LC Ceramics is located in Bat Trang, an ancient traditional pottery village of Hanoi, Vietnam. LC Ceramics is well-known and their ceramics are highly prized for their excellence, fineness, sophistication and elegance for over 700 years. Their work ranges from ancient traditional design to modern contemporary ceramics. The workshop is now run by Nguyen Van Loi, the 8th generation grandson of the legendary Nguyen Thanh Chau, who was decreed as a ‘Living National Treasure’ by the King Le in 1737.
Loi is an innovative and exceptional artist who was awarded the "Golden Hand Ceramicist" in 1987 and again in 1999 by the Vietnam Handicraft Corporation and Alliance. Loi and his wife, Pham Thi Minh Chau, are well-known for their creative work which is part of many public and private collections domestically and overseas. Their expertise is regarded worldwide and the pair has been invited to many collaborative workshops with international ceramic artists. They have held exhibitions in England, Australia, America, France, Japan and their work is frequently documented in the local media.
Chau studied ceramics from 1976 to 1981 at the National Art University of Hanoi. As a designer-maker of ceramics she was awarded the "Golden VCCI Ceramicist" in 2006 by the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and Vietnam Handcraft Corporation & Alliance, and the "Best Woman Ceramic Owner" by Gia Lam Province City Office in 2005. In 1997, the Prime Minister of Vietnam certified LC Ceramics as the "Highest Quality Product Ceramicist" and till date both, Loi and Chau, continue to win many prestigious awards.