Ceramics has long been an integral part of Vietnamese history. Understanding the creation of ceramics means you are learning Vietnamese culture. Here, we will share some of the most well-known ceramics across Vietnam, from North to South. Ceramics in Vietnam can be categorized by age into 2 types: traditional ceramics and industrial ceramics. Traditional ceramics made in Bat Trang, Phu Lang, Dong Trieu, Chu Dau are popular due to their extraordinary patterns and exquisite brush strokes. All products made from these villages are completely hand-made.
The most famous Bat Trang ceramics which come from the region of Gia Lam, Hanoi, was originally established hundred years ago during the Ly dynasty. It is renown for intricate characteristics, such as tender brushstrokes, elegant patterns and light-weightness. With such high requirements for the making process, ceramists need to acquire high-skills in drawing and decorating techniques. Ceramic products of Bat Trang including vases, teacups, plates, bowls, etc.
With an increasing demand for ceramics, in places such as Thanh Tri, Hai Duong or Dong Nai, the making of ceramics became industrialized. These ceramics’ designs are typically more simple with pasted patterns with golden lines. With mass-production, industrial ceramics provide a huge variety and quantity comparing to traditional ceramics. These regions have also become export hubs for Vietnamese-manufactured ceramics. With Minh Tien Ceramic, the company’s history is tightly linked with the development of the region’s export popularity. Our exports clients started coming in with the boom of the Vietnamese economy and helped us grow to this very day.
Ceramics can also be distinguished by their purpose, i.e. household ceramic products and architectural ceramic products. On the one hand, household ceramics are instrumental in Vietnamese daily life. Ceramic household products can range from a tiny bowl for dinner meals to a giant vase containing homemade liquor, having little but still elegant patterns. Architectural ceramics is, on the other hand, an important part of furnishing houses and offices. Vietnam is also well-known for its ceramic tiles used to decorate colonial-age villas, Chinese-inspired temples to modern residential projects. Besides serving decorative purposes, ceramic is also widely believed to have effects on Feng Shui – an important factor for construction in East Asia culture.