The Lao Handicraft Association is planning to support new Lao pottery products being made in Vientiane this year which it hopes will attract both local and visiting customers.
Currently the Lao Handicraft Association does manufacture some pottery including jars, mortars, and vases to fill those customer’s needs who order the products directly from the Association.
President of the Lao Handicraft Association Mr Hansana Sisane said that currently Lao people are not interested in jars, mortars and vases anymore.
Mr Hansana believes that customers are interested in pottery products like plates, cups, spoons and other utensils made by Lao people.
“So, we will use raw materials found in Laos like clay and others to produce pottery products here and of course these will also be made by Lao people’s skills.” He said.
The Handicraft Association will also look to local markets in Vientiane for inspiration before creating any of the new pottery products.
In October and November of this year, the Lao Handicraft Association plans to hold an exhibition of the new products of pottery made in Laos at Lao-ITECC. The Handicraft Association will invite customers from shops, hotels, and restaurants from around the city to attend the exhibition.
During the exhibition, customers will be able to browse both old and new products.
In the future the Lao Handicraft Association hopes it will be able to expand these new products into other provinces especially if they see an increased customer interest in them.
The Lao Handicraft Association and the Vocational Technical Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Sports will also hold a pottery training course at the Santiphone Pottery Factory from August 2 to September 2.
The training course is supported by the Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project being implemented by the department.
Source: Vientiane Times