Muang Kung Pottery (Earthenware) Village @ Chiang Mai, Thailand
This village was once a plain connecting Chiang Mai and ancient villages in the south of Thailand. It is said that this village was founded in the 18th Century.
Originally, people in the village made ceramics for cooking and using in ceremonies such as jars, jugs and pots. Some people made them to give to temples, some made for selling to nearby villages, some made for placing at their house entrance to facilitate passer-by. During Songkran festival, it is usually a good time to change their pots or jars.
People also put water into these pots/jars in serve their guests and to offer monks. This tradition has led to a serious production of pottery in this very village. The jar is called Nam Ton. This local business has widely spread and become more famous. Thus the process of making jars these days includes some advanced technology and machine yet still maintains its uniqueness and ancient traditions of Muang Kung Pottery.
Besides, Celadon has been produced in Thailand since of 700 years ago and until the present. Chiang Mai Celadon is remarked as a geographical indication. Its stoneware body is a made of qualified local deposit black clay only found in Chiang Mai. After wheel throwing, carving decoration and covering with a wood ash glaze. Finally, fired to 1280C in a reduction atmosphere.
The local factory produce celadon wares such as tableware, decorative item, gifts and souvenirs…etc. Their showrooms and factory are opened for visitors during office hours.