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Vietnam: “You can see the still life again in this shot taken in the Ceramic Village, and from the still life you can feel the action,” says van Eijk. “This place was making mainly vessels. I think it’s a kind of pot to store tea or herbs in, and I found them more interesting without the typical Vietnamese decoration painted on — this is when they’re not baked yet, just slipcast. I’m quite sure they’re used as functional objects, whereas when we make something by hand like this and sell it in a gallery, people place it in their house as an art object instead, even if it looks exactly the same. This place also did quite a lot with terracotta, which is often seen as a kind of cheap material, but if you use it in the right way it can be very beautiful. It has a nice, natural feeling.”