Projects
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia
Restoring Angkor Wat
Saving the Past
Udaya
Provincial Museum Survey
Bronze Conservation Laboratory
Wrath of the Phantom Army
Village Awareness Training
Brah Ling and Calling the Souls

KhmeRenaissance

SEACHART

Khmer Cultural and Educational Activities
Banteay Chmar Training Program

Banteay Chmar Fundraising Event-Tokyo String Quartet
Banteay Chmar's South Causeway Restoration
Ancestors of Angkor Exhibition
Memot Center of Archaeology and Museum

Kok Thlok Performing Troupe

Signage and Labels for the National Museum of Cambodia

Torp Chey Kiln Discovery
Royal Ballet Exhibition at National Museum

 

Saving the Past

Cambodia’s ceramics hold the key to a deeper understanding of its past. Ranging from prehistoric days until the 15th century, these are an important element of Khmer culture. Excavations by a Cambodian team, under the leadership of Dr. Christophe Pottier of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, unearthed a trove of ceramic sherds at Prei Kmeng. To unlock their historical evidence it was necessary to assemble the multiple fragments and reconstruct the pots. FOKCI supported this work, which was undertaken by a team of Cambodian ceramics conservators from the Ceramics Conservation Lab who were led and trained by Bonnie Baskin, an expert ceramics conservator who is based in Berkeley, California.

The conservation permitted a new interpretation of the dating of early Khmer settlements. Its success led to a new request for FOKCI support to restore another group of ceramics discovered in the ground of the West Baray at Koh Ta Meas. The team began the first of two stages of this project in June 2006. The work is very challenging, as many of the pieces are extremely small. A vital component of the project is training a cadre of Cambodian ceramics conservators in this painstaking and very important work.