Handmade Laughing Elephant Celadon Ceramic Figurine (Thailand)

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Handmade Laughing Elephant Celadon Ceramic Figurine (Thailand)

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Trumpeting an excited greeting, this elephant seems to smile. The king's elephant wears colorful silks, meticulously painted by hand with motifs reserved for royalty. Elephants are an important part of Thai culture and have been symbols of both power and peace. Working in the renowned celadon tradition, Thatsanee and Ramphan craft this handsome figurine by hand and bathe it in a cool green glaze.


Product Features 

  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Features a crackled finish
  • Package Includes : Celadon ceramic figurine
  • County Of Origin : Thailand
  • Colors : Green
  • Material : Celadon ceramic
  • Dimensions : 4.3" H x 2.6" W x 4" D







Story behind the art :

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. My inspiration comes from Thai culture and traditions, and my personal experiences in day-to-day life.  "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. I am very proud of my work. 

Country of Origin: Thailand

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Item #
33121123
Material
Ceramic
Type
Statues
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
Green
Commercial
Yes
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Dimensions
8.5 In. X 3.3 In. X 5.5 In.
Model Number
228926

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