The prolonged quarantine period has pushed a lot of us to get our creative juices flowing. Even our favorite celebrities and influencers have been busy getting their hands dirty, venturing out into different DIY projects and hobbies.
Recently, personalities such as Maine Mendoza and Kathryn Bernardo were spotted trying out pottery at Wabi Sabi Studio in San Juan. Who would’ve thought molding clay on a potter’s wheel would be the next "it" hobby, right?
Established mid-pandemic, this humble little studio offers everything you need to get your pottery journey started. If you’re interested in handcrafting ceramic ware just like your favorite celebs (no Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore-esque moments promised though, sorry), then enrolling for a class at Wabi Sabi might just be what you’re looking for.
Wabi sabi pertains to a Japanese worldview about acknowledging and embracing the beauty within flaws. Founders Pau and Gabbie Javier promote this philosophy of perfect imperfection through their handmade products, and in the way they teach their classes. No need for flawlessly sculpted pieces here! Any dents or notches are more than welcomed and celebrated.
Among the stars giving the artform a shot is actress Bea Alonzo, who was accompanied by friends Dimples Romana, Beatriz Saw, and Janus del Prado last July. As seen on Bea's vlog, the "Thursday barkada" had a blast handmaking their own bowls and mugs.
YouTuber Hannah Pangilinan and beauty queen Rachel Peters were also seen visiting the studio. Even our girl, Mimiyuuuh, dropped by and made some ceramic pieces that were just as quirky as her.
Of course, you can experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of pottery, too! By appointment, you can join classes and learn how to craft ceramic ware with your own two hands. From molding to decorating, and kilning, the studio provides you everything you need to make plates, mugs or bowls that are uniquely yours. The best part is that you get to head home with not just the pieces you made, but also some friends you shared the experience with. You never know, said friends could even be your favorite celeb or influencer!
Given certain lockdown measures, it may be difficult to pop in the studio from time to time. Fret not, because you can still learn the craft with them online. On their website, virtual Zoom classes and do-it-yourself kits are available so anyone and everyone can still experience the magic of pottery even from home.
If you want to purchase already made pieces, Wabi Sabi also has you covered. With new collections every month, they sell cheekily designed mugs, intricately made plates and other one-of-a-kind ceramic ware. No two pieces are the same, which is in line with their dedication to embracing the beauty in the seemingly imperfect.
Interested in getting your hands dirty, the Wabi Sabi way? Go ahead and check them out on their website and Instagram page.
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