The production of ceramic vessels requires detailed knowledge of the physical properties of different clays and tempering materials, as well as knowledge about how these combine and react under specific firing conditions. Potters knew where to find and identify quality clays sources and understood what materials to add to the clay to prevent it from cracking during drying. They recognized the limits of the tempered clay’s strength during shaping and after firing. Potters also employed a range of techniques and methods in decorating their containers; some of these decorations transmitted important symbolic information as well. Without kilns, special skills were required in using open fires to produce pots. When ceramic-making arrived in Canada, it was adapted to take into account local needs and raw materials.
A Vietnamese living in the Land of the Rising Sun tried to associate Bat Trang pottery of Vietnam with flowers from Japan, which has been a great success.
Ngo Hung Lam, a Vietnamese resident, arrived in the Japanese province of Chiba in 1980 as a construction worker. Since then, he underwent many years of hard working in the province. During a trip to his homeland in 1995, he visited the well-known pottery village of Bat Trang in northern Vietnam and decided to introduce the village’s unique products to Japan.
After selling Bat Trang ceramics in Chiba for two years, Ngo Hung Lam considered selling Japanese flowers in pots made by Bat Trang artisans. The decision came from his deep understanding of Japanese tastes and Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
Flowers are available in Japan all year round with a wide range of species and colours. Japanese people, who have a special love for flowers, often place them in a small pot in a garden corner or on the windowsill to improve their lives. [read more]
Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia, and is used for furniture, handicrafts, and building material among others. Rattan continues to be an invaluable part of rural people’s livelihoods in South and Southeast Asia.
According to the statistics from the Vietnam’s General Department of Customs, in May 2015, exports of bamboo, rattan and sedge was 20.4 million USD, decreased 9.1% in comparison with April 2015. Export revenue for the first 5 months of these commodities was 104.4 million USD, an increase of 5.51% against the same period of 2014.
Vietnam exports rattan, bamboo, sedge mats to 18 markets around the world , including the United States, the main market, with total export revenue of 25.5 million USD, accounting for 24.4% of exports, increased 15.12% compared to the first 5 months of 2014. At the second place is the Japanese market with a export revenue of 18.3 million USD, decreased 0.43%. Germany ranks 3rd with 13.3 million USD of export, increased 19.94%.
Other export markets for these commodities are: the UK, South Korea, Canada, Spain… out of these, despite its modest ranking at the 4th place, the Netherlands witnessed the outgrown rate of exports at 102.84% equivalent to 5.2 million USD. [read more]
Dang Chi Quyet, chief of Bau Truc Neighbourhood in Phuoc Dan Town of Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province in south Central Vietnam, recently finished a very important neighbourhood meeting one morning at 11:30 a.m.
Quyet said, ‘We had a meeting to discuss the way to promote the development of our village’s pottery craft. We’re going to build a fence for the pottery product exhibition house and a temple to worship the craft founder.’
He said that Bau Truc Pottery Village has just been chosen as one of three major tourist attractions in Ninh Thuan.
‘Now, the whole village is bustling with business, and we officials are busy all day long,’ Quyet said.
More than 15 years ago, the pottery craft of Bau Truc Pottery Village, where Cham people have been making pottery for hundreds of years, was thought to be coming to an end. Only a few out of the village’s more than 400 households were making some pottery products for a living. They made things like pots and jars and carried them around to sell. Now, the craft has been resurrected.
Pottery products are made for export to Germany at the southern province of Binh Duong. Last year, Viet Nam’s exports to Germany reached US$4.72 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15.4 per cent. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh
HA NOI (VNS) — Germany is Viet Nam’s largest trade partner in the EU, accounting for 20 per cent of the country’s total trade turnover from the bloc.
This was announced by the Information Centre under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The centre used statistics from the General Department of Customs to illustrate that last year, Viet Nam’s exports to Germany reached US$4.72 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15.4 per cent. [read more]
On 17/2, Vietnam Fine Arts Association celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of artist Hoang Tich Chu (18/2 / 1912- 18/2/2012).
Artist Hoang Tich Chu was one of the originators the art of lacquer painting Vietnam. He came with lacquer from the College of Fine Arts School of Indochina, and love for this material has parallels talented artist all my life Hanoi. He had to explore, creatively innovative use of color, texture, to develop the art of traditional lacquer painting Vietnam.
A Cham village creates a wide range of ceramic items without the aid of a potter’s wheel.
I climbed onto my motorbike on a recent sunny Sunday morning in downtown Phan Rang in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan in search of an ancient Cham tradition.
After a 10km ride down asphalt roads, I was welcomed by a gate that reads: “Bau Truc Pottery Village.” I knew I’d arrived when I found clay pots and jars lined up outside every house, inviting visitors to take a look inside.
I stepped into a large gallery filled with Cham kings and dancing girls, Cham temple models, and sets of linga and yoni — symbols of Lord Shiva in Hinduism.
Behind the showroom, artisans shaped fresh clay into vases and statues.
“We don’t use potter’s wheels like other places. All the products here, no matter how large, are ‘làm bằng tay, xoay bằng mông’ (made by hands and spun by bottoms),” said Dong Thi Sua, who works at the Dang Xem Pottery Workshop.
The shop’s namesake owner Dang Xem said, “Everything is completely made by hands. That makes Bau Truc pottery unique. In addition, baking is done over an open-air fire, fueled by rice hulls and dry tree branches, not in a kiln.”
VIEGermany_-_The_biggest_trade_partner_of_Vietnam_in_the_EU._Pix_2TRADE – In the last 5 consecutive years, Germany always stands as the biggest trade partner of Vietnam in the EU. Vietnam and Germany have built a long-term trade cooperation relationship with supplementary economic structures. Germany is not only a direct bilateral trade partner of Vietnam but also one of few strategic partners. Germany is also the gateway for Vietnamese products to be exported to European markets.
In recent years, Vietnam – Germany trade relationship has developed actively. In 2013, the bilateral trade between the two countries has reached US$ 7.7 billion, increasing by 18% compared to that of 2012. In which, Vietnam’s exports to Germany achieved US$ 4.7 billion, increasing by 15.5% with the trade surplus of US$ 1.77 billion. [read more]
Over 200 years old, My Thien – Chau O, in Binh Sơn District, Quang Ngai Province, is a village, famous in Central Vietnam and Central Highlands for ceramic products. Withstanding the tides of new industrial products that led to the extinction of many ceramic villages, My Thien – Chau O ceramics still retains its modest foothold in the market, due to unique features.
Sitting near 1A National Highway, 20 kilometres to the south of Quang Ngai City, My Thien – Chau O is conveniently located for production and transportation of goods to trading sites. ‘In the past, the traders came to grab our produce directly from the kilns. Beside the areas of Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Binh Dinh, My Thien – Chau O ceramics was well known as far as in Hue, Quang Tri, and the Central Highlands’, Mr Dang Van Trinh, 51, the village ceramics artisan, said. [read more]