International Khmer Ceramics Festival

Here’s another event happening in December that may be of interest to you: International Khmer Ceramics Festival. This event is sponsored by the National Center for Khmer Ceramics Revival in Siem Reap.

The event will be held from December 11 to December 29 and is a combination of academic scholarship and applied craft. The first few days of the festival are devoted to academic study with the presentation of papers and seminars. The rest of the festival is dedicated to practical practice with demonstrations and firings from Khmer potters and potters from around the world. The public is invited to participate.

The organizers are still getting all the potters lined up so the full schedule of events will be made known in November.

If you are into ceramics or would like to try your hand at it and give your inspiration and creativity flight when you are in Siem Reap, then you will want to check out the on-going activities of the Center. The have a variety of workshops that are open to experienced and novice potters alike. For example they have:

A three hours workshops; you make your artifact; glaze and fire it. After the workshop, you take your artifact, fired and glazed back with you. After this workshop, you can make your own pots at home. 25$ per person, including teacher, firing and all raw material, if you want to send your works, parcel fee are paid by you.

In addition, they have a more in-depth two half-days workshop, they can arrange tours with a focus on the Khmer ceramics heritage and their facilities can be rented by potters who want to do some work for a longer period of time.

This also sounds like a great thing to do with kids when they are templed out. And according to Serge Rega, the Center’s director, they have great experiences with kids. I emailed him to ask him specifically about that and he replied:

“We had many very positive experiences with children, and it began at 3 years! You can’t imagine how young children are creative [Oh yes I can!]. Last year International school and French school from Siem Reap came to make workshops with children. A fantastic experience! P.S. children under 12 years old are FOC [free of charge] for workshops.”

So let those creative juices flow. If you are looking for something different, something creative, something inspiring, you may want to project all those creative juices that get flowing after visiting the exquisite temples to the potters wheel at the The National Center for Khmer Ceramics Revival.

(If you are planning a trip to Angkor Wat please check out Savuth’s tuk tuk transportation services at Angkortuktuk.net)

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~ by Leonard on September 13, 2008.

One Response to “International Khmer Ceramics Festival”

  1. Oh, that look fun!

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