Traditional Pottery and Ceramics
has taken form early in Vietnam. According to ancient document, pottery
appears in Vietnam ten thousand years ago. Following information is
general outline of pottery and ceramics appearance through historic
Prehistoric Age |
prehistoric times, ceramic products were understandably coarse as most
were mixed by women from sand and other materials. Most of the designs
on the surface of the ceramics were created with sticks while the
products were still wet. All of the pottery products from this era had
useful applications for household duties and cooking.
of the pottery products from the Bronze Age were formed on turn tables
and had diverse styles. As well as cooking utensils, there were also
artistic ceramics and products for tool production.
products were decorated with carved images and covered by a different
coloured layer of an enamel-like substance. The adornment of pottery
products from this period was performed using bronze tools.
Age pottery products developed in all regions of the country. These
products were produced at low temperatures using somewhat rudimentary
techniques. The form and ornamentation of the Iron Age pottery products
was quite unique to this period. This craft developed from traditional
experience, and from the influence of the Chinese.
pottery, including bricks and tiles, also originated during this time
and small simple statues of animals, such as pigs and oxen, were
From Ly Dynasty until now
After more than
ten centuries of Chinese domination, the Ly and Tran dynasties saw the
reestablishment of national independence. During this period, pottery
experienced splendid achievements in quality and diversity through
elements, including the form, decorations, and coloured enamel, were
employed to create beautiful products. The painted decorations were
simple, but incredibly attractive. Unique carving characteristics
developed and various kinds of enamel were applied.
Since the 15th century, ceramic started to bear white enamel with blue designs and fabrication techniques improved.
some localities are still specialized in producing ceramics, including
Bac Ninh Province, Thanh Hoa Province, Nam Dinh Province, and Hanoi.