Handmade White Charm Eggshell mosaic centerpiece(Thailand)

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Handmade White Charm Eggshell mosaic centerpiece(Thailand)

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Tradition is transformed into contemporary décor through Nantana Sompamitres talented artistry. She handcrafts this precious footed bowl centerpiece in the image of Buddhist offering bowls. Sompamitre works with a team of skilled artisans trained by her, and together they seek to preserve Thailands kruang-kern, or lacquerware heritage. This piece is inspired by the peoples faith in Buddhism and their ceremonies, explains Sompamitre. This is the real character of Lanna people, it represents this rich culture of ours.

To craft a piece such as this one, mango wood is carefully hand-shaped upon a lathe and then a mixture of lacquer - obtained from trees and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks - is applied. Upon exposure to air the mixture dries to form a watertight seal, which is polished before another coat is applied. This process is repeated until a rigid base is formed, and a final polishing is executed with sandpaper and several coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object, with drying periods in between each coat.

Next, chicken or duck eggshells are thoroughly cleaned and finely cracked to be patiently arranged in a mosaic pattern upon a fresh coat of lacquer. The work again lacquered twice, and when dry it is sanded in water until the eggshells slowly appear. The piece is finally rinsed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, resulting in an alluring distinctive gleam.

Product Features
  • Dimension :7.75 H x 9.75 Diam.
  • Weight :2.6
  • Color White
  • Lacquered mango wood and eggshells
  • Wipe with a damp cloth
  • Made In :Thailand

Story behind the art :My name is Nantana Sompamitre and you can call me 'Nan.' I was born on May 1, 1950 in a calm and peaceful village in northern Thailand. I was married when I was 23 years old. One day, my husband and I discussed our future and we realized that with his skill and mine, we could open up our own lacquer ware workshop. He taught me every step involved in the creation of lacquer ware. We all work together as a team and everyone presents his or her own idea. I have a son and a daughter. My son is 26 and studies computer engineering at the state university and my daughter has just graduated in business management. They are my hope and thanks to our handicrafts, I think they will be successful in life. I think Novica is the best channel in this day and age to show who you are and what you are doing. Novica will help my handcrafts be known around the world for the people who love this kind of work. What more can I ask for? Thank you Novica, and I hope everybody loves my handcrafts too! To craft her designs, the wood is carved into the desired shape. Then it is coated with lacquer, which is derived from the Gluta usitata tree and ashes. It is dries to form a watertight seal that is polished, and another coat is applied. This process is repeated up to twenty times before as many six coats of pure lacquer are applied. The final layer is polished to a shine with powdered fired clay. Next, eggshells are cleaned and cracked into small pieces. Sompamitre arranges them in the desired pattern on fresh coat of lacquer. The tray is lacquered twice more and sanded in water until the eggshells slowly appear.


The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

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Country of Origin: Thailand

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Item #
33332843
Style
Modern & Contemporary
Material
Wood
Assembly
Assembled
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
White
Commercial
Yes
Handmade
Worldstock
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Dimensions
1.2 In. X 9.75 In. X 7.75 In.
Model Number
59612

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