Located 60 km from Hanoi, Phu Lang ceramic village in Que Vo district, Bac Ninh province is one of the last remaining villages in Northern Vietnam that have been producing ceramics since the 13th century. It has been a brand name like Bat Trang in terms of pottery and ceramics products. Thanks to its distance from the urban centre, Phu Lang is a non-commercial pottery village and its unique products are made with traditional techniques. Phu Lang pottery is unique and defined by its brown glazed color and specific texture due to the raw clay found in the region.
Nearly half of residents in Phu Lang village produce clay pots, decorative tiles, jars and burial caskets. For years, the village still remains its simple beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It seems unchanged with narrow zigzag lanes, red brick walls and popular scenes of rural Vietnam. The founder of pottery craft in Phu Lang is known to be Mr. Luu Phong Tu, who brought the craft from China to Phu Lang and taught his children and co-villagers to make ceramics products. From then on, generations of villagers have kept that craft as their occupation to earn living.
Phu Lang ceramic is made of red clay, and its products are quite varied from intricately carved devotional items to simple household utensils like jars and vases. All the stages of the production process of the Phu Lang ceramics from the form modeling to the putting into the oven are executed by hands. That’s why the products are not identical in shape or in the color of enamel. The enamel of the Phu Lang ceramics is not as brilliant as the enamel of the white ceramics of Bat Trang. The color is not uniform but has light and dark places, places with crackled enamel and contracted enamel.
Today, Phu Lang has become a tourist attraction to both local and foreign visitors. The tourists are very keen on making their own products to give to someone else. It would be an incredible experience in Phu Lang pottery village during your travel journey around Vietnam.
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