The last potters of Vietnam

Jars of My Thien pottery village in Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150323

A feature on the traditional potters of Vietnam, a dying craft, and their long lineage.

Jars of My Thien pottery village in Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150323
Jars of My Thien pottery village in Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150323

Walking down Vietnam’s pottery lane, before time erases its fame
Viet Nam Net, 23 March 2015

The last artisan of the ancient Quang Duc pottery line died early last year at 90, and the only artisan still making My Duc pottery is already in his 50s.

It is time to take a journey back in time to learn about the heyday of the pottery lines that earned national and regional fame for central Vietnam before they die out for good.

Many pottery villages prospered in south central Vietnam thousands of years ago, but the most famous ones were My Thien in Quang Ngai Province, Quang Duc in Phu Yen and Go Sanh in Binh Dinh.

Pottery relics from the villages are evidence of strong cultural interaction and trade between countries in the region centuries ago.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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