Countryside Pottery Workshop

Laos' Practical Tradition & Heritage

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$25.00 per guest

Highlights

  • Visit a hidden pottery village opposite Luang Prabang that few tourists venture to
  • Experience making pottery using Laotian techniques
  • Create your own earthenware design

Inclusive of:

  • Boat Transport from Luang Prabang to the Pottery Village
  • All materials and equipment you require for making pottery
  • English Speaking Facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional purchases
  • Pickup & Dropoff
  • Food and drinks
4.8 Out of 5
8 Reviews
Natalija Brumec Slovenia
5
27 May, 2019

Very good experience! Amazing insight into local handicraft and pottery art. We had a great time learning about the hist...

Amanda Schmucker United States
4
6 Apr, 2019

Our tour guide, Yeng, was wonderful! It was great to see the entire process of making pottery.

$US 25.00 per guest
3 hours
1 - 6 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Ceramics in Laos were first discovered at a construction site near Vientiane, with several kilns and ancient ceramics dating back to the 15th century were found. It is almost certain that the history of ceramics and pottery in Laos dates to earlier periods than the 15th century as their have been discoveries in neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand to dates several centuries earlier. The use of pottery in Laos is mostly utilitarian and while you will not find intricate patterns and design in Laotian pottery, it does not take away from the beauty of these everyday objects that were once used in all households. In keeping with Lao tradition of pottery manufacture, situated on the opposite bank of the Mekong River, at a 10 minute boat-ride downstream from Luang Prabang, Ban Chan Village is known as a popular place for its high quality pottery products with long history on the traditional craft. And what better way to get a feel of this ancient craft than by getting down and dirty with our master pottery in a workshop where you will get to make your own earthenware. :) Note: The fire procession will take about 7 days, so if you stay in Luang Prabang more than 7 days, we can certainly fire it in the kiln and bring it to your hotel. Otherwise you can simply take home one of the host's final products.

Additional Information:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Bring raincoat or umbrella if it’s rainy season (Rainy season is from May to mid October)
  • Hats
  • Drinking water
  • It will take 7 days to fire the your piece, if you are staying for 7 days the piece will be fired and delivered to our hotel
  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Boat transport is provided, takes about 10mins from pickup location to reach the village
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time

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Your Local Host

Thongvanh Sipasert

Thongvanh and his family has been working with pottery for more than 15 years. He first learnt to make pottery from his neighbor and over the past 15 years he has made thousands of crays for hotels, restaurants and...

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8 reviews from people who took this experience

Natalija Brumec Slovenia
5
27 May, 2019

Very good experience! Amazing insight into local handicraft and pottery art. We had a great time learning about the history and traditions of the family and village they are living in. I would highly recommend this experience!!!

Amanda Schmucker United States
4
6 Apr, 2019

Our tour guide, Yeng, was wonderful! It was great to see the entire process of making pottery.

Madelaine Dorion Canada
5
23 Oct, 2018

From beginning to end my guide and host were engaging and informative. We got our hands messy, learned some new skills and laughed a bunch. The pottery workshop was without a doubt was my favourite day in Luang Prabang. I would highly recommend this tour:)

Heather Johnston
5
27 Mar, 2018

This was amazing pottery experience in the countryside village. We toured the kilns, learned about the clay processing and spent time working on the wheel. My teacher was amazingly talented and very patient with me.

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Around The World
5
20 Mar, 2018

This activity is for everyone interested in crafts and art. It is a fantastic experience for all ages! A wonderful chance to meet people in a local village, across the river from Luang Prabang but a world apart! As a hobby potter, I was very interested to see how pots are made in Laos. The two lovely guides from Backstreet Academy picked me up from a central location in LB and after a short boat and tuktuk ride, we arrived in Ban Chan Village. I was shown around in the village and explained how the pottery was fired and the clay is sourced (locally). Mr Sipasert (20 years experience) makes his lovely pots/vases with assistance of his wife. I got to chance to make a pot using his technique and after asking, he demonstrated how he makes 1 meter high vases! Amazing! I got the chance to participate in every step of the process.

US$ 25.00 per guest
8 Reviews