Trying Slab Pottery at The Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery

The first time I tried Slab Pottery (I keep typing poetry instead of pottery, haha) was a couple of years ago in preparation for Craft Camp Antipolo. We were there for an ocular visit and decided to make some pieces so we could pick them up in a couple of weeks’ time. We each had a kilo of clay to work with and Jali of Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery was there to teach us the basics.

We could make anything we wanted: a plate, a cup, even a spoon! We were asked to choose colors for the glaze they’ll apply when the pieces would be fired in a kiln. I had forgotten about them till a few months after, when we finally got our pieces back. I think I still have some missing (either they broke in the kiln or they got mixed up with workshop participants’ work).

Slab pottery pieces by Macy Alcaraz

They tell you to make your pieces a few sizes bigger since they shrink after firing. So that black cup which was supposed to be a tea cup has now turned into an inkwell for my calligraphy practice. Haha! The blue ramekin holds bits and bobs on my bedside table and I use the leaf plate as a catchall for my daily jewelry. The rest are just for display purposes for now and that tiny pendant is a gift from my friend Mansy, which she gave me late last year. I still haven’t found a necklace to hang it from.

Slab pottery pieces by Macy Alcaraz

The M is supposed to be a pendant but it’s a bit bigger and heavier than I thought it would be. Still thinking of what else I can use it for. Any ideas?

Slab pottery pieces by Macy Alcaraz

Haven’t been back to Crescent Moon since then but might be a good idea to swing by since it’s just an hour away from the city. P.S. Have you read my latest article on Preview.ph about resorts you can drive to on the next long weekend? They’re all in Rizal! Makes me want to go now.

Some friends and I are thinking of taking another pottery class, this time in Zambales. We haven’t planned anything yet but I’m looking forward to making something with my hands again. What about you? What are you excited to do this summer?

Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery is located at The Courtyard of Maia Alta, Sapang Buho, Antipolo, Rizal.

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