Coming to Thanh Ha pottery village, tourists can feel the peaceful feelings with the green space of the lines of areca trees as well as the newly-made ceramic products. Thanh Ha is known as both the live museum and the valuable information resource for scientists to explore and do research about the traditional pottery making in Vietnam particularly and in Southeast region as the whole.
The most ancient pottery village
Thanh Ha pottery village is located in Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city, Quang Nam. It is right on Thu Bon riverbank and far from Hoi An ancient street about 3km towards the West.
Thanh Ha pottery village has been famous for 500 years. On the centuries XIV – XVII, the craftsmen from Thanh Hoa went to Thanh Ha to set up a village and made pottery and then passed it on for the next generations. Under Nguyen dinasty, they are well-known for their talent because they are the one who provide ancient houses in Hoi An and the neighbor areas with many products such as roof tiles, flooring tiles and ceramic furnitures. However, the golden period passed because of the market economy. Thanh Ha pottery had faced many difficulties when they could not catch up with the products made by the modern technology so they could not find the consumption places. Until now, after Thanh Ha pottery becomes a part of the exploration tours of tourists coming to Hoi An, Thanh Ha ceramic kilns are revived.
Ceramic products of Thanh Ha
If the ceramic products of Tho Ha (Bac Giang), Bat Trang (Hanoi) and Phu Lang (Bac Ninh) are respectively made from blue clay, white clay and brown-yellow clay, Thanh Ha ceramic products are taken from the brown clay along Thu Bon river with the high clamminess and ductility.
After taking the clay, local people have to mix and temper it until it is well-kneaded as newly-made flour. Then, they use that clay to make many products and bring them to dry under the sunshine or in the corner of the kitchen. The pottery kiln is arranged cleverly so that it can both save spacec and ensure that the products are out of shape. Depending on each product, they can burn from one day to three days.
The major products of Thanh Ha are ustensils serving the daily life such as cup, bowl, vase, jar and so on with different shapes and diverse colors. Specifically, they are lighter than other products in other provinces partly because of the special clay of Thu Bon river and skilful hands of Thanh Ha craftsmen.
With many passed centuries and ups and downs of the history, Thanh Ha pottery village is still peaceful like the gentle flow of Thu Bon river.
Moreover, Thanh Ha craftsmen quietly make the ceramic products by clever hands. If you have a chance to travel to Hoi An ancient street, you should not miss this great Thanh Ha pottery village.