A glance look at the Bat Trang pottery village

Life and market mechanism have changed, many kinds of product which are made of modern materials are sold; however, there still have the traditional villages, and the sophisticated products, simple but extremely valuable existing with the time. One of those famous villages is Bat Trang Ceramic village. Bat Trang is known as not only a traditional village where produces the valuable ceramics for the country, but also a tourist destination where is worth visiting, learning for those who are keen on experiencing and devoting love for traditional values.

Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Traditional festival and fair of Bat Trang village

Bat Trang Pottery and Ceramic Village is located in Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi. Both two villages in the commune are traditional villages, namley Giang Cao and Bat Trang. The total area of the commune is only 164,3ha in which 43ha is the residential land. 753 families of Bat Trang village live and work in the narrow area of 18ha. There are 5.3 hectares of residential land belonging to Bat Trang village.
Bat Trang pottery village has been formed, existed, growed for hundred years up to now. However, there has not been any scientific and completed documents writing about the village and the pottery work. There is only one thing that local people know for sure is that the pottery had existed before the foundation of Bat Trang village. The ceramic ocupation were brought to the place where had 72 white mounds- Bach Tho Phuong, built the braziers and formed the village by the Bat Trang ancient ancestors. At the new home, the new job and the village linked together and later became famous with the name: Bat Trang Ceramic Village.


Ceramic Dryer

The products made by Bat Trang are various, copipus though they are all made of the same material- terra-cotta (fired clay). However, the two kinds of product being more popular than the others are brick and ceramics.
Bat Trang bricks had been a famous brand before the pottery. Many of the Vietnamese folk songs have been recorded:
” Nga Son mat, Bat Trang bricks 
Nam Dinh silk fabric, silk in Ha Dong village”
(Chiếu Nga Sơn, Gạch Bát Tràng.Vải tơ Nam Định, lụa làng Hà Đông)
“I wish I could marry you I would buy Bat Trang bricks to build our house”
(Ước gì anh lấy được nàng. Để anh mua gạch bát tràng về xây.)
Bat Trang Ceramics, along with Nga Son sedge mat, Van Phuc, Ha Dong silk are the famous traditional villages and products. Bat Trang Ceramics have a typical size and color which can not be mistaken with any kinds of brick made by other villages in Vietnam country. Bat Trang Ceramic has the reddish brown colour, with 0.30m long, 0.30m (or 0.15m) wide, and from 0.05 to 0.07m thick, which all almost are fire-resistant. Bricks are stacked inside the boxes containing ceramic products which need baking, then bricks are baked several times so that, when we use them in construction, the buildings will have long life-span and have no moss.


The craftsman is placing the raw products in the reverter, preparing for the burning step

In addition to Bat Trang bricks, Bat Trang pottery is also well known throughout the country and all over the world. Bat Trang ceramics have many styles, types and sizes, which are classified according to the following functions: the worshipping objects include incense burners, candelabra, candlesticks, small wine bottles,… The household goods consist of bowls, plates, tea-sets (teapot and cups), jars, pots…, all of them are made by hands on the manual turning table, and later by with the on-site printing and pouring into plaster pattern techniques.

Bat Trang pottery products are made by hands on the manual turning tables
Bat Trang ancient pottery products are kept and exhibited in many museums in Vietnam and many other coutries in the world. They are the great attraction of the antique collectors, and very valuable in the market.

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A glance look at the Bat Trang pottery village

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