Nestled in a quiet soi at the foothill of Doi Suthep, Suzu Cafe & Workshop is a beautiful space dedicated to clay and coffee. Named after the tiny bells that we often see in front of Japanese homes, this walkin natural studio was created by Kyuma Yasui, a Japanese artist from Okinawa.
Ceramics has been Kyuma’s passion for twenty five years. After studying traditional Japanese kilns for many years in his own country, he came to northern Thailand and learned the old techniques used in traditional Chiang Mai kilns. He has now opened a ceramics studio behind Chiang Mai University where visitors are welcome to pop in and explore their own creativity.
Whether you are new to ceramics or it has been a lifelong passion, feel free to stop by anytime from Monday to Saturday (10am to 6pm) and join a workshop led by local in-house artists. Workshop price is 600 THB for a few hours and includes teaching you the basics of ceramics, plus they will fire your art piece and send it to your overseas home.
In the studio, you will also see some of Kyuma Yasui’s own creations which are fusion of Japanese houseware designs and northern Thailand quality clay. These specialist handmade ceramics are usually showcased only at the artist’s gallery in Irabu Island, Japan.
In addition to this wonderful workshop studio, Suzu is also a peaceful coffee shop with a pleasant open air garden. The menu features a selection of ten different coffee and teas as well as a short and delicious selection of Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss tasting the Mille-Feuilles Katsu (129THB), the Mentaiko Cream Pasta (169 THB) plus different Japanese Curry Style dishes.
During your visit to Chiang Mai take some relaxing time out of the rat race and create your unique ceramic souvenir while meeting local Thai artists and enjoying a coffee in this secluded garden.
SUZU CAFE & WORKSHOP:
16/3 Suthep Road. Chiang Mai. (opposite Casa Condo)
Tel. 083-479 39 48
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