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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

More than a means of living

By Nguyen Trung Au

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My Thien Pottery Village in Chau O Town of the central province of Quang Ngai used to be busy with over 40 households earning a living from pottery. Going through ups and downs of life, only artisan Dang Van Trinh and his wife Pham Thi Thu Cuc still do the job to create pottery products meeting the demand of local consumers.

Artisan Trinh has been working as a potter for over 55 years. Since his childhood, he has made friends with clay, kilns and potter’s wheels.

He said the pottery village had been more than 200 years old and its most prosperous period was in 1982 with the establishment of the My Thien pottery cooperative. Its products were sold to neighboring provinces, such as Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, Danang and the Central Highlands, and even exported to other countries, including Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

In the first month of the lunar year, artisan Trinh holds a ceremony to commemorate Pham Cong Dac and Nguyen Cong At, who established the My Thien Pottery Village.

Artisan Dang Van Trinh and his wife Pham Thi Thu Cuc shape pottery products
Ceramic vases are dried naturally
Ceramic vases are dried naturally
Ceramic vases are dried naturally
Artisan Trinh coasts a vase with ceramic glaze
Patterns on products are made manually
All of the steps are completed manually
All of the steps are completed manually
Pottery products have many sizes and are used for different purposes
Vases before being baked
Inside the kiln
No modern machine is used

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