The first ceramics festival in Vietnam will take
place in the southern province of Binh Duong from September 2-8.
The festival will introduce Vietnam’s most special ceramic products and winners
in the following categories: the biggest, the best gilded, most difficult to
shape, the most beautiful pattern, and the most unique sacred object.
The most special item will be a three-piece set from Minh Long Ceramic Company
1: Van Lang gem bowl, Vietnamese soul cup, and golden lotus cup. Dozens of
craftsmen created these items over five years.
Another notable product is the Quoc Binh Thang Long bronze drum, which was made
within two years by craftsmen from Cuong Phat Company. This company will also
showcase unique ceramic products created through a new burning technique.
Some ceramic items that hold historical meaning will be introduced, like the
Heaven and Earth jar and Ancient Thang Long, respectively produced by Trung
Thanh and Minh Cuong ceramic companies.
Producers said that these are special products that mark great progress for the
ceramics industry, so there will not be fixed prices.
By August 26, 19 craft villages and 50 ceramic companies registered to join the
festival. The organizing board has registered ten products as establishing
Vietnamese records in various categories.
Binh Duong Ceramics Association chairman Ly Ngoc Minh said that in preparation
for the first Vietnam ceramics festival, firms have tried to make unique
products to show the vitality of this traditional trade.
Minh said that the ceramic trade is facing a slowdown not only in Vietnam, but
in many countries. Recently famous ceramic brands like Royal Doulton and
Westwood (UK), Rosenthal (Germany), and Thun (Czech Republic) have gone
bankrupt. Many ceramic factories in Japan and China have closed.
He said that the number of ceramic firms in Binh Duong has fallen from 500 to
120, but only 70 of them are still operating. “However, it is miraculous that
20-30 companies account for 70-80 percent of the country’s total ceramic export
revenue,” he added.