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CHARMING CHAM POTTER

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
In the same village (Bau Truc) as the photo of the sculptor up-loaded yesterday, a short distance away there is a potterís workshop. The clay comes from the banks of the Quao River, and is mixed with fine clean sand. It is very flexible and is placed on an anvil or a big jar turned upside down as the Cham potters shape their wares by hand rather than using a wheel. The pot is created using some rudimentary tools. Each decoration and pattern is unique to the Cham people and follows a long tradition.

The young woman in the picture is turning around the pot to shape it. For the neck, she put a piece of bamboo in the pot and put strip of clay around the bamboo. When she has finished shaping the pot, itís left to dry and one of the other women in the workshop will put the finishing touch using some rudimentary tools. All the decorations are passed down from one generation to the next.

The atmosphere in the workshop was very relaxed and welcoming. They work long hours like everyone in Vietnam and receive a very small wage (many workers live on about $50 a day).

I always appreciate the comments you wrote on my previous up-loads. Thank you.

Hoping those charming Cham women will be of interest. Thank you for stopping by (f9 1/30th sec zoom at 62mm ISO 1600 (hence the grain).

Have a nice evening,
Jean-NoŽl

Tags: Photo journalism Potter Clay Landscape and travel Portraits and people Cham ethnic minority Bau truc pottery village Phan rang phuoc dan commune Ninh phuoc district Ninh thuan province Traditional pottery

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Comments


bombebit 11 22 Denmark
8 Jul 2008 6:57PM
great reportage...

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DolphinLady 13 54 1 Wales
8 Jul 2008 6:58PM
These are really fasinating images seeing the ladies at work like this.
No modern factories for them....
Hilary
bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 7:37PM
What superb images and reporting

John
Gaucho 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 7:53PM
Your work is at least as fascinating as theirs J-N!
Malcolm
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
8 Jul 2008 7:58PM
Great educational serie

Peter
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
8 Jul 2008 8:07PM
Some good low-light photography
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
8 Jul 2008 8:26PM
Great environmental portraiture using available lights. Excellent work JNC
Dennis
GalleryGirl 11 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 8:32PM
Wonderful series.
Marilyn x
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 8:39PM
Love the feeling of cool shade in these pictures, away from the noise and strong light. Very calming.
Moira
norton 15 6 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 8:50PM
Brilliant set of images JNC,V6 is my fav,well captured...............

Tony.
microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 9:29PM
An interesting series Jean-Noel an insight to these hard working people.how does $50 equate to our money I wonder, All images well captured in this light,
Alan
8 Jul 2008 10:01PM
$50 = about £25
kanu 11 India
9 Jul 2008 5:22AM
a good series of shots, depicting the whole story.
Gezina 12 3 6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 3:18PM
Charming images of these very interesting people - they do look relaxed whilst working and you've captured that well, well worth a 30th vote Ina
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
9 Jul 2008 8:22PM
Fascinating insight to another world Jean. Ron.
9 Jul 2008 10:59PM
Thank you very much. I'm really chuffed with all your comments. Jean-NoŽl
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
11 Jul 2008 10:16PM
A fascinating series of these potters at work, just like epzer AlanBW you are so good at bringing these different cultures and people to life in your images

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