When I painted my own Ceramic
When I visited Baan Pinsuwan Benjarong, a home-industry producing exquisite hand-painted ceramics, I didn’t know it would be so much fun.
First we visited the factory about which I’ll write later in a separate post.
In the factory, we saw and learnt the basics of ceramic painting. Skillful artists were transferring traditional designs onto the ceramic pieces. In the beginning, it looked very easy but when I was told that the artists practice for months and years to be able to paint these ceramics, I was more observant.
Benjarong ware is a kind of painted porcelain in Thailand. The name Benjarong has come from Bali and Sanskrit words Benja and Rong, literally meaning “Five Colors”.
The artists use five main colors (Blue, red, yellow, black and white) and then mix them to get more colors. Generally it takes about five days to design and color a piece.
Colors and the sample piece on my table.
Of course we didn’t have that much time to do complete ceramic painting. We were given pieces with outlines done & we had just 15 minutes to finish our products.
As the color is heavy, it settles down to the bottom of the bowl. You need to mix it well before dipping the brush.
Halfway through. Comparing the pieces. Until the piece is baked in charcoal ovens, the colors look very dull.
The factory people were kind enough to burn the pieces in the kiln & send them over to our hotel the next day. How did they know which piece belonged to me? Well, I had painted my name at the back! 😀
And my finished product with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Have you painted a ceramic?
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