Dan Kwian

On the way from Korat to Khao Yai ("Big Hill," the famed national park), we stopped in Dan Kwian for a little research trip. Known for its deep-red clay and the locally made pottery -- everything from tourist kitsch (see bottom image) to historical replicas of temple art to sophisticated glazed vessels -- Dan Kwian has seemingly hundreds of potters and stores. One of the best, I'm told, is the shop run by Mok's sister in law, former wife of her late brother. Behind her store is an extensive operation that produces local clay and its products. After chatting with a bird trained to say "Sawatdee ka!" we made our way back to the clay pits, kilns, and shipping area.
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