Day 1 - Ceramics


Vietnam - Visite d'un fabrique de céramiques à Dong Trieu - Ceramic Factory in Dong Trieu - video from Fenotte on Vimeo.

Today we went to the Hong Ngoc Art Painting Workshop which sold ceramic and marble figurines and painted and stitched fine art pieces. When we arrived there we were greeted by a very pretty lady who was our guide through the factory. First we saw the workers at work, sowed the art pieces together. We were told that 60% of these workers were disabled and mainly deaf or dumb. The other 40% have no family. The local government has helped these people find a job, which is currently in this business. As these people are disabled and homeless, they are commission based, food and lodging are provided for by the company itself. Next we saw how the people made the ceramic figurines.We spotted them in action smoothening the surface of the figurines.

We also visited the Dong Trieu Ceramic factory after another bus ride.They showed us how the ceramic products were made and we they also showed us how a mould was made.We were led into a warehouse filled with various different flower pots,tea cups,plates and various other products.They then led us into the shop which had an assorted selection of different pottery and

24 comments:

  1. Finally understood how difficult it is to make ceramics, learnt that making ceramics is really difficult and takes a really long time , starting to appreciate art .When I saw the coffee machine Vietnam people use I bought one for my mother ,wondering what to get for the rest of the family .Mr Chua even helped me bargain and helped me save an extra singapore dollar.Even received a mystery present from the company ,still have not opened it.All in all I think i learnt quite a bit from the visit to the ceramic farm

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  2. Process of making ceramics is harder than you think requiring delicate processes and patience. Time taken to make them are long and crafting them also takes more time.
    I believe this kind of business can be done in Singapore but import costs of raw materials for ceramics would cost heavily since Singapore does not have mountains and land area for them. There is a demand for ceramic pottery etc. for decorations and if the ceramic product is fine enough, it would definitely make a lot of money.

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  3. It was interesting to see a lot statues when we drive to see the ceramics store surrounding the road. Not only was it very good, it was also hand-made, so fascinating to see people at Vietnam still having good craftsman ship surprises me. I learnt that over time the did it slowly and steady to have patience.

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  4. The process of making ceramic is hard which requires patience and detail.I think this business will have a lot of profit in it. This can be done in Singapore.But the demand of ceramic in Singapore is not as high as Vietnam.I was surprised at how much craftsmanship they had.

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  5. The construction of Ceramics takes a measurable amount of patience and perfection .The demand in Vietnam is there thus it is profitable in Vietnam but not in Singapore

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  6. ­ They company made beautiful vases and other ceramic art pieces. They took a lot of time to
    make each one. A vase took a whole month to paint. They work hard each day just to make a
    perfect piece

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  8. This was the pottery workshop, where we learnt about plenty of new information in Vietnam. The pottery work was serious business, they hand made each and every pottery item, from making the mixture, drying the cast and moulding the pottery. Really find these people amazing. I do wander why they wouldn’t automate some processes though.

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  9. Making the ceramic product is time consuming,and the demand for ceramics in Vietnam.All of them are very delicately made and are very beautiful.The workers there also weave paintings instead of painting it,which not only makes the colour less easy to fade away but also takes much longer to make.

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  10. We learnt about the steps to making ceramic pots. From the art drawn into the pot, it is evident that a lot of effort was put in to make the vases and pots. It requires a lot of patience and this can be done in Singapore, but i do not think the demand will be high with the limited spaces in HDB flats

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  11. Chan - Tien - My co.
    Makes all kinds of art
    - Make an art piece not by painting but by using silk to make the art piece.
    - They sell and ship it to all parts of the world
    - Sculpturing of monuments
    - Sell clothing

    Employees only can have a leave for times a month
    They work for 7 hours a day
    They live at the nearby house, just like a boarding school
    They only can eat at the provided food or the nearby food stall right outside
    The number of same sculptures they make depends on the popularity of a piece
    These workers are handicapped in one way or another and do not have job to sustain their lives, they are given training and afterwards would work for this company.

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  12. The process of making ceramics takes a lot of work and time. However, hand made ceramics are especially unique and cannot be copied in any other way. The workers used lots of complicated process to make the ceramic look more vibrant and smooth.

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  13. I didn't know how many steps it takes to make the clay for the clay ceramics and how long it takes to make it. After the trip, I learned to appreciate the art of ceramics.

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  14. The process takes a lot of time and work as while waiting for some ceramic items to dry, they would make more and the other people will then have to do the other jobs. These ceramics are also very unique, which can make all these products quite expensive.

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  15. We learnt how each pot was made and how long it took to make it. The people there were hardworking. However, I think that they should spend money on machinery to make the process faster

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  17. We saw how the pottery were being made. When we went to the shop selling their products, we saw all the intriguing patterns and artwork on the products. The guide from Dong Trieu Ceramic Workshop and Factory told us that they were all hand drawn. Admirable.

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  18. We learned about the process of making pottery and learnt the steps on how to make a good pottery product.

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  19. It was interesting to see how creativity could be expressed int the sculptures and we learned a lot about pottery. It is a very tedious process and takes a lot of passion and patience.

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  20. i learnt the steps of making the ceramic art work and also it is time consuming. In the past , it take 2 person(one to roll the wheel , one to shape the ceramic) but now , with the help of technology , one person will b good enough for the job. Also , in the past they use coal to burn and warm the ceramic and the temperature can be too high and the ceramic might crack and be thrown away but now , with the help of technology , they can set to the right temperature.

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  21. After the trip to the ceramic workshop, I learned that making ceramic products take time to produce a finished product. I find it very amazing that they can make a big number of of ceramic products in a short time span.

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  22. The making of ceramic is hard and takes time. Through the making i can see how hard they work to earn money for their families. Their final work are really one of a kind and are very intricate.

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  23. I learnt that some pieces of art are not so easy as what we think to make and simple pieces of art such as the vase, cup, kettle contains many intricate designs on it that makes it hard to make. This Workshop we went shows that the Disabled are also talented in other means even though they are disabled and they are still make a living.

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  24. I realised that ceramics take a lot of hard work and patience and that the workers are willing to work no matter the fact they are only allowed very little time to spent with their families. Which is why there have no room for error when creating ceramics, they want it to be perfect and attractive

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