[ 15/11/2014 5:02:22 ]
Making potteries in Thanh Ha – a traditional village in Hoi An


Unstable and long lasting job history

Places on the bank of Thu Bon river, about 2 kilometer to the West of the center of Hoi An, Thanh Ha village is one of the most popular destination. During 16th and 17th centuries, the artisans from Nghe An and Thanh Hoa province came to Hoi An to start their business and brought with them the sophisticate recipe. During 18th century, the pottery making blossomed with the rapid development of Hoi An Harbor. However, in 20th century, because of the changing in flow of the river, Hoi An Harbor was sedimented and followed by a crisis time of pottery market. Then, with the improvement and renew of the technique, style and appearance, nowadays, the products from Thanh Ha pottery village has undeniable position on the market in Hoi An and middle regions of Vietnam.
Thanh Ha village is a small village on Thu Bon banks. Many families still keep their traditional houses with leave roofs and use fishery as a left-hand job
Small pictures made of clay. All of them are handmade so they are unique

Sophisticate technique that is reserved along centuries

The first impression one comes to Thanh Ha village is a small village under the shadow of banyan tree, with columns of smoke come from kilns made of bricks as a signal for a new coming series of potteries. The clay on the Thu Bon banks is delivered to the villager, one part is for making tiles and the other is for producing potteries. Because the Vietnamese prefer using objects made of natural materials instead of plastic, the products are necessaries for daily life as flower pots, bowls or bottle; a few of them have decorated value as pottery pictures or Buddha statues. All of the potteries are handmade with traditional technique, so it becomes an alive-museum for the historians to invest into the outstanding pottery making technique of Vietnam and the South East Asian also.
The woman is drying potteries under the sunlight to make them have stable forms
Hard potteries before sent to the kilns
The service of hand making potteries is so popular. You can make one by yourself under the instruction of the artisans

Not only tourism

Visiting Thanh Ha pottery village, you not only have deeper understand of a traditional job in Vietnam but also experience making pottery by yourself. Under the instruction of the artisans, you can learn from the forming pottery from clay, drawing, carving to baking and make well done products. It would be unique experience that hardly do the visitors find in industrial countries.
Nguyen Le - headzone.net