Some people visiting Bat Trang pottery village see the mixture of different styles of pottery as losing the identity of this traditional pottery village in Vietnam.

Those who have some knowledge about pottery might easily find out, that a lot of shops have products of other styles than the usual handicraft from Ba Trang. A lot of the products seem to be imported from other provinces even from China.

Apart from this Ba Trang is not far away from Hanoi and has still some really good pottery and it is alot of fun walking around and looking at the quite amazing pittoresque styles you can find.

Bat Trang, is as said a small village about 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi. If you are interested in ceramics you already might know, that Bat Trang’s vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products are known worldwide. If you would like to get to know how ceramic products are made by hand, you should just go there, see it or even try it yourself.

Bat Trang village is said to be established in 14th or 15th century. There are always different stories concerning village origins. One of these tells that under Ly dynasty, in 1100, when the nation was in its independence and growing, there were 3 scholars who came back from their mission trip to China bringing the ceramic craft industry to Vietnam. In another story the village dates back to the 10th century, when King Ly Cong Uan relocated the capital in Thang Long. With the establishment and development of the capital, many businessmen,crafters from many areas settled here to work and trade. Bat Trang is an area wher you can find a lot of white clay, so potters started to built the kilns here. From this time on the village gradually
changed from a normal ceramic and pottery village into a more known one.

The production follows different steps. First a product frame has to be build. The artists select the suitable clay, treat it and start making a raw product with best appearance to his artistic choice. Second the raw product is decorated and covered with glazes. Last but not least, the raw products have to be baked. This needs about 3 days and nights. There are several different kinds of kiln with a temperature in between 12000 to 13000 Celsius.

The special finishing is the decoration on the products. There are a lot of different special designs and a special distinguishable glaze.

Most of all, as I am not much in ceramics I likes the opportunities I got in taking images here.

áo dài

A legend born in Hanoi