Organisation of the 2nd International Khmer Ceramics Festival (IFCF)

We organized the 2nd International Khmer Ceramics Festival (IFCF).

Ancient Khmer and Southeast Asian Ceramics: New Archaeological Findings, Production and the Revival of Techniques

This conference aims to bring together Cambodian and international scholars specialized in ancient Khmer ceramics, with contemporary potters and craftsmen working in the revival of ancient production techniques. The objective is to raise awareness of the archaeological importance of ancient Cambodian ceramics and the new opportunities for sustainable economic development in the region through ceramic technology. Scholars based in Southeast Asia are especially encouraged to participate.

Conference Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Dougald O’Reilly, Chair (Founder & Director heritage watch)
  • Prof. John Miksic (N.U.S – National University of Singapore)
  • Mr. Chhay Rachna (Archaeologist with Apsara Authorities)
  • Dr. Philippe Peycam (Founder & Director Center for Khmer Studies)
  • Mr. Serge Rega (Founder & Director N.C.K.C.R – National Center for Khmer Ceramics Revival)

Conference Ancient Khmer Ceramics:

New Archaeological Findings, Production and the Revival of Techniques.

Main Themes

  • Economics of ceramics in Ancient Cambodia.
  • Craft and production in ancient Cambodia.
  • Appraising and typology of ancient Khmer ceramics.
  • Chronology of Khmer ceramics.
  • Revitalization of ceramic production in Cambodia.
  • Contemporary ceramic production and slowing the illicit trade of antiquities


Wednesday, December 10, 2008:

12:30 – Registration opens at Wat Damnak Pagoda in front of CKS library.
13:00 – Meet at Wat Damnak Pagoda in front of CKS library for kiln site visit.
13:15 – Depart by private coach for Tani kiln site. Return drop-off at Wat Damnak at about 17:30
19:00 – Optional pre-conference activities at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
20:00 – Dinner Buffet: International and Asian Food at Apsara Terrace inside Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Thursday, December 11, 2008:

8:00 – Registration opens at CKS Conference Hall, Wat Damnak, Siem Reap
8:30 – Opening of the conference by Philippe Peycam, CKS Director, Mr. Serge Rega, NCKCR, and Dr. Dawn Rooney

Part I – New Perspectives in our Understanding of Ancient Ceramics

Panel 1 – Economics and Conservation of Ancient Khmer Ceramics.

10:00 Tea Break

Panel 2 – Ancient and Contemporary Khmer Kiln Sites

12:00 Buffet Lunch

Part II – Revitalization of ceramic production in Cambodia: A way to combat the illicit trade of antiquities, and to generate economic growth.

17:30 – Discussion on prospective collaborations – Moderator: Dr. Philippe Peycam, CKS Director
17:50 – Closing by Dr. Philippe Peycam

Friday, December 12, 2008:

08:00 – Meet in front of CKS library, Wat Damnak and depart by private coach to visit the ceramics workshop and ancient kiln reconstruction at the National Center for Khmer Ceramics Revival. Includes solar ceramics demonstration by Mr. Chris Jordan.
11:00 – Visit to Wat Bo Pagoda ceramics collection – Drop off back at CKS library before
19:00 –  Optional post-conference exhibition of contemporary ceramics reception and drinks at the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa Hotel.
20:30 – Optional dinner

16:00 – “The reconstruction of Thnarl Mrech kiln” Mr. Serge Rega – Founder and director of National Center for Khmer Ceramics Revival, Ceramist Master
16:20 “Wood firing for vitrified ceramics” Janet Mansfield – Ceramic Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical magazines, Ceramist.
16:40 “A Potter’s Point of View – ‘Evidence of the Hand’” – Mr. Alan Lacovetsky
The University of Manitoba, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Manitoba Craft Council, Artist and Teacher
17:00 “Changes in Dankwean that brought about ceramic development” – Prof. Louis Katz – Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Professor of Art (Ceramics) and Suwanee Natewong, Umdang Ceramics, Ceramist
17:20 “Antiquities theft and sustainable development” Klaus Rominger – The University of Nottingham, U.K.
Presented by Dougald O’Reilly, Heritage Watch.
17:40 Questions. Moderator: Professor Louis Katz, Texas A&M University.
17:55 Discussion on prospective collaborations. Moderator: Dr. Philippe Peycam, director, CKS.
18:25 Closing by Dr. Philippe Peycam, CKS.

Saturday December 15, 2007:

08:30 -Visit to the ceramics workshop and ancient kiln reconstruction at the National Center for Khmer Ceramics Revival.
10:30 – Visit of ceramics exposition in the venerable house – Wat Bo.

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