Ratchaburi Ceramics Factory
Ratchaburi Province abounds with local attractions and historic sites dating back to the Dvaravati period when it was known as the City of Kings.
It is located on the bank of the Mae Klong River 100 kms from Bangkok and is renowned for the quality of its clay which produces wonderful ceramics.
Famed for its fine clay, which is the prime ingredient for successful ceramics, Ratchaburi has for a long time been the major producer of large Chinese-style water jars distinguished by their dull brown glaze and flowers or dragons in mustard yellow.
These were commonly used for dipping showers. At one time, the jars were piled by the hundreds on to barges and towed up the canals for sale in Bangkok. One can occasionally still see a barge being loaded along the quay.
Nowadays, Ratchaburi boasts 59 ceramic factories, where craftsmen still fashion traditional water jars.
However, local potters have branched out these days, producing ceramics of startling beauty and many international ceramic companies have their factories in Ratchaburi.