BEHIND THE CRAFT
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The Magic of Borosilicate Glass

The gradual infusion of tea results in a beautiful changing diffusion of colour. It’s likely one could find a tea liquor colour for every part of the spectrum. But it’s often hidden away in a mug or teapot.

With Borosilicate glass, it’s possible to enjoy this visual delight.

Let’s get technical for a moment…

Borosilicate glass contains about 15% of the ingredient Boron Trioxide, which allows for a very low coefficient of thermal expansion [the rate at which glass expands when exposed to heat].

This means it won’t crack or shatter under extreme temperature changes like regular glass. It’s also highly resistant to other chemicals or acids, so it’s free of any foreign taste or colour.

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Benjarong Mug M2 Pikul Pattern

Craftsmanship: hand crafted by finest artisans using techniques that are centuries old. Customised Design: Hand-painted to a pattern of your choice. Authenticity: Authenticated with the artist's signature.

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The production process is only known to a handful of families in Thailand that who have passed it down to through generations spanning many centuries.

The intricacies of how it is made, the colour mixing, application of paints and patterns, are a well-kept secret.

The information you can find on our product pages, are as much as we are allowed to reveal.
Drawing: it begins with circular guide lines on the bone China or Thai porcelain on a turning wheel which is turned by the artist's hand.

Painting: Benjarong was traditionally painted from rim to base in symmetrical patterns. Although Benjarong means 5 colours, up to 14 colours are now used to improve variety in the patterns using paint made from mineral colours.

Quality Control: Only the strictest quality control procedures are employed and the slightest mistake will lead to rejection. Perfection is paramount for this range.
Weight: 0.240 kg
Length: 12 cm
Width: 9 cm
Height: 10 cm

HS Code: 6939 9010

Country of Origin: Thailand

Certification of Authenticity: Included with every purchase, copy required
Benjarong is fragile just like all ceramics so handle with care and you will find they last a lifetime.
- Benjarong contains a metallic gold paint and must therefore never be placed in a microwave oven.
- Avoid direct exposure to sunlight for long periods.
- To avoid scratches, ensure your Benjarong pieces do not rub against hard surfaces. We recommend that plates are stacked with tissues separating them. Do not slide plates over one another, they can scratch, just as one diamond will scratch another.
- To clean a Benjarong dinnerware items, it is advisable to hand wash only as you would with any other bone china.
- Use a plastic basin as a cushion against a hard metal sink.
- Never use abrasive pads, cleaners or scouring agents.
- Don't let your Benjarong sit in the sink or basin for a long period of time.
- Wash separately from other dinnerware e.g. cutlery.
- Do not wash with any silver because any rust from the silver could cause a grey mark on a piece of Benjarong dinnerware item. - It is safe to warm your Benjarong tableware ni an oven provided that you place the Benjarong in a cold oven and heat gradually up to 100 degrees C or, in a gas oven, to gas mark "one qaurter". Alternatively you can warm your Benjarong in a hostess trolleyor on a plate warmer.

Stories

The History of Chakri & Benjarong

Chakri symbolises the original daisy floral design dating back to China. The Thai adaption with stronger colours became popular during the reign of King Rama V and received royal permission to be used with the Chakri dynasty name.

The rounded petals in white surround the round pollen area in red. The flowers appear to float, surrounded by the background and leaves. The leaves are given a delicacy of appearing to be in motion, blown by the wind.
King Rama V was known for paving Siam's road away from colonisation and towards prosperous modernisation. For example, he abolished slavery and ensured sustainble education systems were in place. Whilst in power, he ensured the traditions of Siam were preserved as much as possible and he even promoted the use of high quality artisan products as he didn't want this to be forgotten.

This mass transition exhibited during pre-modern times can be regarded as unique thanks to King Rama V and The East India Company's Benjarong Collection aims to capture that never-to-be-forgotten story.

Our spirit delivers no ordinary products

  • FAQ

    How do I clean my Benjarong products?
    - Do not wash with any silver because any rust from the silver could cause a grey mark on a piece of Benjarong dinnerware item. - To clean a Benjarong dinnerware items, it is advisable to hand wash only as you would with any other bone china.
    - Use a plastic basin as a cushion against a hard metal sink.
    - Never use abrasive pads, cleaners or scouring agents.
    - Don't let your Benjarong sit in the sink or basin for a long period of time.
    - Wash separately from other dinnerware e.g. cutlery.

    How do I know if it's authentic?
    A Certification of Authenticity is included with every purchase.

  • Delivery & Returns

    UK Standard Delivery: £3.95
    UK Next Day Delivery (mainland UK only): £9.95 (Order before 12pm)
    International Delivery is available, please see our delivery page for details. For more information and Terms & Conditions, please see our Delivery page.

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