In 1985 an extraordinary green-glazed, Khmer handmade elephant jar with very fine ritual details was discovered in a grave site near Khao Din Tok, (ex-Khmer Empire) what is now northeastern Thailand. It is now in the collection of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, ‘’Rangsit’’, Bangkok. The Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum was established with the aim to be a learning center of ancient works of art and serve as a research center and a place for displaying highly valuable collections of cultural evidence of which Southeast Asian people are proud. The jar, dated between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, is unprecedented in the Khmer ceramic repertoire. Its exceptionally large size and elaborate decoration are rare characteristics and is a fine example of the genius of the Khmer potters’ creativity and skillful workmanship. Plus its pristine condition given that the jar was buried in the ground for at least 800 years. This reproduction of this jar was made for the 2008 international conference, regarding Khmer Ceramics Arts, to support the presentation of Dr. Dawn Rooney, in memoriam of the curator of the ‘’Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum’’. The reproduction is at original size. The lively and whimsical decoration of this jar is characteristic of Khmers wares produced during this period. Completely handmade, making from each a unique and non reproducible piece. The base of the elephant is a jar hand thrown on a potter wheel; head, pawns, tails and decoration are appliqué during the drying. The jar is hand carved during long days. Realization by hand, with ancestral technique of such a piece proves a complete mastery of the ceramics process. The green glaze is a wood ash glaze, fruit of the ‘’Khmer Ceramics Centre’’ researches regarding ancient Khmer glazes; fired at 1300°C-2400°F .
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- This box shaped as a lotus flower is a traditional design. The lotus plant has a very special meaning in Buddhism and especially the lotus flower is one of the 8 sacred objects. It symbolizes purity: while growing in mud, its blooms and leaves never become dirty. In Buddhism this all symbolizes the development of the soul from the material plain through the waters of experience to the full light of the enlightenment. Hand made on the potter wheel, and delicately chiseled by hand, each box is unique piece taking very long time to make it; however due to its shape and the contact length between the lid and the body, we have a high average of lost during the firing. The glaze is the Celadon glaze, fruit of our researches regarding ancient Cambodian glazes, fired at 1300°C.
Hand carved Traditional Khmer tea pot. The vase is handmade by skilled artis