When we think about ceramics, the movie Ghost comes into mind. That romantic pottery scene of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze is one of the most romantic and sensual movie scenes ever.
Ceramics making is an art that has been around for thousands of years, dating back to 29,000–25,000 BC. It is the process of forming ceramic materials into different shapes at high temperatures to achieve desired form and durability. It is also said to be one of the earliest human inventions of art and design. However, as technology advances, pottery making is slowly becoming a forgotten art.
Gladly, there are still ceramics schools that offer ceramic-making lessons in the Philippines. Whether you are considering getting into ceramics making, a collector, or simply exploring some new techniques to enhance your skills, these studios below can surely help you:
1. Tahanan Pottery Shop
This shop and school offer pottery and clay sculpture workshops for all ages. Classes offered include basic wheel class, pottery for kids, hand-building both for functional and sculptural. Services such as studio use, kiln rental, clay sale, and fire services are also available. Location: Timog Ave, Cor Sct., Tuazon, Quezon City, Philippines 1103, Contact/Mobile Number: 0917 127 7207
2. Clay Ave Zambales
If you want to get away from the bustle and chaos of the big city, then this is the shop that is worth a visit. Clay Ave relocated to San Narciso, Zambales, which is famous for its beaches. Not only can you relax, breathe fresh air, but also reconnect to Mother Earth through Clay Ave’s pottery lessons.
Location: Barangay La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales, Contact/Mobile Number: 0999 324 2188
3. PCFA Ceramics Studio
The UP College of Fine Arts offers seasonal Basic Wheel Pottery and Hand-building ceramic art workshops. You can visit their FB page for workshop schedules or you reach them through the contact number listed below. Location: UP College of Fine Arts, E. Jacinto St., Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines Contact Number: (02) 981-8732
4. Craft MNL
If you want to one Earth, get cool and creative, then you might want to try the basic pottery workshop offered by Craft MNL. Private sessions and other workshops are also on offer. You can check their workshop schedules through their official website. Hurry and let your creative juices flow. Location: Unit 302, Pasay Road Condominium (Pamana-Languages Building), 926 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati. Contact Number: 744 5509
5. Hey Kessey Pottery Studio
True to its commitment to promote arts and crafts, Hey Kessey offers a basic pottery workshop which is perfect for beginners. And the good news is – children from 10 years old are accepted in their pottery workshop. Enrolling in their pottery lessons will not only give you therapeutic benefits but is a great way to bond with your kids, nephews/nieces. Location: Level 2, Phase 2, Urban Turf, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue Quezon City, Philippines 1108 Contact/Mobile Number: 0917 644 9632
6. Cornerstone Pottery Farm
For a quick escape from your busy life, head on to Cornerstone Pottery farm and learn the basics of pottery making. Not only will you appreciate the beauty of ceramics making, but also the peace and quiet of their location. Contact Cornerstone Pottery Farm now and who knows your creation might be showcased in their store alongside their world-class handmade stoneware. Location: Balubad 1st Rd, Silang, Cavite, Philippines Contact Number/s: 09328516444 / 09199952022
7. Magis Creative Spaces
Whether you are exploring your creative side, reducing stress, or simply want to enjoy a productive yet relaxing time, then enroll in their pottery-making sessions for adults and kids. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or expanding your knowledge because there is something for everyone. Get in touch with Magis Creative Spaces and learn from the UK-educated teacher Adi Santos. Location: 111 Cordillera Street, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines Contact Numbers: +63 2 850 4852 loc. 220 / +63 927 950 5745
8. Ugu Bigyan Potter’s Garden
August “Ugu” Bigyan is a world-famous potter who creates his masterpieces in his beautifully landscaped garden in Tiaong, Quezon. If nature makes you happy and wants to express your creativity, then contact Ubu Bigyan via the information below: Location: National Highway, Barangay Lusacan, Tiaong, Quezon 4325 Contact Number: (042) 545 9144
9. Lanelle Abueva – Fernando Studio Pottery
Admire the food and the one-of-a-kind masterpieces in this studio in Antipolo. Be one of their students in stoneware hand building, and be relieved of your worries. Location: Ascencion Road, Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City, Philippines. Contact Number: (02) 630 5854
10. Petty John Pottery Workshop
Learn the fundamentals of pottery making from the experts: Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn. This pottery school has been in the industry for decades, educating young and old students, from beginners to those who are continuing to master their technique and skills. Location: 915 Manila S Rd., Calamba, Laguna, Contact Number: 0917 896 5491
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