He now lives in Apuan Singapadu Gianyar and has practised mask making since grade three of elementary school, under tutorship of Ketut Mastra, a local mask maker. The first mask he made was a monkey mask and, over time, human mask and others of mythological characters for dance performance. He spent the money he collected from this artistic undertaking on his education. After graduation from a High School of Art, Tebe enrolled for the State Teaching Institute in Yogyakarta, Central Java. During his study in the Institute, he laid aside mask making to concentrate more on his study.
He now works as a teacher for Sukawati 1 State Handcraft High School in Batubulan, Gianyar, and still practices mask making after his tutorial works. The masks he makes are mostly for dances related to religious ceremony such as "topeng Sidakarya", "topeng dedalem", "topeng jauk", "topeng barong", "topeng rangda", "topeng celuluk" and others.
The wood for his masks is locally termed as kayu pule, a light kind of wood much credited by Hindu for its magical merit. He buys the wood in the markets around Singapadu and sometimes imports from Tabanan. Chisel and an indigenous implement called pangot are his working tools.
Added on: Jul 21, 2002 | Hits: 1089