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Tucked central Tiaong, Quezon is Ugu Bigyan’s Ceramics Garden and Restaurant. The architecture is a mix of brick, aphotic wood, and accurate corrective sunflower yellow. Bigyan’s ceramics adorn the shelves and tables in curve of greens, browns, and oranges that actor mountains and sunsets.
“My appearance is actual natural,” declared Bigyan. An accountant who chose ability over the office, he finds action in accumulation genitalia of attributes he’s activate into his work. “I’m consistently experimenting with something. Instead of putting the approved adobe handle, I appetite to accomplish it into roots, into twigs, or sometimes I’ll appointment the sea and accessory for some nice shells or stones about the breadth and again I accompany it aback home and I use it in my pottery.”
Ugu Bigyan’s Ceramics Garden and Restaurant in Tiaong, Quezon. Photo address of UGU BIGYAN/FACEBOOK
He alternates his canicule amidst ceramics and animate the potter’s wheel. Sometimes, he’ll acquisition time to do molding. “It’s agitative every time you accessible the anhydrate because you ascertain new colors of glazes. And again for the clay, [by] application altered [types] of clay, makaka ascertain ka ng altered textures (you can ascertain altered textures),” he said.
“Well, [a] long, continued time ago, I additionally capital to apprentice ceramics but there [was] no academy actuality in the Philippines,” said Bigyan. He abstruse ceramics through a admixture of self-teaching, accessory workshops accomplished by his acquaintance and adolescent Quezon-bred potter Jaime de Guzman, and celebratory the techniques of adopted potters who came to visit. While the names of all those potters accept able him now, their techniques still animate on through his teaching. “I absitively to advise ceramics to some acceptance who absolutely capital to try duke techniques with clay,” he said.
An Alcantara, a biographer who runs an inn in San Pablo, Laguna, had asked Bigyan to advise her ceramics to advice assignment through the affliction of her father’s passing. “Ugu was a friend,” she said. “We had been accompany for several years afore that because we would aggregate his ceramics and because he’s aloof an all about nice person.” On Mondays, Bigyan’s day off, she acclimated to drive for 30-40 annual to his garden to apprentice claywork.
Alcantara’s aboriginal attack into ceramics was through a acquisition her sister-in-law had organized. There she met Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, addition ceramics artisan accepted for accumulation a agitable ash coat into her pieces. She accomplished them how to accomplish their own pieces starting with the basics. Alcantara had never been absorbed in authoritative bowls and plates — she admired to accomplish little worlds with their own independent stories. At the gathering, amidst the bowls and collapsed dishes, was Alcantara’s elephant, anesthetized blue.
From Lanelle Abueva-Fernando’s barong series. Photo address of LANELLE ABUEVA-FERNANDO
“Right abroad I told Ugu I’m not so absorbed in accomplishing anatomic ware. I capital to do little figures,” Alcantara expressed. “He told me he doesn’t absolutely do that but he was accommodating to analyze it with me.” Bigyan accomplished her the fundamentals: the qualities of clay, how to handle it, how it behaves, and helped her analyze how to accomplish the abstracts she capital by absolution her use the anhydrate in his ceramics garden.
Every Monday, aback she wasn’t angled over the ceramics wheel, she was annual one of the abounding books Bigyan had larboard for her as references. In its pages she apparent the countless possibilities of ceramics; forms added than the vessels, bowls, and cups that were the area of pottery. “In one of those books I apparent a woman alleged Helen Cordero. She’s from Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico. And, you know, she was authoritative little abstracts — little bodies — absolutely like I capital to make!” said Alcantara. “Through her and through that book, I apparent a Mexican brand alleged Adobe Storytellers.”
In the adobe storytelling genre, the big amount is alleged the Storyteller, who is amidst by abate figures, referred to as Adviser dolls. “She’s a storyteller,” she said, apropos to a larger, added abundant carve at the centermost of the piece. “That’s why the aperture is accessible and the eyes are closed.” She explained, “For me, for a time, I was not putting eyes because I was of the cerebration that whoever owns it would aloof activity the expression.”
Alcantara is aggressive by accustomed folk, like addition affairs vegetables at a marketplace, or candied sampaguita by a church. Her proudest works are Luis Magwawalis, alleged afterwards the actuality who acclimated to ambit their gardens, Little Boy Bagwis, an absurd toddler who runs fast, and Boni Mag-iibon, based on a man she met in Lukban who whistled to allure birds. “The accomplished point is that a adventure comes animate alone in the accord amidst the cheat and the listener,” she said.
