Recognising that Employment and Economic Opportunity are central to the Arts School’s mandate, the Buddhist Heritage Project has initiated a Social Enterprise in the form of a retail shop in the heart of Luang Prabang. The shop provides an outlet for the works of local artists and artisans, and all profits go to support the schools at the Buddhist Academy.
By Naming the Shop “CELADON”, the Project pays homage to an art form that has been lost in Luang Prabang, that of the creation of high glazed Celadon pottery. Opened in January 2017 the shop has proven successful and gives impetus to our long-term plans to expand the concept.
In the Process of Sourcing we have been made acutely aware of the shortage of many artisanal skills in Luang Prabang, an awareness that lends weight to the validity of the vision of creating the Vocational School of Arts at the Buddhist Academy.
Please browse through the photographs below for a preview of the charming objects on sale at CELADON.
Dusk approaches and our enticing lighted shop clearly stands out from others in town in colour, appearance and most importantly, in the quality and variety of our products.
One may clearly see the variety of CELADON’s products – all of which have a direct relationship to Buddhism and / or Luang Prabang.
Fine glazed Celadon objects, displayed beneath the traditional Buddha statues that follow a centuries old design – and are decorated with a pure gold leaf on the front base.
Gongs and their strikers sit below one of Hans Georg Berger’s Limited-Edition Platinum Print photographs.
A fine old gong displayed in CELADON. We pay great attention to the quality and resonance of the sound of each gong, although they all are charming in appearance.
A typical range of products in CELADON, in this case featuring exclusively designed Sterling Silver Jewellery.
Beautifully hand carved Buddha statues in the classic Luang Prabang “Praying for Rain” pose, bracketed by a pair of our solid brass singing bowls.
CELADON Elephants, reminiscent of the Kingdom of a Million Elephants, welcome guests to CELADON.
Locally produced and packaged Buddhist aromatherapy oils; scented travelling candles, and natural Bee’s Wax for protecting the wood in our Buddha statues.
Our small but highly relevant selection of books, relating to Buddhism and to the town of Luang Prabang (with some of our attractive T-Shirts visible behind them).