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For the love of clay
Binh Phuong
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For the love of clay

Binh Phuong

By Binh Phuong in HCMC

Teacher Linh (standing) instructs her students

As I have a passion for lovely decorative items and toys, I feel so fortunate to discover a special class where I am able to be taught how to make tiny dishes with clay. Not just a place for relaxing after a busy working week, this class has made me fall in love with tiny and elegant things made of clay and I now believe that creativity is limitless.

Located on the fourth floor of an office building in Tan Binh District, the class surprises new students with many small and elegant clay dishes arranged neatly on a shelf. They look so real that at first sight I thought that they were edible. This class ‘a world of tiny food’ is really an ideal place for everyone to share their passion for hand-made art and learn to make new clay dishes together.

Tiny dishes made of clay - Photo: Binh Phuong

There are many kinds of clay food taught at the class but Vietnamese dishes such as banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe), bap xao (corn fried with small shrimps) and nem nuong (grilled meat roll) give me a strong impression. They are more unique and interesting to me as other foreign dishes such as pizza, hamburger and dim sum are easily found at any souvenir shops. Making a clay dish is extremely interesting. All students at the class enjoy doing all the steps from kneading clay, painting, arranging and sticking things together with glue. After class, it is a happy time for people to take photos of their works and bring home a new dish for their clay food collection.

Linh, one of the two teachers, says that the class is suitable for people of all ages and children from eight years old upwards. Clay and all materials for making these dishes are bought in Thailand, but Linh always tells her students to make use of normal things to improve creativeness. 

At each class, students will learn to make one complicated dish or two simpler ones. Foreigners are also welcomed to this class as the teachers can arrange an interpreter for them.

The class opens every Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Lena Faustina Shop, GMG Building at 112-118 Ly Thuong Kiet Street in Tan Binh District. Each class charges from VND120,000-160,000 each person, including fees for clay and other materials. The schedule is updated monthly on the website

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