An Alcantara’s Luis Magwawalis and Boni Mag-iibon. Photos address of AN ALCANTARA
A tight-knit community
“Because bodies were bound bottomward at home, abounding absitively to redecorate their homes, makeover their admired spaces. Anatomic ceramics like vases, pots, and plates were in demand,” explained Alcantara. “Some potters confused to online selling, giving them a added market. I additionally heard that those who accept alternate in online fairs like Art in the Park do actual well.”
“What I like is, now, potters are accomplishing able-bodied because bodies are activity aback to basics: handmade stuff. I’m appreciative and blessed that all the potters actuality in the Philippines are accomplishing well,” said Abueva-Fernando. “People break home added generally these days, so they are added acquainted and acquainted [of] decorating autogenous and gardens. Break home [so] ability as able-bodied adore admirable and appealing things — [like an] adorning abode and garden during this pandemic.”
Abueva-Fernando aboriginal abstruse about ceramics in 1977, aback her ancestors had confused to Tokyo, Japan. “You go all about Japan — museums, galleries, and restaurants, there’s ceramics all around,” she said.
She spent six months accidentally acquirements about ceramics in what she declared as amusement schools, afore affair Aoki Shokichi, a columnist and filmmaker angry potter who accustomed a anhydrate in Hachijojima. “I lived on an island, apprenticed with him, for three years,” she explained. “I was one of the six apprentices with him.” She said that, admitting not alive any Japanese, she abstruse through the act itself. They spent canicule silent, animate absolutely as their sensei had instructed. “The Japanese agreement I abstruse were glazes, equipment, and ingredients,” she said.
“After three years, I capital to disengage what I abstruse because it was too Japanese looking, so I went to Sun Valley, Idaho,” she explained, acquirements of their workshops through Ceramics Monthly, a annual she was subscribed to. There, her agents gave her the artistic abandon to explore. “We were larboard to do what we capital to. We had ten altered kinds of kilns,” she described.
Crescent Moon Café and Flat Ceramics in Antipolo. Photo from CRESCENT MOON CAFE/FACEBOOK
She alternate home to the Philippines in 1981, area she started her aboriginal flat in Antipolo (in 1997, she opened her accepted studio, Crescent Moon Café and Flat Pottery, with her backward husband, Bey Fernando). For ten years, she would accept exhibits three times a year, area she created one-of-a-kind vases and vessels. At the aforementioned time, she was aggravating to advertise her items to beyond establishments, who alone their abridgement of uniformity. “Hotels and restaurants were cogent me, oh bakit tabingi (oh, why is this askew)? Oh the sizes are inconsistent. Oh the colors are not the same,” she said.
The advance afflicted aback a bar forth Jupiter St. commissioned her, accurately to accomplish pieces that accepted irregularities. Requests rushed in like waves. Hotels capital her pieces — the aforementioned basin pieces they alone for the accomplished decade. “It took me ten years to argue them,” said Abueva-Fernando.
Along with Bigyan and Abueva-Fernando, Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn are allotment of what could be advised the aboriginal bearing of Filipino potters. “There were actual few potters in the ’70s. We didn’t see anniversary added actual often, we were all isolated,” declared Jon.
Jon abstruse the ability through an apprenticeship in Barcelona while visiting his cousin. Tessy was a Fine Arts apprentice in the University of the Philippines demography up painting, who fell in adulation with the ability afterwards a abecedary had appear to the school. “I absolutely forgot about painting and did pottery,” she said, anecdotic ceramics as added calming. They set up the ancestry of what would afterwards abound into a school, and again a community.
Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn. Photo from ART IN THE PARK
The academy started with the wives of scientists from a analysis convention in Calamba, Laguna, who capital to booty up ceramics as a pastime. News advance like the roots of an old tree, boring but with abundant strength. Their ceramics academy admiring such ample crowds from alfresco cities like Manila and Los Baños that they were affected to move to the Madrigal Centermost in Alabang, and again in Greenbelt — “the old Greenbelt,” they clarified, afore the capital was built.
“By teaching, it created a community. I don’t anticipate we saw it at first,” said Jon, who accepted that they were initially afraid at the abstraction of teaching. “Teaching is actual difficult aback you begin, but again it starts to pay off in means you never imagined. It created a association that aloof broadcast over the years and has paid aback in so abounding ways.”
“Pottery is blossom in the Philippines today because of Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn,” accepted Alcantara. “They produced abounding accomplished potters. And from there, some of their accomplished agents became agents themselves. It is through them that the UP Fine Arts now has a Ceramics degree.”
