make your own ceramic dinnerware Bat Trang: Vietnam's Traditional Pottery Village
This bat village's little Tao village can be traced back to before 700, when every family along the street had their own small factory behind the house, with a sales area in front, overflowing to the street. In sharp contrast to the huge factory colony along the Hanoi highway. Bat Trang's ceramics cover the entire pottery collection from traditional dinners to historic vases to the most modern European designs. The painting is usually done by family children after school with grandma, who provides the equivalent of teaching and tradition. Some of the decorative art painted on clay tiles is beautiful and shows some Vietnamese looking at life. Usually they are complex and almost always attract you. Of course, if you are a victorious non-philist, the craftsmen have learned in the past 700 how to suppress giggle rather than spit on shoes. It's fun to hang out and shop, but it's better to get your hands dirty and learn how to throw pots. A group of children came out of school and immediately stopped in front of a wheel with a fine brush in their hand, and their fingers learned another piece of Vietnamese history. River, between the two ancient trade centers of Taron and River, the pottery production of bazhuang flourished. It has ready-made clay and is perfect for ceramic work. It makes pottery for daily use and decoration, but some of the best pottery is designed to be suitable for religious ceremonies. These works are usually hand-painted and the complex techniques used to make them are handed down from generation to generation. In this village, the division of labor accounts for a large part. There is a factory that produces the glaze and supplies the glaze to the Potters. We visited a factory that only produced traditional teapot and provided supplies for all the shops in the village. The village is well organized in order to maintain this tradition. Recently, how they organize a day trip to welcome their village, starting from Hanoi, also shows this. They make their village much more interesting than pottery. 1. About 10 kms. From Hanoi, Bat Trang is an easy day trip. You will have the opportunity to see a more rustic setting, a probation on the crowded streets of Hanoi. Walking in the village has many interesting highlights. There are temples open for anyone interested to visit. Venture into some narrow alleys along the narrow streets. There is a complete experience waiting for you when people open their home, workplace or factory. They even invite you to tea. But for those who are mainly interested in looking at ceramics, there are hundreds of shops offering a wide variety of colors that blend traditional and modern designs. Walking down the street, we met many Vietnamese families who were watching ceramics at home while they were in the village. The acceleration of the TET Festival has already begun, and dull eye shoppers will do it well before the festivalChristmas sales in North America. 2. The ceramics in Vietnam are very special, and the ceramics in Bat Trang are the best. Vietnamese people have folk legends about the women who ask for love from Vietnamese suitors who promise that if they marry them, they will make them the home of Bat Trang bricks. Although many ceramics have adapted to modern design, there are still many ceramics that adhere to the traditional design. These designs are important symbols in Vietnamese culture. The most common ones are lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, cherry blossom, cloud, Tiger and Dragon. Please note that the dragon has only 3 claws, since only 5 claws are allowed for the King in the Dragon. The Irish in our group are really attracted by the ceramic design on some huge wall racks. Some designs are 3D and complex. Usually, these are reserved for the temple. 3. We were at Bat Trang that day and we saw many young students really starting to learn basic hand skills and trying to create an artwork on the wheel of Potter. At first it's a bit like taking a pat on your head while rubbing your belly while trying to turn your thumb into a design. It's like learning how to play with the bag tube, said grumpy. When we first went there was only one place to offer lessons on how to make pottery. The second time (two years later), there are a few places on the street where you can try to do the unique design you always wanted. This time I limited myself to asking a local craftsman to show me how he made the pottery I purchased from his shop. But it would be more interesting to try to make pottery yourself. Everything is ready for you except the design. So before you go, there's a design in your mind. This traditional design highlights the Lotus, a powerful symbol of Buddhism. Lotus flowers grow in swamps, usually with muddy water. Therefore, it symbolizes the purification of the soul, the beauty that comes out of the Darkness, Darkness and dirt. It is about loyalty, coming out of the dark for enlightenment. It rises from suffering and becomes the power to give life. For Buddhists, the various colors of the Lotus have special meaning. In these plates, red means compassion. White symbolizes the purity of the spirit. Pink symbolizes the history of the Buddha. Blue represents the logic of wisdom and enlightenment. Purple symbolizes spirituality and mystery. The color above is Golden because it represents the revelation of the Buddha. 4. If you go to bat village, you have to come back with your memory. We already have some very unique fish designs, and we are lucky to have stumbled upon small factories known for their art. In this kind of shopping, instead of using a guide, we usually try to talk to the local owner, with gestures, smiles and small paintings, and find out what they think we should see. Several times we were slid into the deep, dark depths behind the store and found some lovely little treasures. 5. The teapot is amazing. We did a good job of showing how to make tea and coffee with this classic old design. Small filter in small pot, placed on ceramic heater near small teacup, immediately placed in suitcaseable. In one of the shops, it was a pleasure for the owner to set up his small tea area. It also earned us a return on the personal inspection of each of our pottery choices and, in fact, he found a defect and we were upgraded. We explained to him that we liked the texture of the defective pot but he refused to sell it to us. At first we couldn't find a replacement with lovely old color which made the pot so special, but after a few minutes he came back with what we wanted, claiming that he just used one more tea. We escaped with a variety of cups, tea pots, trays and vases. Everyone was chosen as a gift to go home. I also found some designs similar to Japanese pottery which I like very much because of its natural color. I bought a few and in the store the owner offered to show me how he made these things with potter's wheels. We are glad to see him. 6. As we walked on the streets of Bat Trang, our attention was drawn to the culinary smell of a corner. They roast beef on skewers. the taste is too tempting. we can only try it. It was really delicious. 7. Yes, when you have enough time to look at the pottery, go to the Red River to see the ferry, some of which are huge, steady flow, with a heavy sand burden on the construction sites. There are too many lives in this river. 8. When you walk along the Red River in Bat Trang, you can't miss this temple. Go in and see what 23 families at Bat Trang built for their pottery on Thanksgiving Day.