Tho Ha ancient village – The cradle of pottery

 

Tho Ha pottery craft developed in the 14th century and is one of the three oldest ceramic centers of the Vietnamese people, next to Phu Lang and Bat Trang. According to the genealogy of the craft village and the archaeological artifacts found, Tho Ha ancient village is one of the cradles of ceramics. The ancestor of Tho Ha pottery village is said to be Dr. Dao Tri Tien. He learned the craft of pottery on the way to Chinese porcelain and passed it on to the villagers. Tho Ha ancient village was a busy pottery trading port of Kinh Bac region. The flourishing of the pottery profession has helped people build a complex of majestic architecture of communal houses, pagodas, words, and whores.

To be able to create very durable products such as dark brown jars and eel skin, one has to buy clay from Choa in Yen Phong district, nearly 10 km away, or buy clay in Xuan Lai, about 10 km away. 12 km away and had to cross the river very hard. It is a kind of yellow clay, green clay, less grit and impurities, which is easy to shape and shape when fired at high temperature. Thanks to that, Tho Ha ancient village can create large products with a capacity of 400-500 liters.

Tho Ha pottery does not use glaze, is fired at high temperature to melt the glaze and become crockery, dark brown ceramic, bruised and bruised, knocking sound like steel on the ceramic, shards of pottery have sharp edges like knives. , liquid containers never seep through, solid solids filled tightly, never moldy. Pottery of Tho Ha ancient village for thousands of years does not lose color due to good firing technique.

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