Sojourn/ˈsōjərn/: A temporary stop where a traveler resides; respite on a journey


At Sojourn, we offer respite along life’s way for young women who have big hills to climb. We provide them with tools and experience to walk forward with sure steps and eyes lifted towards a lighted horizon.


hope-filled forward motion

— lay le ya, Pwo Karen Blessing


There is an amazing phrase spoken as a blessing over youth in Myanmar. Lay le ya is a Pwo Karen saying that means hope-filled forward motion. 

We use clay as a starting point to work with young women along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Our intent in training artisans is not simply to make beautiful products, but to provide training in life skills, character education, and spiritual development so as to overcome obstacles and pursue a hope-filled future.

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Our Process

Everything starts with our hands. We form each porcelain piece, paint every metallic stroke, and assemble the pieces with 14k gold-filled and sterling silver fittings.

All Sojourn items are beautifully handcrafted by young women on the Thai-Myanmar border and so each piece is unique and may vary slightly in design and in size.

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Mway Painting