Poor access to materials hurting glazed ware industry: Sagaing artisans

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Earthen pots attract local and foreign visitors in the Sagaing Region. Photo: Win OO (Zeyar Tine)

The glazed ware industry in Sagaing Region is struggling to adopt advanced technology amid poor access to materials and low demand, said artisans.
“We are still struggling to adopt technology from the Netherlands. When the experts demonstrated how to make the glazed ware, we could follow them. But now, we are facing difficulties with large glazed kilns. Insufficient gas is another problem. Because of this, we have to continue using firewood for kilns. Moreover, we are facing some difficulties in buying chemicals,” said Daw Moh Moh La Pyae Wun from the Hanwinsaw glazed ware enterprise.
For making glazed ware, it is cheaper to use gas-fired kilns than firewood kilns, said local businesspersons. But, insufficient gas supply, high transportation costs, and difficulty in purchase of chemicals are hindering the development of the glazed ware business, they said.

—Win OO (Zeyar Tine) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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