I was out riding my bicycle the other day in Chiang Mai and stumbled across a wonderful
The owner, a charming Thai lady, took me upstairs to her showroom where she proceeded to show me the different ceramic artifacts she had made. For a pottery lover like myself it was wonderful to see the unique and different designs of many ceramic products, most of them featuring beautiful butterflies. This home studio also displays original paintings from various local artists in Northern Thailand which make fabulous souvenirs to take back home, or indeed for ex pats to purchase for their own homes here in Chiang Mai or other areas of Thailand.
The studio itself is bright and airy and absolutely packed from top to bottom with mugs, plates, bowls, bathroom ware, fridge magnets, spoons and much more. I could only stand back and admire the beautiful products on show and wondered how long it must have taken this lovely lady to make such fabulous items. She had told me that at one time there used to be a clay workshop downstairs where tourists and locals alike could visit and participate in recreation and artistic activities. Unfortunately, however, she told me that numbers had dropped over a period of time so the clay workshop was no longer available – such a shame.
She also displays "Clay Gallery" goods at Chiang Mai airport and indeed I decided a few days later to check this out for myself and sure enough beautiful mugs, bowls, plates etc., were in a cabinet on the first floor. These home made artifacts are very reasonably priced, for instance one of my favourites that I purchased quite a number of, were butterfly mugs priced around 150 baht each (3 pounds), which I sent to family and friends back home.
The main gallery itself is upstairs over the owner’s house and set in fabulous grounds which has many trees and flowers. There is a magnificent teak Thai house and a smaller one within the complex and both are available for long term rent, however, at the time of writing both were occupied. The complex itself is quiet and relaxing, has enough space to park cars as well as motorcycles if any Farang or Thai wishes to make a visit.
In my opinion the Clay Gallery is a hidden little gem where any lover of pottery and local art can spend a few hours admiring the intricate work and craftsmanship, so go along and see it for yourself.
80/10 soi chomdoi, cholapratan Rd.
telphone 053 216 034
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