IDE TO CAMBODIA
CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE
IDE BOARD & EXPERTS
Beyond Retail Buisness
Institut Français du Cambodge
Bayon Pastery School
PSE - Pour un Sourire d'Enfant
7 weeks...The first week, the team explored Phnom Pehn, the museums such as the National Museum guided by Jean Michel Filippi, the Sosoro Museum, art galleries, markets, the partners…
Mathilde Bretillot gave a conference at The French Institute.
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After this deap and rich immersion in Cambodian and Khmer Culture, the team moved to Siem reap, with a memorable stop at to the pottery village of Kampong Chnang, the historic centre clay and potters. with a memorable stop at to the pottery village of Kampong Chnang, the historic centre clay and potters
Arrived in Siem Reap, it was settled that the experience would be led with Morodok ceramic. Seyhak Son is the fith generation of ceramist, originated from Kampong Chnang. He seetled in Siem Reap to be nearer to the tourist market. He builds this studio, involving and training others, mainly members of his family. Throwing and modelling are the two techniques on which they excel.
The designers started smoothly to get as near as possible to the tools, the makers, and their way of working. To get around the difficulty of language and communication, each of them had to imagine other ways to communicate their ideas; drawing, modelling dough, a lot of body language and eye catching.
It proofed to be the most amazing experience to watch this dance around a ball of clay which would become a bespoke object, conceived by the designer and interpreted by the craftsman.
Daily inspired by Cambodian life, Angkor Vat temples, the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap, the food on the markets , the designers were struck by the presence of History, the mystical approach, the immense variety of food, the colors. Over a hundred pieces were produced.
Back to Phon Pehn, the whole collection was shown on the Gala Dinner at the French Embassy. A real Ceramic & food dinner, catered by 5 renowned chefs.