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