Beautiful Hand-Painted Benjarong Ceramics in Traditional Styles
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Beautiful, hand-painted Benjarong comes in a range of traditional styles
 

The Benjarong is a traditional form of Thai porcelain. The style of multi-colored enamels on a white porcelain base came from Ming dynasty China. The name “Benjarong” was derived from Bali and Sanskrit words Benja and Rong, meaning literally “Five Colors”. “Five Colors” really means “many colors” because the hand-painted pieces are usually decorated in three, five, eight colors, or even more

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  The History of Benjarong Porcelain
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Benjarong porcelain can be easily recognized by distinctive design features :

  • The decoration is densely painted and very delicately detailed. Most patterns are symmetrical base on geometrical designs
  • Benjarong wares were enameled with relief glaze, emphasizing the background color, while the Chinese wares were thinly painted and never emphasize background color
  • The dazzling designs are attractive and with the lavish use of gold
  • Patterns include traditional Thai motifs, such as flora, plant and flame designs, as well as cultural symbols, such as The Garuda (the half-man half-bird mount of the god Vishnu and a symbol of Thai royalty), the emblem of the Siamese kings
In the 13th – 18th century, Benjarong porcelain was exclusively made for the royal court. Later its use extended to aristocrats and wealthy merchants; today people of all nationalities use Benjarong for formal ware

The designs on the earliest Benjarong used a limited number of colors mostly for religions subjects but eventually a new design style grew up known as “Lai Nam Thong” which used gold as its distinctive colour. In the reign of King Rama II (1809-1851) Lai Nam Thong wares with gorgeous gold accents were very popular. Today, the original Benjarong wares are displayed at the Thai National Museum in Bangkok.

 
Chakri Green Background
Kao Larm Trad Blue color
Dok mai Khod Fancy Colors
on White Background
Pikul Flower
Blue Background
         
  Making Benjarong    
 

Fine quality Benjarong using traditional hand-painted techniques, is usually made in limited quantities. The base is export grade royal bone china. Chinese porcelain was developed during the Song dynasty (960 - 1127 ) but bone china was an evolution created in England in the 18th century. In addition to kaolin ( a form of clay ) and feldspar used in porcelain, the English added 40-50 percent bone ash to produce bone china. The resultant ware is superior in strength, translucency, thinness, and whiteness

Benjarong is an enamel overglaze process painted on the china ware. Enamel is a non-organic compound which becomes a glass matrix when fired.The finish never fades and is strong enough to resist scratching. The entire surface from rim to base is drawn by hand and the colors are painted in one at a time, and 18 carat gold is painted to outline every color

Hand Painting  
  Gilding The piece on the left is ready to be fired in the kiln for 10 hours at 800 C. The kiln firing is where modern technology helps keep the cost down. The small electric kilns made by the Japanese allow a few pieces to be fired every night. The temperature and the firing-cooling time is electronically controlled, resulting in very few misfirings. Our exclusive protrusion technique can be seen by multi-layering till there is a 3 dementional bubble of paint. Since we developed this technique, it has been so popular, now we only produce this line of dinner ware.  
         
  Complete Dining Sets
Our ultimate product, a complete modern ware set, is done in our new and exclusive protrusion technique. A complete set will take 3 months to produce. Every piece is painted by the same craftsman to ensure artistic unity. If the idea of a craftsman producing only 4 dining sets a year seems ludicrous to the rest of the world, this is traditional craftsmanship at work in Thailand. Would the Kings of old Siam, for whom the original Benjarong was produced, expect any less ?
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  Tablewares You won't find our Benjarong in any department store, not even Neiman-Marcus. Well, at least we haven't asked them, yet. We can only produce a limited quantity anyway, so there is no point in trying to mass market. We don't wish to give up our custom ordering process anyway. Tea and Coffee sets  
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