Northern Thai Ceramics introduction
It is now certain that the Northern Thai ceramics were contemporary with those of Sukothai Town and Sisatchanalai, if,indeed, the kilns of Phayao were not the source of high-fired glazed stonewares in the whole area.
Many hold that the wares of Northern Thailand, in particular those of Kalong, are the finest of all South-East Asian ceramics.

The heavy Early Haripunchai Mon earthenwares, probably date from the eleventh to the thirteenth century. Two intriguing glazed pieces may date from this period.
During the golden era of the Kingdom of Lanna from about 1350 to 1550, every semi-independent princedom, cut off in their mountain-girt valleys, produced their own distinctive ceramics.
After the Burmese conquest in 1558 the kilns must have faded away. Not until the first years of the twentieth century were celadon wares again made in the north of Thailand. Now ceramics are a major item of export.

In the 1990's the Fine Arts Department excavated a small group of kilns at Intakin in A. Mae Tang. Virtually no sherds were found in the area and it is, perhaps, in doubt as to whether glazed ceramics were made there in the time of Lanna.

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