There is a culture in Thailand of making Celedon glaze purely from wood ash. It is used to glaze the common ceramic ware used for everyday meals. The skyrocketing price of labour and the specific wood ash used in this glaze and also the chemical substitutes has meant this beautiful glaze is now rarely used. The question is, can I replace this specific wood ash with another source of common ash?
In this project, different ashes have been gathered in Thailand: ash from street food vendors, from rice paddies, off-cuts and sawdust from a furniture factory, and also as a control test, ash from a fireplace in the UK. After many trials (and some errors!), I recreated a wood ash celadon glaze by using my found ashes. This has been applied to my basic tableware range designed for a simple lifestyle.
School of Humanities
MA Ceramics & Glass, 2015
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- BA Industrial Design, Chulalongkorn University, 2012
- Internship, Tao Hong Tai Ceramics Factory, Thailand, 2011
- In Support of Eating, Sketch, London, 2015; Chinese Finishing School, 7 Wetherby Gardens, London, 2015; Crossing Border by Marco Evaristti, National Gallery, Bangkok, 2013; Breast Stupa Cookery Market by Pinaree Sanpitak , ROCKET Gallery, Tokyo, 2013