The Social Enterprise Model – Planning for the Future

Recognising that Employment and Economic Opportunity are central to the Arts School’s mandate, the Buddhist Heritage Project has initiated a Social Enterprise in the form of a retail shop in the heart of Luang Prabang. The shop provides an outlet for the works of local artists and artisans, and all profits go to support the schools at the Buddhist Academy.

By Naming the Shop “CELADON”, the Project pays homage to an art form that has been lost in Luang Prabang, that of the creation of high glazed Celadon pottery. Opened in January 2017 the shop has proven successful and gives impetus to our long-term plans to expand the concept.

We Envisage an All-Encompassing premises, ultimately including a shop, studio and workshop spaces. Graduates from the Arts School will find employment and an outlet for their works, and as the Social Enterprise grows so too will the economic benefit to the students, former students, their families and the community at large.

In the Process of Sourcing we have been made acutely aware of the shortage of many artisanal skills in Luang Prabang, an awareness that lends weight to the validity of the vision of creating the Vocational School of Arts at the Buddhist Academy.

Please browse through the photographs below for a preview of the charming objects on sale at CELADON.

  • Front view of our shop next to historic Vat Khily.

  • Classic Luang Prabang Alms Bowls on display in the shop.

  • Fine Celadon pieces and Monk’s shoulder bags.

  • Classic Solid Brass Temple gongs.

  • Limited edition photographs, Bamboo Fans, Manuscript Bookmarks and more!

  • Featuring a wide range of unique products to suit every taste and budget.

  • A beautifully crafted local Rosewood cabinet holds our exclusive Silver jewellery collection. Atop the cabinet is a magnificent and important old temple gong.