Are you looking for a ceramic workshop in Ho Chi Minh City?
Let’s touch on antique pottery-making tradition
Dong Nai boastsits Bien Hoa pottery. And Bien Hoa prides itself in the first pottery vocational training school in Indochina, which was Bien Hoa Fine Arts School. Right at this place, 100 years ago, the French couple Robert Balick and Mariette Balick, together with their students, marked a milestone for the local pottery industry.
They added distinctive decorative details to ordinary items like water jugs, flowerpots, chairs… usingunique coating materials made from straw ash, stove ash, glass … All of these ingredients could be found easily in the area at that time. Bien Hoa pottery started to flourish when the School’s products got great attention at the Paris International Exhibition (1925).
Over a hundred years later, the old village has changed; the old pottery-firing ovens have gradually been abandoned. Nevertheless De-form is able to retain the traditional techniques by learning the craft from Bien Hoa pottery artisans.
The tradition will disappear if nothing is done to sustain it. Therefore, besides producing pottery, De-form also opens classes where you can create Bien Hoa pottery in your own style right in Saigon. If your time in Saigon is limited, the 2-hour experiential class is an ideal choice
What to Expect
Within these 2 hours, you will have time to enjoy a cup of Vietnamese tea, listen to stories about Bien Hoa Pottery and the intercultural history of Vietnam. And finally you will have a chance to create hand-made pottery using wheel and some Biên Hòa traditional tools made from used utensils
Ready to take a class?
+ Registration fee: 280,000 VND per person
This covers materials used, including clay, glazes, tools and the cost of glaze firings up to maximum of 21 cm of pottery at the studio.
What to bring
Remember to wear some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, clip your fingernails for the best experience, bring your creative spirit and get ready to play-in-clay.
*** Note: Please reserve a place for the preparation of instructors and materials.