Ngoi Pottery Village – Bac Giang

Ngoi pottery village is situated in Nghia commune, Yen Dung district, Bac Giang province in the northern Vietnam. It has been well known for original pottery, attracting lots of consumers.

While most pottery brands in the province has been around for some time, that of Ngoi Village is a new name, but one that surely stands out because of its one-of-a-kind technique that is simple yet truly reflective of wonderful Vietnamese culture. It uses brown ceramic as pottery material. Its products have a distinct rough surface, intricate embossed patterns and national characters. They are also usually huge, wall-sized to somehow highlight its pride for its culture.

Designs vary from vases; garden light; decorated bricks (lotus, taro leaves, rice leaves or brocatelle); and Chi Pheo, Thi No and Lao Hac characters. Pottery paintings are the most looked for which are made of pottery fragments and require high burning skills and techniques.

Bat Trang pottery for example is characterized by vibrant paints and colours, while pottery at Phu Lang has an enamel gloss finish. Tho Ha Village and Quang Minh also produce unique pottery work which is not only amazing but international quality.

The beauty of Ngoi pottery is so exceptional that it has been displayed in many trade fairs and exhibitions such as the “APEC Image and Vietnamese Cultural Heritage” exhibition in 2007. The Vietnam Association of Handicraft Villages recognized Ngoi pottery as a “quintessence of handicraft villages.” Ngoi pottery is one true representation of Vietnamese culture, of why it stands the test of time.

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