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Antique Burmese Clay Pots

Burma, 1900


Pottery and earthenware have a thousand-year-old history. Now and then, they were used to store food, cook, or collect drinking water. The pots have been used as ancient fridges. The water inside the pot is cool due to the clay’s evaporation process. It has tiny pores on its surface and water gets evaporated very quickly through these pores. Due to this evaporation process, the heat of the water inside the pot is lost, which lowers the temperature of the water.⁠
In a dry hot country with no electricity, the cooling effect of the pots enabled people to store food and cold drinking water. Especially in the Dry zones, like Central Burma, this mechanism allowed people to travel greater distances and make pilgrimages to temples.⁠

The whole creation process of a Burmese clay pot took⁠ about 4 months. First, at least 10 molded parts were⁠ produced and combined to the form of the pot. Then,⁠ the molds were hand-coated with clay. After drying for⁠ a week, the molds were removed, and decorative shapes were added to the pots. After another month of drying - the pots were finally put into the kiln. A Kiln is a special kind of oven that was used for millennia to turn objects from clay into terracotta, tiles, and bricks. The kiln was warmed up with hardwood, then teak wood was used to reach the desired temperature and coconut shells kept the fire going for days.⁠
The pots were placed inside the cleaned and prepared kiln and all openings were stuffed with bricks. Then the pots were fired in the kiln for two days and three nights. The colours of each individual pot are depending on its distance to the fire.⁠

H 25 ⅝" / DM 29 ½",⁠
H 65 cm / DM 75 cm,⁠

Thai private collection

Nr.: KE3115