Hampas ng La Paz: “Hulmang Lokal” (Part 6)

Making Pottery gets more intense after firing pots. As soon as fire hits the ware, one leaves the control with the flames for hours. Seeing results, whether good or bad, always excites Potters. It is the best time to learn from mistakes, develop clay and glazes, etc.

After firing the locals’ works for five hours and leaving the firing area overnight as the pots cool down, the following day was even more exciting for me. I couldn’t sleep even if I went to bed early. This is my first time to experience open firing as well and waiting to see the results made me stay up all night! Looking at my watch and knowing that it’s the day of the skimboarding competition, feeling light-headed from a sleepless night, I move quickly and started taking a shower at 6:00AM.

Without craving to have breakfast, I went straight to the beach and saw the people, starting to set up the competition area.

I reached for the “kalaykay” (a fork-like sand/soil sweeper and usually made from bamboo) and started sweeping off the burnt hay off the pots. I thought I came the earliest. These kids were all waiting patiently and arrived at the spot earlier than everyone else : )

IMG_8527I keep sweeping carefully, making sure that no pot will be hit by the “kalaykay”, to avoid any breaking problems.

IMG_8505My assistant, Pong, removes the pots from the hay with his bare hands. After almost 12 hours of cooling down the pieces, the works of the locals are pretty much safe to be touched and carried.

See what the locals have made! Living by the beach has inspired them to create what they see everyday.







IMG_8641I also made some test bowls with the potter’s wheel for low fire glazes. These are five different sources of local clay from San Narciso, Zambales.



IMG_8697With black sand by the beach, local clay from the mountain, hay, bamboo, small pieces of wood, hands of the locals, and any match that can light up a fire, a second pottery workshop is on its way!

IMG_8704More experiments will be done in creating stoneware clay and glazes. We all look forward to seeing where this is heading!

Mabuhay ang mga taga San Narciso, Zambales!

Up next: Local fishing, The first local skimboarding in San Narciso, Zambales and more clay time with the Ilocanos!

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