Lao Pottery House is located in Ban Channuea, 5 km. downriver from Luang Prabang. This small village has been manufacturing pottery for over 400 years and provides a convenient and authentic look into village life in Laos.
The Lao Pottery House was recently started up by the Lamphet family and offers visitors a chance to learn about traditional Lao pottery making. Their desire is, in part, to help preserve this amazing history as it slowly fades away with only six families still practicing these pottery techniques. Their hope is to use these experiences to help preserve the tradition of their village and provide a sustainable way of life for families in the village.
In ancient times, pottery pots were used for purposes such as fermenting fish along with storing water and rice alcohol. Today, a large variety of beautifully handcrafted terra cotta pots, planters, lanterns, tiles and more are made using the same techniques passed down through centuries.
Traditional Lao Pottery-Making Experience- 1hr
Upon arrival to Ban Channuea, head up the stairs to meet the Lamphet family, owners of Lao Pottery House. On this one hour experience visitors get a chance to get hands-on with the clay. Skilled pottery makers will be close by to help guide you as you craft your own small masterpiece. Learn and ask questions as you go. It’s a great way to spend an hour.
Traditional Lao Pottery Making Workshops – AM & PM
On this tour get a behind-the-scenes look at these ancient pottery techniques. Visitors enjoy a guided village tour and visit to the community kiln before heading back to Lao Pottery House to get hands-on with the clay. Skilled pottery makers will be close by to help guide you as you craft your own small masterpiece. Good luck.
Once your hands are all washed up, sit down and enjoy a delicious traditional Lao meal cooked by the Lamphet family themselves. All their ingredients come from local sources and if the season is right, they might even come from their very own organic garden. Visitors will get a chance to sample some of Luang Prabang’s favourite traditional foods such as; Khaipan (fried river weed), grilled fish, eggplant dipping sauce, and spicy papaya salad. You won’t be disappointed.