Arriving at Baan Celadon in Chiang Mai, Thailand you are immediately surrounded by the most amazing shade of green.............here at the entrance it's visible in the outdoor display of large pots and the tile pathways.....
..........even the plants share in the gentle color, and these brown dragonflies were certainly a new species to me.
Although this is called a factory, it seemed more like a quiet and peaceful studio where artists were creating beautiful pieces of stoneware.
Artist carving the delicate design into the stoneware
Celadon is a high-fired stoneware with a wood ash glaze, handmade by a traditional process to resemble opaque jade. Jade is a natural, very strong stone, said to bring the owner good luck and success. Celadon is thick and strong but also delicately crackled under its glaze, and this creates its unique beauty and value.
The artists used extra fine brushes to add color to the designs on the pieces.
Practical items made for daily use include cups and saucers, bowls, plates and trays.
This elephant is decorated in the ancient Thai tradition. Local crafts people are self-taught, or learn their skills through informal education passed down by their families....
.....and after the final firing it will take on the beautiful shade of celadon green, with the vibrant colors of the hand painted decoration, such as in this large completed elephant statue.
Another unique and very beautiful Thai traditional craft. I could have spent much longer here.......but of course would have really needed yet another suitcase.......and yards of bubble wrap!