Pinsuwan Benjarong, Samut Songkhram

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Creator Wirat Pinsuwan was a teacher as well as a trader of coconut and sugar. In 1967, he made a career change and began trading Thai traditional plates and antiques. He acquired the knowledge and the skills to repair Benjarong through this job and gained a high reputation for his technique. In 1980, he started learning how to make Benjarong pottery. After much failure, he succeeded in creating Benjarong and began to teach the skill to other craftsmen.

Wirat Pinsuwan became well known and was requested to make Benjarong exclusively for the royal family. While designing many types of Benjarong, he also made his own designs among which there were many highly valued products.

His plates were used at the APEC summit in 2003 during the banquet as well as gifts to the twenty-one countries representatives decorated with their birthday flowers.

Wirat is now eighty-one years old and teaches local youths the skills to make Benjarong in order to keep the Thai traditional art alive.
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  • If you have ever wondered how the Thai people create their beautiful porcelain jars and dishes, here is your chance to see first hand. This small, family owned business creates some of the best...  more »
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