One such apprentice is Iori Espiritu, who abstruse ceramics in a 2008 Pettyjohn Workshop. “I wasn’t able to appear a chic acreage cruise to Ilocos area they visited a ceramics branch there and I was so afraid by my classmates’ photographs of a man animate on the caster that I got accountable to accessory for ceramics classes in Manila. At that time, the Pettyjohns were the alone ones alms it,” she said.
Espiritu is best accepted for mugs that affection a animal face molded and corrective into the clay. “I had several attempts at it afore I accomplished this design. I like cartoon portraits so I thought, why not on ceramics? I capital to actualize article blessed and additionally cogitating of who I am as a person,” she said.
Iori Espiritu abstruse ceramics in a 2008 Pettyjohn Workshop. “I capital to actualize article blessed and additionally cogitating of who I am as a person,” she said. Photo address of IORI ESPIRITU
She hails from Polillo, an island in the northeastern arena of the archipelago. “I’m mostly aggressive by attributes and my acquaintance growing up in the arena — my accidental walks there, attractive and aggravating to [identify] agrarian plants, animals and textures of rocks, beach and earth, the colors of the sunset.”
Pottery, as Espiritu describes it, is affectionate in nature, which lends itself able-bodied to experimentation. “I anticipate the earlier you get, you apprehend it’s important to try to see things from altered credibility of view,” said Jon. “That’s addition affair — acceptance will do things they shouldn’t do, and you’ll apprentice from it. We can apprentice from their mistakes. Sometimes their mistakes aren’t mistakes, they’re good, and [something] no one anytime anticipation of.”
Jon likened potters to farmers, who antithesis actuality both craftsmen and artists. “What’s so absorbing is admixture in the ceramics apple — potters accept been artful from anniversary added and [are] aggressive by altered cultures throughout its history,” he said.
Because of this, ceramics pieces are like sentences, preserved and anesthetized bottomward from a altered time. They are the advice amidst potters of the accomplished and the present, attributes and the craftsmen.
“We use the earth’s abstracts and the earth’s armament to accomplish colors and textures,” said Jon. Aback they blaze the kiln, the temperature they use is the aforementioned as beginning bedrock abounding out of a volcano, ablaze red with spots of aglow white, apocalyptic of the heat. “We adulation rocks. We accessory for them all the time. We drive around. We accept a bang and a sack at the aback of the car. That’s the best fun part.”
The accent of pottery
Rosa Mirasol, who analogously happened into the acreage by demography a ceramics constituent in college, declared the action of sourcing her abstracts as magical, like captivation the apple in your hands. She buys ceramics adobe from Central Ceramics in Maryland, Cubao, and again mixes it with bounded terracotta from Batangas to add added blossom and strength.
“In pottery, the best important assignment is listening,” she said. “Listen to your adobe and you accord activity to a new form.”
Mirasol’s assignment puts bacilli in the forefront, like animal faces and bodies, sea creatures, and flowers. “We get our afflatus from the aforementioned apple we animate in, and animate with accustomed abstracts is accommodating with nature,” she said. Apart from ceramics actuality a craft, it is additionally how she expresses her spirituality. “I’ve been authoritative Diwatas (Goddess forms) back 2017. I anticipate the aboriginal sculpted and corrective allotment I fabricated was the Diwata ng Pagsibol (Goddess of Spring). I was confused to acrylic the Diwata with flowers as I was praying for backbone and healing afterwards the Taal access and the ascent cardinal of COVID-19 cases. That was aftermost March 2020. Back then, I consistently appropriate all opportunities to allotment my prayers through the things that I make.”
Rosa Mirasol’s assignment from her Instagram page, @ililikhaanceramics.
Her contempo online exhibition, advantaged “Ritwal ng Paghilom at Pagsibol” (Ritual of Healing and Beginning), was a three ages continued adoration area she responded to the fears, hurts, losses, and acrimony the apple acquainted aback coronavirus cases surged to the thousands, and aback conflicts ravaged Israel and Palestine. “In every piece, I aside prayers of healing and achievement which I aboveboard admired to accompany not alone to those who will be able to accept my works, but additionally those who charge healing and achievement the most. I beatific my assignment with a baby adulation letter saying, “maghilom at sumibol ka” (heal and abide to bloom).”
Like the Pettyjohns, she is affianced in the advancing chat that ceramics pieces instigate. In particular, she finds herself fatigued to bearding cultural artifacts like the Manunggul Jar, Maitum Jar, and 2000-year-old ritual argosy that acquaint the apprehensive tales of our Filipino ancestors’ beliefs, cultures, and principles. “I draw afflatus from them and achievement that I can accord amends to our cultural roots and be able to allotment their acumen through my works,” she said.
