RMUTT Students Create Phi Ta Khon and Kolek Boat Pottery Products
Students from RMUTT’s Department of Product Design, Faculty of Fine and Applied Art have successfully designed and created pottery as part of their senior project by using and applying knowledge learnt to develop one product and one idea, and integrating the identity of being Thai as a concept. The two senior projects are the “Phi Ta Khon basin” by Mr. Seubsak Srimas and “Food ceramic ware Kolek boat design” by Ms. Kochporn Chujan.
Mr. Seubsak Srimas said that he wanted to add value and beauty to the basin and was personally interested in Phi Ta Khon masks as Phi Ta Khon is a tradition that has been passed down from many generations in Dan Sai district, Loei province. Phi Ta Khon masks are made from the same material as sticky rice steamer baskets. In the Phi Ta Khon parade, people are dressed in colorful clothes and have a parade alongside the Boon Luang procession. The patterns on Phi Ta Khon masks also change from generation to generation. The patterns were originally created through drawing inspiration from nature, such as hawks’ eyes and tadpoles’ eyes. Researchers know of the value and would like to preserve this art that has originated from the wisdom of the Thai community. Mr. Seubsak Srimas further studied Phi Ta Khon masks that have beautiful and unique patterns significant to the Phi Ta Khon tradition to design and create a Phi Ta Khon basin with appealing patterns, to enhance awareness and appreciation of the nation’s heritage, which should be continually preserved.
Moreover, Ms. Kochporn Chujan said that pottery products, particularly dinnerware, are in high demand in the market. She would like to make her product different in terms of function; the product’s function must also complement its unique look. Hence, Ms. Kochporn Chujan focused on creating a product that is interesting to differentiate it from being part of daily ceramic dinnerware. The Food ceramic ware Kolek boat design was inspired by the beauty of Kolek boats, which are charming and diverse in terms of their shapes and patterns. The original shape of the boat was developed and modified into a food container. However, the shape of the container places emphasis on preserving the heritage of the south, and preserving its value. Each Kolek boat has an exquisite shape and pattern, making it suitable for use in restaurants, hotels, or events as appropriate.
Those that are interested in both products may ask for more information and details by contacting the creator of “Phi Ta Khon Basin” Mr. Seubsak Srimas at 090-990-0179 and contacting the creator of “Food ceramic ware Kolek boat design” Ms. Kochporn Chujan at 095-607-1893.