10a Alabama Summer Arts & Crafts Fair

A year ago, I joined an arts and crafts fair in Manila. Read more about it on https://transformingclay.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/old-is-new/ This year, I decided to join again.

Crafters from around the tropical country, decide to bring their creations to an old house that is converted to a handmade haven, for people like me without a store, and shoppers who are looking for something unique.

It’s always good to join these fairs and meet people who are interested in what we create. People who know how hard we work for our passion: painting, jewelry, handmade dolls, perfume, ceramics, leather journals, upcycled furniture, etc.

The weather is terrible this summer, but it doesn’t stop us from packing our works, pricing them, and bringing them all to 10a Alabama. I left my apartment with my black trunk, my wooden stand by Resurrection, some photographs that I’ve printed, bayongs, white table and yellow chair. I am ready to meet people and hang out with other passionate artists and crafters.

Once we find our spot, we set up our table, chat with the other crafters, etc. What do we love the most? Finding items that you will NEVER see in malls, meeting people who want to buy them, and knowing that they are simply amazed by what we make with our own hands : )

In the afternoon, when 10a Alabama was starting to get packed, two musicians set up their spot for their number. I love the whole vibe in the backyard. Furniture by Resurrection were placed on random locations. You can sit anywhere, sit on the swing if you want to. It’s very laid back. A very relaxed environment to be in on a Sunday afternoon.

Not being able to shop in the mall (except for tiangges/flea markets that I love, love, love), going to an arts and crafts fair, will surely  make me spend some cash on works that are worth keeping. I am very happy to find some pieces that I’d love to call my own: suede journal, hand-stitched jute-sack-bags, crochet-covered stone, and bicycle magnets.  I made sure that I didn’t leave empty handed with some works made by my fellow crafters.

Thank You, Leah Sanchez and Arlene Barbaza, for making my wooden stand. A lot of people liked it during the fair! I think I’m going to have more made! To those who want to get their hands dirty with clay, see you at Clay Ave Pottery Studio soon! To my students, Paula and Sophie, thanks for coming all the way from Makati. My friend, Clark, thanks for carrying my stuff and driving me home!

Now these hands can’t wait to get all dirty again with clay, to create more works, for those who want to call my creations their own : )

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Clay Ave Students’ Testimonies

Students go to Clay Ave for different reasons. Here are some testimonies from students who have joined and are still getting their hands dirty with clay at the pottery studio. Know why they have decided to enroll for pottery lessons, what they feel when they are working with clay, and what they want to share with others.
Paula McMeekin, British Housewife: “My friend made me to try it during private pottery lessons by Clay Ave at my friend’s house in Makati City. I feel peaceful and quiet when I am working with clay. It’s a good break to be away from kids at least once a week. I definitely recommend it to others!  It’s a good balance in life, most especially for moms who do house work.”

Anonymous: “I was ten years old when I first learned pottery at my school in Australia. Until today, I still love creating pots with my hands. I used to feel impatient when working with clay. But now, it’s more relaxing even if it’s challenging sometimes. Pottery lessons at Clay Ave is highly recommended!”

Isabelle Salonga, Filipino Associate Publishing Specialist at Thomson Reuters: “I always found pottery making to be an interesting activity and wanted to try it. I also wanted to create things with my hands. When I work with clay, I feel calm and relaxed. I definitely recommend it to others!”

Iori Espiritu, Filipino Graphic Designer: “I like to try a new art form and it’s also a form of catharsis. I feel relaxed when working with clay. And also very happy when I see my work done! It feels very fulfilling. I highly recommend it if you want to try something new.”

Charis Marquez, Filipino Housewife: “I like to do things with my hands creatively, and create something beautiful and useful. I feel relaxed and I enjoy myself with clay at Clay Ave. People should really try it!”

Beth Abiva-Isaac, Filipino Businesswoman & Hobby Painter: ” I enrolled for pottery lessons at Clay Ave to develop my creativity. I feel challenged to create something out of nothing. I definitely recommend it to others who are stressed out most of the time!”

Grace Sañez, Filipino Housewife  & Baker: “I started learning pottery during a trip to Japan in 1999 until 2001. I was amazed with the process of forming the pots to firing them in the kiln. The traditional craft has fascinated me since then. It is very therapeutic and I love working with my hands. Creating something with clay makes me happy and I look forward to my pottery lessons at Clay Ave!”

Kara Bianca Abapo, Filipino Manager, Yield Management-Analytics: “I’ve always been interested in the arts and I was recently inspired by the pottery, sculpture, and architecture I saw from the trip I had in Europe last year. I wanted to restore my creativity yet do something completely new to me. Working with clay makes me feel grounded yet inspired. Things seem much simpler. I feel far from the pressures of the daily grind. Mistakes are allowed and imperfections are preferred because that’s what makes each piece unique and your own. Yes! Clay Ave pottery lessons is highly recommended!”

Sonal Patil, Indian Housewife: ” I was really interested in knowing how to work with clay. It’s wonderful to see a shapeless lump transform to something beautiful . The joy of creating something from nothing is quite unique. It is strangely calming and you can feel the tensions drain away!”

Anyone can join pottery lessons. Feel the satisfying and therapeutic effects of working with clay as soon as you feel the earthy material between your hands.

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