For craft enthusiasts, Northern Thailand means wood carving, ceramics, silk, textiles, paper, jewellery, umbrellas, hilltribe embroidery, lacquerware and spa products. If pottery is your thing, you can check out Chiangmai’s celadon showroom/factories.
I did that on a recent visit. My pick: Baan Celadon.
“Baan” is the Thai word for house. Celadon refers to a type of ceramics with a grey-green glaze originating from China but is today a major export of Thailand. This place will show you how far the Thais have taken their celadon industry.
Chiangmai’s Black Clay
The story of Chiangmai’s celadon begins with the black clay from the city’s surrounding areas.
It is first processed into powder form before being kneaded into a workable consistency. It is then formed on the potter’s wheel, mold or with a jigger.
Patterns may then be carved onto the surface before the piece is air-dry.
Painting on celadon
The first firing hardens the clay, which makes it easy for the artists to paint on their designs.
The pieces are then fired again to obtain the final glossy grey-green finish.
The showroom displays a wide variety of celadon products.
I like the simpler, barely decorated ones.
Appreciating local handicrafts and shopping in Thailand can be quite a highlight for a holiday.
Access: From Chiangmai city centre, Baan Celadon is a 500 Baht ride on the local pick-up truck shared-taxi service call “Song-Thaew”. The driver waited for us and sent us back to the city after our tour.
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