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HTML clipboard Bat Trang people are proud of their craft. It is an integral part of their life that they learn naturally like one learns a language, and they give it their life with passion and loyalty. Many potters have left their names in the annals of souvenir. not only because of their technical mastery, rigorous shaping or traditional secrets of firing, but more because of the spirit they have instilled to their art Free and calligraphic painting, accidental glaze effects, all features that characterize the freedom and individuality of Vietnamese traditional ceramics, have led the son of the former head of Hue museum to say, "Chinese pottery is good for the eyes; Vietnamese pottery is good for the heart". Nothing is truer It is the obvious easiness, natural talent, passion and warmth that touch the most in Vietnamese potters. Craftsman Le Van Cam is such a person.
 Among the long list of famous craftsmen that have built the reputation of Bat Trang, Le Van Cam, is known to many for his talent as well as for the contribution he made to Bat Trang village and to the Vietnamese ceramic craft in general. Born in 1930 in Cao Giang hamlet, Bat Trang village, he started to work as an apprentice when he was 13. Bound to a craftsman for three years, he learned his work by the capacity of a foreman. But this was only the first step for the expert craftsman he was to become. He set up a first ceramic production workshop in 1955, worked hard and then
 founded the Bat Trang ceramic co-operative in 1962, of which he became chairman between 1963 and 1982. He finally established his own workshop in 1982.
 "Learn from the facts and work with full passion", is the motto that has led Le Van Cam to the success he is reaping today. To him, no school is good enough to teach anyone the trade of craftsman. The potter must be creative, excel at his trade and constantly learn. He must be able to manufacture a complete product, from selecting and mixing the clay, mixing enamels, smoothing and decorating objects, building kilns and controlling fire. Like many in his case, Le Van Cam learned by doing. He worked and experimented by himself, watched others doing mid carried on learning. He is diligent in his study and accurate reproduction of ancient ceramic models. He is also now experimenting with new high-grade enamels. Le Van Cam's skilful hands mid creativity have given birth to sophisticated and unique pieces, contributing to the value and development of this traditional craft. His talents and dedication have been recognized and he was awarded the honorable title of the golden hands insignia in 1986. His reproduction of Mac's lamps was awarded silver insignia during the national art glass ceramics exhibition organized by the Central Handicraft Co-operative Association in 1988. In 1998, the Vietnamese Fine Arts Association awarded him with the "golden hands" title. He has participated in many domestic and international fairs.
 His dedication to the art and love for the ceramic craft have probably been one of the major factors that has contributed to the preservation mid development of Bat Trang village as an important centre of Vietnamese art and culture: A good example to learn from for today's craftsmen.
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