The Region

Sasak Pottery comes from Lombok, an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. The Lombok Strait separates it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait separates it from Sumbawa in the east. It consists of a total area of about 4,725 km². The island quite similar in size and density to neighboring Bali and it does share some cultural heritage. It is home to over 3 million Indonesians.

The island of Lombok is dominated by the centrally-located volcano Mount Rinjani, which is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, rising to 3,726 metres.

The highlands of Lombok are mostly undeveloped and covered in forest. However the lowlands are highly cultivated with rice, soybeans, coffee, tobacco, cotton, bananas and vanilla as examples of the major crops grown due to the fertile soils of the island.