"As a local Thai woman, I feel so proud to have the chance to create and present unique celadon items to the world.
Thatsanee was born in Sankamphang, a land of beautiful and attractive handicrafts, celadon items chief among them.
According to Thatsanee, "I worked in a bank for quite a few years but the office work prevented me from admiring the beauty of the handicrafts of my area.
The advantage of working in the bank was that I could access fund resources so that I got some small capital to be able to start up a little celadon kiln and workshop along with my partner Kanda.
Working with celadon was a dream of mine, and being able to focus my life in this special traditional craft of Thailand brought deep meaning to me.
Soonafter I was joined by Ramphan Khumsingkaew, an extraordinary painter, and we all helped to form the base of our small team many years ago." Master painter and artist Ramphan (pictured here) tells her story: "Dearest Novica clients, we are artists in the celadon ceramic tradition, one of the three main ceramic styles in Thailand, dating back many hundreds of years.
The traditional green tones of the glaze are intended to bring to mind the tonal qualities of jade.The celadon glaze is thick and strong, yet has many intricate weblike cracks in its surface for an antique feel."I initially learned how to paint basic patterns such as bamboo and lotus, focusing on that for a period of three years.Then I learned more intricate and artistic Thai patterns that I have been painting up to now. I intend to continue my painting career and would be pleased to teach others, for I hope that my work will never be forgotten." Thatsanee adds, "Our work ethos is included the King's teachings on 'Economic Sufficiency,' which encourages to be efficient in all aspects of life and to always learn new things and new techniques.My inspiration comes from Thai culture and traditions, and my personal experiences in day-to-day life. Then we add morality into it, for we work with happiness and care for each other."Painting on celadon can be quite difficult, for this kind of ceramic has a rough surface; it requires much skill and patience, and it sometimes takes me a month to complete a single piece. We're all members of a big family, and always help each other.