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More than a means of living

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.

The wooden potters' wheel is an important tool to shape pottery products. SGT Photos: Nguyen Trung Au

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.

.Source: SGT


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