If you ever plan to visit Angkor Wat or Siem Reap, then definitely include Khmer Ceramic Centre in your to-do list. It not only provides a deep insight into the rich Khmer ceramic arts and culture that once flourished in the region from the early 9th century to the 15th century, but also allows you to take some fun souvenirs back home. Founded in 2006 as the National Centre for Khmer Ceramic Revival (NCKCR), the Khmer Ceramic Centre is a non-profit, non-government organization that strives for the resurgence of the Khmer pottery tradition by breathing in new life to this ancestral art.
Through this endeavour, the centre aims to mitigate poverty with free training for young deprived Cambodians to master this art, thus opening up an avenue for them to derive solid income. Aside from this, it buys the material needed for the packing of items from the local community in Siem Reap in order to support them. Since it is made up of ingredients such as palm leaves and sugar, this packing is eco-friendly and an excellent substitute for plastic bags.
Khmer Ceramic Centre
From the moment you step into the Khmer Ceramic Centre the first thing that you’ll come across is its boutique with its selection of top quality hand-made ceramic items reflecting Khmer art and culture, such as jars, cosmetic bottles, serving bowls, decorative bowls, tableware, oil burners and Khmer accessories. Products are developed using a blend of proven ancient Khmer ceramic production skills and latest techniques based on the research and studies on Khmer antiques. Developed in compliance with European Union regulations, each of the items produced here is as functional as beautiful.
Perhaps the most interesting thing regarding this centre is that it enables you to get a deeper understanding of traditional and contemporary Khmer ceramic art, including stoneware, raku and salt-glazed wares. Further, you can observe the steps involved in the making of Khmer ceramic items that involve conversion of natural raw materials such as Khmer earth and stone into attractive pieces of art. Best of all, the centre provides the unique opportunity to experience the thrill and intricacy drawn in the creation of ceramic artifacts. You can participate in any of the following workshops under the guidance of friendly, experienced staff: Potter Wheel Workshop, Khmer Raku Workshop and Khmer Ancient Workshop. Also, you will receive a free gift as part of the workshop.
Good To Know
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 to 19:30
- Location: The centre is situated on Siem Reap’s outskirts on the Charles de Gaulle Boulevard, along the road to Angkor Wat. The National Museum is nearby.
- Address: Vithey Charles de Gaulle, Khum Slorkram, Siem Reap – Angkor