Ban Channeua is approximately 5 km, down river south of Luang Prabang. This riverside village has been manufacturing pottery for more than 400 years. In ancient times, pottery pots were used for purposes such as fermenting fish along with storing water and rice alcohol. Today, a large variety of beautifully handcrafted terra cotta pots, planters, lanterns, tiles and more are made using the same techniques passed down through centuries.
Unfortunately, this craftsmanship and way of life is slowly fading and only a handful of families in Ban Chan still practice these ancient pottery-making techniques. The raw material is taken from the surrounding area, mixed, processed and shaped by the local craftsmen before being brought to the villages’ community kiln for firing. This can be a 3 to 4 day process with someone having to mind the kiln 24/7.
A new Pottery House was recently opened by a young local family. Their hope is to help preserve the history and traditional way of life in their village. Additionally, they offer pottery experiences for anyone who wants to get hands-on with the clay. Together with their skilled pottery makers to guide you, you can create your own pottery masterpiece.
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