This exquisite nativity was crafted in the Celadon Ceramic Studios run by Duangkamol Srisukri whose father started the studios. Setting this nativity apart is the Celadon technique as well as the traditional Thai setting featuring Thai garb, the Thai angel known as a deva and the water buffalo.
Celadon is the name given by Europeans to a very specific type of ceramic that was originally developed some 2000 years ago in the Zhejiang province of China. Celadon ceramic is characterized by a specific type of glaze as well as by its jade green color. Today, Celadon is produced in many different Asian countries, including Thailand.
This elegant Nativity is from Chulucanas, a town situated on the side of Mt. Vicús in the northwestern coastal region of Peru. Chulucanas is well known for its rich and ancient tradition of pottery making. The technique used is known as “reverse technique” and has been handed down from the ancient pre-Columbian inhabitants of this region. Their ceramics are displayed today in some museums under the name of Vicus pottery.
Usually monochrome brown or black this stylized Chulucanas Nativity is set apart by it’s complex coloring highlighted by the gold.
This beautiful Holy Family is a stylized version of a traditional Andean Holy Family. Using contemporary lines and traditional color patterns the artists arrives at a wonderful balance between old and new.
This Peruvian nativity presents the Holy Family is very young people. In most nativities this is the case with Mary, however, traditionally Joseph is depicted as an older man who is somewhat removed from Mary and the Christ Child. In this Nativity Mary, Joseph and Jesus as shown lying down in an intimate embrace. The animals are lying down next to the Holy Family.
This nativity, set is a Peruvian village is lit by the glow of the candle on the inside of the candle holder. The glow of a Peruvian village home spills out to surround the Holy Family. This ceramic tea light holder hand-formed and hand-painted.
This touching nativity reveals how the art of Andean highlands artisans is grounded both in their daily life and in their personal faith as they depict the Holy Family in their own traditional Andean image.