Most Vietnamese ceramics created after the era of Chinese domination were influenced by Chinese art. In time, these porcelain works evolved into something distinctly Vietnamese. Vietnam now produces high quality ceramic household items, from teapots to large bowls. Often cobalt blue and white, but available in a variety of colours, pieces can be used decoratively and functionally. In HCMC a tea set with tray costs about VND250,000.
Popular due to its informal design, flowing lines and animal themes, Vietnamese ceramics are highly prized and make fantastic gifts. Merging indigenous and Chinese aspects, Vietnamese potters also borrowed from India, Champa and Cambodia to create unique glazed, hand painted, terracotta and ironstone pieces. Vietnamese porcelain and ceramics such as jars, bowls, vases and plates are widely available for purchase throughout Ho Chi Minh City.