My name is Penpan Wangviwat. I am the owner of Siam Celadon Pottery Co. Ltd., which was founded in 1976 as a part of other family businesses. My passion for nature and the traditional lifestyle that has surrounded me has helped me to discover the art of pottery with the charm of ancient ceramics, such as the unearthed celadon wares from the Sukothai period. In 1976, my friend and I started a small ceramic factory for crafting celadon ware. We didn't know much about the process at first, but by learning from some craftsmen from older generations, we studied and improved our techniques. Our main strength is that we try to preserve the authentic celadon glazing mixture formula, which comes from two kinds of wood ash mixed with topsoil obtained from freshly harvested rice fields. Due to Thailand's deforestation, the two kinds of wood that we used became rare. Also, the firing control technique has become too complicated to be competitive in the marketplace. Because of this, we use waste wood, such as reclaimed longan wood, among others. We have had to adjust the mixture formula and improve our design while suiting customers' tastes at the same time. "The factory is my family's business, and my daughter is my successor. I help with general operation, marketing, and meeting factory standards. We have several departments, such as soil, glazing, molding, designing, etc. Each department has a supervisor. Teamwork is the most important element in a handicraft business, and you need to be careful every step of the way. Today, we have more than 80 employees, including both craftsmen and store staff. Most of them come from the San Kamphaeng area. I think people in this area have artist blood; they're kind, humble, and fast learners. Our craftsmen pass their experience on to friends and coworkers in order to keep our original formula, and they're happy to preserve this tradition. "We are still trying to adapt our handicrafts to an industrial setting. We will try harder to create products that suit every generation and every era. We are also trying to preserve the 'green factory' concept, by not using any chemicals in our process. "Siam Celadon carries on and will preserve the character of celadon's natural wood ash glazing without alteration, holding ourselves to a universal standard. We hope that our customers will be satisfied and treasure our totally handmade pieces, featuring traditional techniques that have remained unchanged over the years. It is a great pleasure to be part of the NOVICA team, who have shown interest in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as well as our "Siam Celadon" craft. Awards: 2001 and 2003: Unesco - Ahpada 2001 Seal of Excellence for Handicraft Products in Southeast Asia 2014: World Craft Council (WCC) - Award of Excellence for Handicrafts 2014 South East Asia Programm
Story behind the art :Add a beautiful touch to your dinner service with this pair of triangular ceramic condiment servers. Penpan of Thailand presents these handcrafted servers glazed in celadon green on the inside and left the natural warm beige of the clay on the outside and rim. The glazed portion of the servers have leaf veining texture and a crackle finish.
Penpan's Siam Celadon has won multiple awards for their handicrafts in Southeast Asia, and takes pride in using traditional, all natural glaze formulas.
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.