Vietnamese potters combined their own native genius with elements derived from neighboring cultures, including Cambodia, Champa, India, and especially China. Yet their decorative motifs, glaze types, production methods, and perhaps even attitudes toward potting differed distinctly from those of China. Using the excellent clay of the Red River valley--smooth, homogeneous, gray-white--they created the most sophisticated ceramic tradition of Southeast Asia. The most definitive study on Vietnamese ceramics to date, this volume is the collaborative effort of experts from around the world, including Vietnam, Japan, England, France, and the United States. They discuss the history and development of Vietnamese ceramics, kiln sites discovered in Vietnam, and technical questions. John Guy (Victoria & Albert Museum, London) contributes essays on Vietnamese ceramics and cultural identity, and Vietnamese Ceramics in international trade. John Stevenson (Seattle Art Museum) explains the historical context and examines the ivory-glazed wares of the Ly and Tran dynasties. Louise Cort (Smithsonian Institution) analyzes Vietnamese ceramics in Japanese contexts, while Regina Krahl (British Museum) shares her expertise on Vietnamese blue-and-white and polychrome traditions. Asako Morimoto (Fukuoka Museum) describes the kilns of northern Vietnam. The book contains additional essays by Philippe Truong of the Louvre, Trian Nguyen of UC Berkeley, and Peter Lam of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lastly, Nguyen Dinh Chien of the Hanoi Historical Museum and John Guy address chronological issues and list dated and datable ancient Vietnamese ceramics.