"I'm Charoensri Chotayanon and I was born in Northern Thailand. Before I became involved with porcelain ceramics, I worked at a hotel for about 20 years while my husband was a building contractor. He had a friend who ran a ceramics factory, which I visited on several occasions and I observed each step in the process, from making molds, casting, decorating and glazing. All required a lot of skill. I found it exciting to watch the artisans and talk to them about their work. <br><br> "Seeing my interest, our friend persuaded me to work from home, as he could use more help. My husband agreed, and I said yes. <br><br> "Immediately, I began learning from skilled artisans. They taught me to how to select and work with clay, to prepare the glaze and to select the firing temperature. Finally, I was ready to complete a piece and launched a workshop with 30 artisans to work with me. Unfortunately, an economic crisis hit us hard and we had to downside.I decided to offer our skills to another factory as well. <br><br> "Then I began designing our ceramics. I'm still developing my work and continue learning about this art form. <br><br> "During the dry season, the people who live in the mountains come down and help me. I hope you like our work."