Vietnam still make pots by hand using time old traditions.Vietnam is famous for making red/orange/brownie coloured terracotta pots down in the Mekong Delta, which is a few hours out of Saigon. The craftsman can turn a bit of clay into a master piece. The pots are fired using big bee hive shaped kilns which use Rice husks as fuel for the kilns.
The process starts with craftsmen making a negative blank from Plaster of Paris, this blank is carved then more Plaster of Paris is poured over the blank to make the mould (the pattern is then on the inside of the mould).
The moulds are split in two and big rubber bands are used to hold them together.
Another big pot with 1/2 the mould removed.
The mould has been removed, the pot is left to dry before firing.
Beehive Kilns down on the Mekong. This style of kiln has been used for hundreds of years.
Traditional Mekong Terracotta, you can tell by the colour the red/orange. The colour varies depending where the pot was in the Kiln, i.e. close to the fire it will be darker and further away it will be lighter.
By combining dark and light coloured clay and adding a few etchings, the look of the pot can be quite different.