Monday, March 2, 2015

Bat Trang Pottery Village

Bat Trang pottery village is located along the Red River in Gia Lam District, Hanoi suburb. Bat Trang means The Great Yard, is a land of skillful craftmen.  This name is formed under Le reign which is the integration between the five families in Bo Bat Su Thanh village. The 5 biggest families including Tran, Vuong, Nguyen, Le,  Pham. They made a meeting  and decided to take some artists, potters and children left the village and migrate  to Thang Long citadle to develop their career.  They stoped at Ming Trang village.

Today the village of Bat Trang Pottery specializes in producing of many different capabilities from: utensils, worshiping, ceramics and fine arts, etc. Here the family retained quality craft passed down by his father, that the products are displayed and sophisticated feature set separately. Products from ceramics  also was well known and exported to many parts of the world.

If you take the bus, you will walk from the gate of the village and go through the Ceramics shops to Ceremic market in the core of Village. If you take a  motobike, let go straight to the Ceremic market. You can learn how to make a pottery. After finishing a ceramic clay, you have to wait for drying. During that time you walk around the village and visit the market. Also take a walk around the village, you can choose the form of buffalo ride, about $ 150k - 200k / truck is about 10 people. Buffalo vehicles will take visitors to go around the village.

You can model a portery. There are many families provide this service. This is how you play and learn how to makea  pottery and processes. It is quite simple: the landlord has given you one huge clods, one little moisture, provide you with one turntable, then you put clods between the turntable and visual delight for the land department. Most of you will make the cup, do dishes, do the usual utensils circle. If you are handy, you can squeeze the shape of animals. After molding is complete, you move on to the drying stage, takes about 30 minutes, during this time you can go out or lunch. Next you get to the stage of painting, decorating products. And finally, workers will paint ball outside to keep the product more durable over time. The cost for each product around VND30,000 - VND50,000. There are plenty of families are along the road from beginning to the end in the market. When visiting these families you can ask them about the process of making pottery, history, or simply watch them do it.