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Vietnamese couple run business of pebble paintings

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 15:34 GMT+7
Vietnamese couple run business of pebble paintings
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung and Ngo Quoc Vo showcase pebble paintings at their shop in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A couple in Ho Chi Minh City decided to switch their business of selling fish tanks to pebble paintings after seeing customers’ interest in decorative stones.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung and her husband Ngo Quoc Vo in Thu Duc City have been customizing pebble paintings to customers' orders for three years.

The pebbles used for paintings at the couple’s shop are natural cobblestones of various sizes.

A pebble painting starts with consulting customers for their orders before choosing suitable pebbles and creating the paintings as they wish.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung and Ngo Quoc Vo are selecting pebbles for paintings at their shop at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung and Ngo Quoc Vo are selecting pebbles for paintings at their shop at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

After finishing a painting, the shop will photograph it and send the photo to the customer and adjust the painting to the customer’s requests.

According to Vo, the hardest task to make a pebble painting is to work on natural pebbles with a rough surface.

An artist is working on a pebble’s surface before painting on it. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

An artist is working on a pebble’s surface before painting on it. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

His wife Nhung added that one of the most important steps is choosing the right pebble to work on.

“We carefully listen to customers’ stories to turn it into a soulful painting on the pebble,” Nhung shared.

“There were many special stories that we will remember forever,” Vo recalled, mentioning an order for a painting of two little feet as a gift for someone who had a miscarriage.

“For such requests, we always try to do our best so that the painting can deliver its emotional value.

“What makes us happiest is not selling a lot of paintings, but the emotional exchange between the painters and customers after listening to their stories."

Nhung and Vo’s shop Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art is located at 215E18 Nguyen Van Huong in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City.

A pebble painting at the shop fetches VND800,000-6 million. (US1 = VND22,865)

Besides pebble paintings, the shop also sells wooden paintings, bamboo thermos, and more.

A bridal painting on pebble at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A bridal painting on a pebble at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

An artist is creating a pebble painting from a photo provided by customer at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

An artist is creating a pebble painting from a photo provided by a customer at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Artists are working on pebble paintings at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Artists are working on pebble paintings at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Employees are packing pebble paintings at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Employees pack pebble paintings at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Paintings on pebbles and bamboo thermos are seen at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Paintings on pebbles and bamboo thermos are seen at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Paintings on display at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art at Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Paintings on display at Sỏi Nghệ Thuật - G.Art in Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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