Hand-Painted Benjarong Small Jar – Gold Pikul Embossed

$ 25.00

A exquisite Benjarong jar with lid designed in gold Pikul embossed pattern. This small jar is glossy coated that gives golden shine to the surface. With a production method of this Benjarong that is different from the original frame, they use the monochromatic tone by applying the gold into the pattern for luxury and full of details. They bring Pikul flower patterns to string together in a Thai painting to create something unique.

This jar is perfect for home decoration or for small storage. Despite its decorative appearance, this jar is strong! It is made from high quality ceramic, it is lightweight and has a special property that the light can pass through or be translucent! With the complicated process, the color and pattern will not peel off!

Type : Jar
Pattern : Pikul Flower
Material : Ceramic
Dimension : 5.5 W x 5.5 L x 6.2 H cm
Producing Time : 7 days

Made with complex process, excellent raw materials, and skillful craftsmanship, where the craftsman put in his best to create this individual workpiece with graceful pattern and design.

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Description

What is Benjarong?

Benjarong is a traditional form of painted Thai ceramics porcelain. Benja means five and rong means color. In the past, the primary colors in Benjarong were black, green, yellow, red and white. Nowadays, since the patterns have been developed to the stories from Buddha’s biography and Thai culture and tradition, more colors are required, and now the craftsmen have over 16 colors to work with.

Benjarong may have been introduced to Thailand by the Chinese. Painted designs on white porcelain originated in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In the early days, Benjarong porcelain was made only for the royal court and the aristocracy. Benjarong has been manufactured for hundreds of years and requires exceptional skill to produce. Only a few elite artisans can create these, and it takes them days just to finish one piece!

The nine-step-process

Each individual workpiece requires excellent craftsmanship from a complex manufacturing process. There are 9 painstaking processes to make one Benjarong, including the make of white ceramic and painting pattern. But the steps can vary depending on each artisan, patterns, and techniques.

Making white glazed ceramic

  1. It begins with finding soils from different provinces.
  2. An artisan molds clay into the desired shape.
  3. After being shaped on a pottery wheel, the Benjarong item is set in a kiln for 10 hours at 1472°F (800°C).
  4. Once it cools, the item is coated with a glaze and bake for another 10 hours at an even higher temperature, until it gleams.

Painting Pattern

  1. Draw the pattern outlines, to facilitate the pattern drawing, and to create a clear pattern that isn’t overlapping or disproportionate.
  2. Artists paint designs with liquid gold. This gild is executed only by veteran workers who have over decades of experience.
  3. Another worker traces around the golden lines with colored paints.
  4. After the painting is complete, the craftsman will check and finish any small details on the workpiece, and apply golden solution paint onto the workpiece’ cover, in order to improve the workpiece’s attractiveness.
  5. Finish with another blast in the oven.

You can see the basic steps in making a Benjarong in this video!

Buddhist-influenced Pattern

This Benjarong mug is painted with Pikul flower pattern. This pattern originated during the reign of King Rama II. (1809-1824) Pikul is a flower symbolizing Buddhist lent. These big trees that produce these fragrant flower are often planted in temple grounds. King rama II invited Chinese artists to Siam to teach his craftsmen how to draw on porcelain. This trellised pattern, with its’ geometric shapes can often be seen decorating the walls and ceilings of Thai temples, including the grand palace and many other historical buildings.

This Benjarong mug is uniquely made to a be a gold Pikul embossed mug. It is designed by skilled craftsmen who get more than 30 years of experience in this field. With a production method of Benjarong that is different from the original frame, they use the monochromatic tone by applying the gold into the pattern for luxury and full of details.

The many uses of this Benjarong small jar

Benjarong porcelain once was reserved only for Thailand’s elite. Thai royalty ate from delicate Benjarong dishes and plates. Nowadays, Benjarong porcelain has become widely used in homes and hotels as decorative pieces. This jar also has a variety of purposes.

  • Perfect for decoration
  • Small storage for jewelry
  • Gift for your special ones
  • Show in your home or office
Making from love – Buran Benjarong

Buran Benjarong and Ceramic Co., Ltd. was founded on March 22, 1994 in a small rental house in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Started with a capital of only ten thousand baht by producing within the family. Witoon and Somchit (older sisters) who initiated the early Benjarong production.

At first, it was produced based on their own preferences by imitating the old Benjarong. It was enough to sell with a small production. After producing it for a while, they found that if they continued to produce their work from only what they like like this, they would not be able to keep selling.

As Witoon is a person who likes to experiment things. He did many trial and error which continually resulted in a formula for making “Benjarong embossed color” and getting a different shade of Benjarong that was unique and different from the market. After that, Buran Benjarong began to produce “embossed Benjarong” to the market.

Buran Benjarong takes quality as a top priority, including the pattern that must not imitate anyone, must be beautiful, and meet the needs of customers.

The production of Buran Benjarong does not adhere to old ideas. This allows them to get new products all the time. And with no framework and adherence to the old style, this makes their work famous for “Benjarong outside the box”.

At Buran Benjarong, there are 5 steps of intensive quality inspection including quality of raw materials used, the gold used to produce it must be authentic gold, only high quality white glazed tiles must be of good quality. Honesty is also a key factor. These make them be acceptable among customers.

Artistic quality is certified with many awards

OTOP 5 Stars in 2009 – One Tambon One Product (OTOP) Project is one of the government’s urgent policies encouraging Thai communities to make use of Thai wisdom. The government helps impart modern knowledge and manage to introduce the products to the domestic and international markets through chain stores and outlets. Buran Benjarong was awarded with OTOP Product Champion in 2009 in the wares/decoration/souvenir category.

The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (Public Organization) – The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) is the main organization with the objectives to preserve and promote local arts and crafts for excellent, organize the contests and sale of local arts and crafts products as local wisdom. Buran Benjarong continues to keep producing high quality products while enhancing their products designs.

PM Award (Prime Minister’s Export Award) – The Prime Minister’s Export Award was established in 1992 by the. Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government. Buran Benjarong was awarded in 2008 for the OTOP Export Recognition. This can ensure customers with high quality standards in the manufacturing. Buran Benjarong are making and carving a niche and unique products.

   

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 5.5 × 5.5 × 6.2 cm