Clay Ave’s Fourth Art & Pottery Field Trip: Lanelle Abueva’s Crescent Moon Cafe (Part 3 of 6)

Crescent Moon Cafe is a 5,000 square meter property in Antipolo City, Philippines. It is where Lanelle Abueva and her late husband, built the restaurant and pottery workshop, where sixteen workers are working hard in Ceramics today.

A lot of people wonder, why have such a name for a cafe. Lanelle shares generously, the story behind it all. One day, her two daughters were playing restaurant. Their mom asked them, “What is the name of your restaurant?” One of the girls looked up and saw on the wall, a pajama-quilted, crescent moon, pillow. With so much excitement in the tone of her girls’ voice, they blurted, “Crescent Moon!”

What used to be a time of play for the kids, has now become a haven for pottery enthusiasts and food lovers. With less than an hour drive from Manila, this is one of the nearest getaways from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Straight from the parking lot, we headed into the cafe. We were welcomed by Lanelle’s showroom. Pieces of Ceramics were stacked on wooden shelves with steel frames. A burst of color greeted us, making us want to touch the works one by one. 


We didn’t hold back and we made sure, that we carried and caressed, each piece we set our eyes on from the shelf.


A few steps away from the cafe is Lanelle’s “sale room”, where stacks of colorful pottery, awaits the ones who will bring them home or give them away as gifts. I found some pieces I could use and shopped with my students too : ) I remember coming here a lot with my mother, who loved shopping handmade creations too. 


Lanelle Abueva produces pottery for hotels, resorts, and restaurants in The Philippines.


When Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, Lanelle, knew that she can use ash for her glazes. Since then, having ash on her pots, has become her signature in Ceramics.


Choose one, two, or a set of plates and weight them to get a good discount! At P40.00 per kilo, most of the students went on shopping spree mode!

What’s next after pottery shopping? Lunch time!

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