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Of Muds and Breads: Sagada Pottery

When I was a little girl, I would pick gumamela flowers and leaves and mix it with water, grind it, wishing it will create bubbles soon. It’s a simple formula that could bring me little bursts of joy.

The bubbles floating in the air give my eyes the wrinkles on the sides each time I smile. It’s a careful deed, a project made with hopes of creating something beautiful out of the ordinary. It’s all fun and play. A happy memory, indeed.

Trying out pottery, however, is an entirely different case.

The clays and dreams of creating something out of nothing is a wonderful feeling but it takes a lot of hard work, skills, and dedication to produce a pot, or even a cup, that wouldn’t crumble by mere wrong pressure you give.

Last December, I set foot in Sagada again and the Sagada Pottery is included in our places to visit. Little girl Shayne would have been happy for not losing the enthusiasm to try things. But the adult in me knows better –when to go for it or just appreciate it from a distance.

Pottery belongs to the latter.

Four years ago I’ve tried pottery making in the rustic town of Vigan. The experience taught me that pottery is not just for play. It is a serious craft.

Sagada Pottery is no different.

From little cups, to delicate vase figures, to weird faces carved in pots, all of which will end up in museums or in buildings and houses one day, up to the ruined clays gathered on the floor –everything breathes of rich culture in a place wherein pottery is not a main source of income. But it thrives, definitely it thrives.

We watched how a vase was made right before us. It looks fun and easy but of course it’s not. So I ended up eating an unexpected homemade chocolate wheat bread they sell in the pottery house. Who would expect a bread in a pottery house? But it is good, so good I even bought some to bring home to Manila for my Lola. Unfortunately though, it didn’t last that long! I munched on it by night when we went camping at Mt. Kiltepan. Oops!

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The breads are for P25 each and the trying of actual pottery making is at P100 per head. Viewing the process of pottery, by individual or by group, is at P100. Souvenirs are priced at P300 and up.

Sagada Pottery
Sagada-Besao Rd, Sagada
Contact Nos.: 09196719875 / 0999-422-2003

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