Art is an integral part of human life. Art has the tendency of manifesting itself in various different regions of the world in innumerous number of forms. While it can range from the prestigious paintings of Picasso, to the breathtaking sculptural wonders of the ancient monuments in India, to the smooth silk work of China and the embroidery wonders of Vietnam, it is undeniable that each and every form of art is not just a piece of work but an enchanting experience for people who have the passion to enjoy and appreciate its wonders. One such feast to your senses is the rare but elegant art work of the "Thai Clay Flowers".
Thai Clay Flowers or "Dok Mai Jark dinh" as they are known in Thai originated initially from the continent of Europe a few decades back. The clay was initially used to make dolls and artistic flower paintings with the main ingredient in the mix being bread. As the era progressed, the Japanese in 1970's started noticing the European doll models which by then were made with much more ingredients including salt, and Italian flour dough amongst others. These dolls created a long lasting interest in the minds of the Japanese people which enabled them in turn to develop the art further. The Japanese started off using the clay first as bread based product at first calling it PAN DOUGH which literally meant bread dough. Initially they made flowers without any cutters and molds with the exception of frilling tool and some veiners.
They have used an acrylic sheet called FLOWER PRESS with measurements on both sides which helped in giving dimension to petals and leaves. The entire models were made with untinted clay, then with help of oil paints coloring has been done. As time progressed so did the work of art manifesting itself in later on in the form of Luna Clay. In the early 1980's, the Japanese art circle brought over the Luna clay art work to Thailand. The artwork slowly started to capture the attention and innovative nature of the Thai people. For quite some time, Luna Clay was the only form of clay being used. Slowly, other models of clay were brought to the foray by the Thai people to compensate for the expensive Luna Clay without compromising the overall quality of the end product. While it is true that this particular form of clay art was found in Europe and cultivated in Japan, it would be safe to say that it is due to the innovation and keen interest from the Thai population that the art work has attained such dizzying heights. The Thai people had not just embraced the art of this unique clay work but have also transcended it by introducing new techniques and methods to enhance the beauty of the end product. The Thai people have been the first to introduce and produce lot of accessories like cutters and veiners to further define the end result of the clay work. They have also introduced a lot of accessories like pots, hangers and driftwood to compliment these flowers. The Thais are the first ones to create life size models of flowers. The mere variety of orchids is just mind blowing. Thai clay flowers as they are known worldwide now have spread to countries including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Russia. So many artisans around the world come to Thailand for learning and sharing their artistic skills and expertise.
Many of these individuals are keener on making aware the richness and potential of such an art form rather than just the commercial aspect of the whole idea. We invite you to join us in discovering and appreciating this unique method of art which shall be a treat to your eyes, a pleasure to your interest and a worthwhile pastime for the rest of your lives. It has been long said that art imitates life and vice-versa, if that be the case with "Thai Clay Flowers", than life sure must be the most beautiful work of art.