 and 2000), Bali (1997-1998) and recently at the Korean and Hong Kong Embassies in Jakarta (2001).
43 Testimonials for Putu Oka Mahendra
I got 3 pieces of pottery to go together but given separately; cooking/condiment jars, anniversary/sugar & creamer and Christmas/tea set...
These ceramic pieces are charming and playful. The colors go with every décor, I especially love the tea sets with cups, saucers, pots and condiment trays. These make lovely wedding or shower gifts. I liked them so much I have my own set as well. I also love the banana leaf vases and serving dishes. Well made, well glazed, beautiful pieces!
DEAR MR . MAHENDRA, TODAY I RECIEVED MY PURCHASE ""JADE MINALISM"" I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE THE VINEGAR AND OIL CRUETS. I FIND THAT THEY ARE VERY ELEGANT IN A VERY SIMPLE WAY. I WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS. M. WILK
I ordered Ceramic teapot, 'Turtle Mom' and it is absolutely perfect. Great design and construction. Would/will purchase from seller again!
Dear Mr Mahendra Thank you so much for my turtle teapot - I have had it a couple of years now and it brings me great joy every time I use it. The colour is a very soothing green and reminds me of a beautiful Balinese paradise. As I love animals, your products are always top of my wishlist. It is wonderful to find such unique and practical objects that have been hand made with such love and care. I love that they are also made without using toxic chemicals - this is almost impossible to find in my own country sadly. Please, please make more of your wonderful gecko and turtle pots!
I ordered a teapot in the shape of an elephant and was really impressed by who pretty this item is.
Beautifully crafted ceramic boxes perfect for touching remembrances. Thank you.
I have the Fangipani Leaves Bowls, I have then in my Living Room, where the peace and clamness is it is a nice place for them.
Dear Mr. Mahendra, I just received your Ceramic teapot Elephant Cream Tea. I am so pleased with my purchase. Your elephant is so charming and the expression on his face is delightful. He is a special addition to my kitchen and I love the glossy finish. I am so happy you are working with NOVICA so that your special talent can be show cased. The packaging as with all my NOVICA purchases was outstanding. Sincerely, Rochelle K. Little Egg Harbor, N.J. April 12, 2012
I purchased 2 different sets from this talented artisan, the green ceramic vases and the green onion candleholders, both arrived so quickly and both are magnificent! Very professionally crafted and sturdy. Beautiful shine to the glaze. They are perfect for our home! Makes me so happy! Thank you Putu Oka Mahendra!
I absolutely adore my little green gecko vases! I have special seasoning blends that I enjoy using with my cooking. I store these seasonings in these little vases near my stove. Practical with a bit of whimsy. Perfect.
I purchased Ceramic soup cups, 'Siamese Dragonfly' for my mother. My mother instantly loved it when I showed her. All of us at home were totally impressed with the workmanship. Thank you for such a great piece of work!
Your artistic creations are both beautiful and practical. I started with the little gecko jars to keep vitamin supplements in. The handles are so cute, There are q-tips in the sugar jar on my night table. Then I added some little turtle jars. Finally the turtle mom tea pot, the banana vases, and some cups. The island designs complement the Hawaiian art in my home from my travels. Each of your ceramics is beautiful as well as functional. I also appreciate the use of non-toxic materials. Take care and know your art is appreciate here in Virginia, USA. Aloha!
Hi, I received the tea pot, it was very beautiful! My mother n law loved this gift! Thanks
I just received a pair of ceramic ""Mandrill"" candleholders. They are more detailed and of better quality than I expected from the photo. Putu Oka Mahendra does wonderful work. My order was well packed and ready for gift giving. I look forward to ordering again.
I recently purchased the budha and the jade elephant teapot, the turtle mom teapot, the leaping frogs jars, the mandril pair candle holders, and the duck family teapot and cups. I am very pleased with all the pieces. The duck family teaset is especially beautiful. I have many more of your pieces on my wish list and look forward to future purchases. Your work is fantastic and I am pleased to have your pieces in my collection. Thank you. Dianne Colorado, USA
We purchased a sugar and creamer from this artist that we love! We plan to buy more pieces in the future!
I just received the ""onion"" candle holders. The quality is unreal and the light blue/green color is gorgeous. The light shadows that are cast from these candle holders is just amazing!!!! Again, I cannot get over the uniqueness and quality of these beautiful pieces. Thank you! Danelle
I bought the ""Ceramic soup cups, 'Siamese Dragonfly'"" from Putu Oka Mahendra for my kitchen to replace the bland generic store bought canisters I was using to hold sugar and tea on my counter. I am SO delighted by the soup cups. They are one of the most beautiful things in my house and obviously carefully and lovingly crafted. If you're looking for beautiful ceramics with clean lines and a pleasing color that will make you smile every time you look at them - buy the soup cups.
