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Here’s Where You Can Get Quirky Handmade Mugs by Filipino Artists

Own a functional piece of art for yourself.
Here’s Where You Can Get Quirky Handmade Mugs by Filipino Artists
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Own a functional piece of art for yourself.

There’s something so quirky yet special about the idea of giving and receiving mugs. No matter what the occasion may be, it always adds a personal touch to any space. Though it might seem like a regular household item, it’s one of those things that holds various meanings to a person’s life. To some, they see their mugs as a form of companion in late nights, while others hold onto them for sentimental reasons. It’s almost reminiscent of art, where certain pieces are interpreted differently. And like art, this form of dining ware comes in a variety of sizes and designs, each crafted to suit an array of tastes. So, what happens when you combine the merriment of functionality and art in the form of a mug?

Here enters Nikkoni Home, a curated online store focused on showcasing cool, one-of-a-kind stoneware pieces by renowned Filipino craftsmen. Owner, CM Cerbito shares her passion for “functional pieces of art” through her business, introducing artists such as Monica Antonio, Ugu Bigyan, Mia Casal, EJ Espiritu, and Rosa Mirasol to a wider range of audiences. 

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Curious to know more? Below, CM of Nikkoni Home shares her insights about the unique beauty of owning functional art, as well as the unexpected story behind the business.

How would you describe what Nikkoni Home is to you? Is there a special meaning behind the name of your brand?

“Nikkoni allows me to showcase the works of our local artisans online, as my way of showing support. Through the store, I get to meet fellow collectors who share the same interests.”

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“The name of the brand is something me and my friend came up with for another purpose. I used the Instagram handle temporarily to post my personal collection for sale, until I noticed that the followers of the page started to grow a bit, so I chose to retain it as is. It was unintentional, but that’s what makes it more special to me.”

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Have you always had an interest in stoneware? How did this develop into a form of livelihood for you?

“At first, I just wanted to have a nice table setting. I saw a lot of affordable Japanese wares being sold online, but it also got me curious as to what our local pottery scene has to offer. I first discovered artist Joey de Castro’s studio in Mandaluyong, since it was closest to my home. It was love at first sight for me. Upon seeing his creations, I immediately knew that I needed to buy a lot of his pieces, especially when I found out that he never repeats exactly the same designs.”

“The artists’ whole process of creating unique pieces with each production is what got me hooked—no two pieces are made exactly the same, so it’s really like owning a (functional) piece of art. From there, my journey to explore other artists went on, until one day, I tried to sell a few pieces focused on locally made ceramics.”

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From when you launched to now, how would you say public interest has grown in regards to stoneware?

“It’s nice na nagiging accessible na yung local stonewares, and mas marami na nakakadiscover, especially with millenials like myself. I think it is still growing, at baka hindi pa na-reach wide enough, but it’s getting there positively.”

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What would you say is the best or the most special thing about owning a mug from your curated collection of handmade pieces?

“The artist's whole process of creating unique pieces each time is what makes it personal. The potters have spent years developing their craft, a work of passion. It really is owning a (functional) piece of art.”

What would you like to say to our Preview readers about supporting local?

“Supporting local means providing families and individuals a livelihood, as this also supports dreams. We have many talented local artists, and buying local products supports Filipino craftsmanship. This also encourages future generations to continue to create things that we can proudly call our own.”

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You can visit www.nikkoni.ph or their Shopee page Nikkoni Home to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from local Filipino artisans!

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