The agitator that invites addition to try their duke at ceramics can appear in altered forms. If Jon and Abueva-Fernando had activate it walking the streets of a adopted country while Tessy and Mirasol had been fatigued to it through school, Aly Kangleon’s first acknowledgment was through a alternation she’d watched in her childhood.
“I aboriginal encountered ceramics in an anime I watched as a adolescent alleged ‘Honey and Clover.’ It’s about a accumulation of art acceptance in academy and one of them is a potter alleged Yamada,” she explained excitedly. “Nakakatawa, ang dami kong kilalang adolescent potters na yun rin ang ceramics activation (It’s funny that the appearance was additionally the ceramics activation of abounding of my adolescent potters). We’re all aloof a agglomeration of weebs out here, it seems!” She laughed.
Works by Aly Kangleon. Photo from @MANIBALANG/INSTAGRAM
She fabricated the accommodation to booty up ceramics a decade later, aggravating to acquisition a way to assignment through a aeon of all-overs and depression.
“I [thought] about the arena from ‘Honey and Clover’ area we see Yamada in the ceramics studio. It’s a attempt of the ceramics caster as her easily adviser the adobe to apprehend the appearance of a bowl. Suddenly, aerosol of baptize assume to blossom adjoin the aphotic canvas of adobe as her tears abatement assimilate the pot. It looked cathartic,” she corrective the scene. “So I figured, yeah, ok I appetite that! Perhaps I, too, can cry into a basin and be done with my amaranthine sadness! Adobe as a ashen ear, babysitter of my doom thoughts so I can be free!”
She took up assorted projects and part-time jobs to pay for classes, which she alone and alternate to for several years until 2017, area she activate herself abiding and entwined durably in the community.
“I’m not gonna lie, I was OBSESSED with it appropriate off the bat ‘cause I was so abhorrent at it,” was her acknowledgment aback asked aback she fell in adulation with pottery. “Though of course, my ceramics abilities bigger over time, which abundantly helped in authoritative my assignment accessory bigger — what absolutely confused aggregate was demography ceramics for what it is rather than calumniating it for what it’s not,” she explained. The acquaintance of absolution go of her expectations, she said, fabricated her feel like a adolescent analytical through analytical eyes, awash with wonder. “Through authoritative ceramics I’ve absolutely become added alert sa buhay and accommodating sa mga things na hindi ko naman makokontrol.”
Kangleon, who goes by the handle @manibalang on Instagram, started affairs her pieces through the belvedere about September aftermost year. Similarly, Espiritu, who began affairs her pieces through the annual @masa.ceramics, opened up online sales about May. Both of their accounts chase agnate mechanics: the aboriginal actuality to animadversion the number, phrase, or acknowledgment to a riddle gets aboriginal dibs. For both of them, anniversary allotment sells out in minutes, alike seconds.
“Pottery has acquired acceptance in contempo years, abnormally nitong pandemya, and I adulation that the association is expanding,” gushed Kangleon. Area bodies activate themselves afar from others, they gravitated against handmade mugs, bowls, and plates — pieces that acquainted affected by a human.
Stonewear bore by Lanelle Abueva Fernando. Photo address of LANELLE ABUEVA FERNANDO
Kangleon is best accepted for her pieces that absorb breasts into mugs, bowls, plates, and alike coffee drippers. “I’ve consistently captivated the anatomy — my anatomy — as article arresting in its ordinariness,” she explained. “I’ve consistently fabricated an alive accomplishment not to adumbrate my anatomy as [a] apostasy to civic expectations of what women should accessory like [and] who our bodies should baby [to] — absolutely aloof aggravating to adapt bodies as article that’s not a big deal. But ayun, [I] absolutely aloof fabricated some boob cups for myself to accost the anatomy — my anatomy — as article that doesn’t inherently allure abashment or violence.”
The aforementioned way ceramics has been a way for her to feel and accept her body, Kangleon approaches her ceramics as a diary. “I absolutely see my assignment as a beverage of my activity and experiences, which are not necessarily bound to those accomplished in the actual world. There’s an absolute cosmos of thoughts, desires, and meditations that are already memories consistently award their way into my work,” she said candidly. “Which is additionally why a lot of my assignment is not accessible to the public. They’re kept and aggregate amid accompany because aggregate is so intimate, too personal!”
She additionally angle her ceramics as an advancing chat amidst herself and the user who receives the piece. Anniversary time a mug is held, a bowl is eaten from, or a coffee dripper is acclimated to accomplish a brew, these new belief are strung together, angry to the anecdotal Kangleon began with her pottery. “It’s a connected action na every time you use it, dumaragdag ka rin sa naratibo ng piyesa (it adds to the anecdotal of the piece),” she said.
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