I received the Frangipani teapot and cups a few days ago and have been using them daily. I couldn't be more pleased! The set is beautiful, functional, and well-made. I cannot bear to put it away in the cupboard, so I keep it out, in view, all the time. Thank you to Novica, to Putu Oka Mahendra, and to the wonderful artists working with him.
The ceramic oil bottles with Frangipanis are attractive and brighten up any room. I love them!
I purchased the condiment jars, ""Look at me"", the condiment set, ""Coriander Frogs"" and the pair of vases, ""Frangipani Frogs"". What beautiful craftsmanship! I truly treasure these pieces. The way they were wrapped and packaged for shipment was awesome. I certainly plan to purchase many more of Putu Oka Mahendra's line.
I just received the ""lingering turtle"" teapot, nicely done! Keep up your good work and I'll be back for more...............
After New Years I decided to treat myself to a little gift and was I excited when I received the ""Duck Family"" tea set. The photographs do it no justice. The work is amazing and I was tempted to put it on a shelf and not use it as it was so nice. However, on a few occasions when really special guests come over and I want to impress them, I serve tea in it. The comments have always been very positive and everybody wants to know where I purchased it and how they could buy one. I am extremely pleased and thank the artist for giving me a little extra joy when I have my afternoon tea. Great job! It isn't just for looks but makes a wonderful tea pot and set.
New York City, NY USA
Dear Mr Mahendra, I love my new baby elephant tea pot. It is sweet and just the touch I wanted. Thank you for the beautiful piece. Karen Eaton PS The package was a delight to receive!
Kansas City, KS, USA
I love the bowls I purchased - the depth of color is amazing. They're so pretty I find I use them for everything. Really beautiful - thank you!
I just received your ""Rain Frog"" tray - so simply and beautifully made. It is a welcome addition to my modest kitchen! Most Sincerely,
Milford, CT, U.S.A.
Our package arrived today. I wanted to let you know the items are even nicer than the photo, and the photos were good. We are very pleased. The packaging was excellent (I work in e-tail and I wondered how well they would survive the long trip!) We are considering ordering more from this collection for our new kitchen!
My wife and I just recently visited Bali and she fell in love with the condiment bowls on our dinner table. We asked about purchasing a similar item and were directed to your artwork. We received the item today and couldn't be more thrilled! It is more than a useful serving bowl or a conversion piece, It is truly a work of art! We are very pleased with the workmanship and it will serve as a beautiful reminder of our trip to Bali. Thank You, The Phillips
Lake Charles, LA, USA
Love the Jepun Garden (tea set for 2). Fancy smancy wrapped! too bad there's no artist's signature so I have to do it my self on the bottom of the saucers. Beli Oka it'd be better if u put ur signature down there with the title so the whole world will know ur art. I hope next year i have a chance to visit ur gallery and meet u in person beli. Sampai jumpa di pulau dewata.
Lake Charles, LA
I got my Jepun Garden today! I'm so excited! I'm impress with the wrap so attractive and the set meet with my expectation. Love the product and I hope next year I have a chance to meet with the artist him self in Bali! Sampai jumpa beli Oka semoga Bali and Java di kunjungi para turis lagi just like an old time!
The Frog Fancy II sugar bowl and creamer set arrived today. They were carefully and beautifully wrapped. Thank you for crafting such lovely pieces; I love them!
Your cone rice bowls are wonderful.I especially like the built in chopstick holders. They are my son's favorite dishes. Thank you!
Washington State, USA
The Lingering Turtle tea pot just arrived (earlier than expected ! ) and was beautifully giftwrapped and packaged. I'm amazed at the care of the packing and, well, it is just a handsome package. But the tea pot !!!! I have other pieces by Oka Mahendra, but this is my favorite so far. Fine materials, fine craftmanship, fine detail. His mother should be pleased. Oka Mahendra, thank you for helping me give a very special gift to a very special friend
Fresno, CA USA
My candleholders are wonderful. Great design and high quality. Thanks!!!
Bradenton, FL, USA
What an amazingly fun piece - the frog hugs the rim of the platter as though in hiding. The workmanship, craftsmanship, artistry are unparalleled. I love this platter and cannot wait to use it. The presentation of the platter was also a wonderful surprise - the artists of Novica package them so that upon arrival you feel as though you've been sent a lovely gift rather than just the ""item I purchased"" - I plan to use Novica for as much as possible in the future!
Thank you, Mr. Mahendra, for sharing your talents with the rest of us! The ""Dragonfly Fancy"" sugar and creamer set I purchased is beautiful and unique. And, wow (!) great personal touches to the shipping package! Thanks for the postcard, too! Speedy delivery - Zoom, Zoom! My BEST shopping experience this season. Peace & Happiness,