Experts from Japan are helping traditional Vietnamese pottery makers use their age-old skills to make modern products at the Phuoc Tich pottery village in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
The project, launched by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), began on August 16.
The project's first stage, which ended August 18, trained Phuoc Tich village's 20 artisans to create new products while still using the area's traditional methods.
A major component of the program is a project to train Vietnamese artisans in the art of pottery restoration, beginning this December and lasting until March 2012.
The first products created and restored by the newly-trained artisans will be displayed at the Hue Festival 2012 in Hue Town, Vietnam's former imperial capital.
The activities are part of a JICA project titled "Promoting Self-sustainable Community Development in Vietnam through Heritage Tourism".