Where to Go, What to Do
This video shows where Angkor Pottery Center is located and introduces you to manager and ceramic artist Paruth Hann. Meet some visitors and see some of the work made by workshop students!
Learning a New Trade
Off to the workshop where Paurth shows students how to use the traditional Khmer potter's wheel which is operated by "kicking" a bar on the side of the wheel. Paruth gently guides the students through the process of centering, coning, and shaping the clay. It takes years of practice to become proficient, but a few minutes at Angkor Pottery Center's workshop will create a new appreciation for the craft. The more mistakes we make, the more we learn.
Clays and Glazes
Paruth talks about some of the clays and glazes at Angkor Pottery Center. There is no "store"to purchase materials; for example, the yellow clay comes from the area surrounding Banteay Srei Temple. Two clay bodies are created at the Center and the various glazes are custom mixed as well. Materials are gathered and assembled from local resources.
Kiln and Pit
This video shows some of the kilns at Angkor Pottery Center as well as talks about some of the firing processes. The brick kilns are wood fired while there are also smaller (propane fueled) kilns as well. Firing a large wood kiln is an intensive process, requiring the operator to stay awake all night to tend the kiln!
In the Shop
The gallery has an ever-changing variety of items available for purchase, including tiles, cups, teapots, vases, and sculptures. Even here, Paruth takes time to share with her visitors "secrets of the trade". Purchases are carefully packed for shipment and make wonderful souveniers and gifts.