Clay Ave Goes To Craft MNL!

In the heart of Makati City is a creative space called “The Collective.” It is a warehouse compound that holds artists, designers, and restaurants too. This year, Craft MNL opens at The Collective  and they invite artists and crafters who can hold workshops in their space.

I met Marielle and Lex of Craft MNL during an Arts and Crafts fair at 10a Alabama in Quezon City. Clay Ave got invited to hold some sessions with clay!

I gathered all the materials at the pottery studio, hailed a cab, and put all the clay and tools in the trunk. One of Clay Ave’s services is to hold private pottery lessons within Manila. It’s a good way for me to leave the comforts of Quezon City! The best way to get around the city is with a cab. No need to worry for a parking slot, and I get to relax my tired legs right in the backseat. No need to worry about a flat tire or an overheating car that can possibly make me late for a class. Plus I have the driver to help me carry all my stuff too : )

After working hours, some participants have decided to get their hands dirty with clay! I put all the rolling pins out and taught them how to create using the slab making technique. You see, making pottery is not just using the potter’s wheel! People can create a wide variety of pieces by simple making the clay flat.

With a help of some cut-out templates, functional pieces are formed!

They don’t mind getting their hands all dirty with clay!

Glazing is always done on the last day. Pots are brought back to the studio after the second to the last session. I fire them in the kiln with a temperature of 900 degrees celsius.

Pots are dunk right into the buckets filled with glazes. Brushes are taken out for those who want to paint on their pots. After the last session, I bring back the glazed pots with me to Clay Ave and I fire them to a higher temperature of 1260 degrees celsius.

Before the session ends, we get hungry and we make sure that we eat something with clean hands of course : ) Thanks to the restaurant, “Kubyertos”, for making this sweet treat! I will keep coming back for more!

A little bite of something sweet won’t hurt while glazing : ) Marielle makes sure that her hands are clean!

Glazed pots will be delivered this Sunday to Craft MNL. Thank You for taking time in getting those hands of yours muddy for several evenings in August! I am looking forward to signing up for pottery sessions in 2013!

Thank You, Craft MNL team, for accommodating me in your creative space!

To know more about the workshops they offer, visit their website at Get to know the crafters of Manila. Get those hands busy and start creating something! Spread the love for handmade creations. The Crafters are right  here in Manila and some of them can just be within your neighborhood!

For private pottery lessons, send an e-mail to and visit for more details about your first muddy experience in Manila!

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