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Getting potted in Siem Reap

Tourists will be fascinated by various activities taking place

When all the temples start to look alike and gift and souvenir shopping palls, it’s high time considered taking an hour or two to sink your hands into some genuine Cambodian clay. Even though a pottery class at the Khmer Ceramics and Art Center is hardly an in-depth encounter with traditional Khmer craft, it will be an amazing couple of hours that will leave you with a personal bit of handicraft and perhaps some high appreciation for skills of a real potter. You can read more: jahan mekong cruise

Tourists will be fascinated by various activities taking place

Tourists will be fascinated by various activities taking place- source: internet

The Khmer Ceramic and Fine Arts Center in Siem Reap, which was founded in 2006 to revive the skill and knowledge of this technically challenging and beautiful hand crafted art form, is dedicated to the renaissance and high appreciation of the lost Cambodian pottery, ceramics, tableware and art. Not only proposing Contemporary lavabos, vases, tableware, etc inspired by traditional Cambodian culture and environment, both functional and decorative, they also export their products worldwide.

Here, all tourists will be fascinated by various activities taking place and be encouraged to try your hand at the potter’s wheel! The Khmer Ceramic Center together with their young Khmer students are passionate about bringing all of you a full revival of the ancient skills and recreating traditional, high standard Khmer ceramics for the future generations’ benefit. They hope to share this passion with you – its infectious!

Pottery Class (For adult and children from 2 years and up)

Pottery class

Pottery class- source: internet

With the course Clay Class, all learners will know how to make their own ceramic artifact modeling by hand or on the potter wheel. You will definitely feel the potter’s sensation and enjoy relaxing time at the same time. After finishing your own piece, you can add several stunning designs on it with the special tools. It is also possible to know more about traditional Kbach, Khmer traditional carving ornament.

Running a bit less than two hours, classes are given throughout the day seven days a week. You can choose to try your hand at ceramic painting or learn how to shape clay on the pottery wheel. Including the firing of your finished piece, together with free pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Siem Reap, each class costs $20. It is also possible to combine both classes for a four-hour experience.

Make your own item

Make your own item- source: internet

All students in the pottery class accompany with their own teacher, who sits across from them at the pottery wheel and shows them how to prepare the clay and shape it into a vase, cup or bowl. You will be equipped with an apron, but the wet clay spatters wide and far, it is not advisable to wear your party clothes. And short skirts are also not a comfortable choice as the foot-driven pottery wheel requires a wide-legged straddle.

Your teacher will demonstrate how to make three vessels, encourage you to reach in and help you to shape the whirling blob of clay into a complete piece. Then you will make two more, on your own more or less, although your teacher cannot resist jumping in to help when your handiwork repeatedly spun out of control.

Getting potted in Siem Reap

Getting potted in Siem Reap- source: internet

Once having completed the five pieces, you are handed a wooden skewer and a laminated sheet showing several dozen traditional Khmer motifs (flame, lotus, snail) and invited to mark designs of your choice into the still-wet clay. Like shaping clay on a wheel, this proved to be a lot more difficult than it looks.

When having done, you can have one of the five vessels fired and delivered to your hotel or given back to you at the end of the next day. You can have additional pieces fired for $5 each if you are pleased with what you have made. After taking part in the fun pottery class, you will get what you have done by yourself as a unique and beautiful souvenir.

Shop inside the center

Shop inside the center- source: internet

In this center, there is a shop with many handsome pots, platters and dishes that you will admire all the more after you have fumbled your way through making your own.

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