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.
Wear comfortable clothes
Bring raincoat or umbrella if itâ€™s rainy season (Rainy season is from May to mid October)
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
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...
For my family and I it was the opportunity to experience and activity that none of us had any prior knowledge of. We found it fun engaging and thoroughly enjoyable activity but more than just the pottery classic self it was the opportunity to engage with the community In a way that we would not otherwise have had the chance to.
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 SchmuckerUnited States
6 Apr, 2019
Our tour guide, Yeng, was wonderful! It was great to see the entire process of making pottery.
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:)
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.