We are Botpots supplier in Christchurch/South Island.
We believe that arts and crafts is what connects us regardless of race, gender or belief.
Our continuing goal is to supply potters, artist and crafts people with great quality products and a brilliant customer service.
We aim to get everyone muddy.
I know.. my baby in this picture din't want to be photographed..
Hi there! I am from a small town in the northern part of the Philippines and my town is known for our irrigated rice field that is contoured steeply on our mountains and is regarded as the 8th Wonders of the World and is dubbed as the "inhabitant of the known world."
My people have an indigenous religion unique to our cultural tradition. We were not colonised by the Spaniards for 300 years of Spanish occupancy. This is why our way of life and valued traditions remained intact and are still practiced to date.
Pottery in my town is only specific to the use of moon jars hand built for our rice wines known as a sacred drink. A medium used to reach the blessings of the Sky God. A lot of these jars were either lost or traded to private collectors during the 1960's. Luckily, we still own 4 moon jars which has been passed down from our ancestors.
I studied Bachelor of Arts major in Anthropology at the southern part of the Philippines known as the Negros Island. I have studied how traditional Philippine pottery was produced pre colonisation period. Negros is known to ceramic production since AD 500-1600 and has been a source of living for many Negrenses. I have seen, touched and used ceramics which was created hundred of years and I am moved by the intricate details ancient potters produced. Traditional potters still exist in the area to date. Due to industrialisation and changing times, there has been a massive decline of potters in the Philippines. The pandemic paved another wave of talents that is currently continuing to flourish locally.
My first modern pottery experience was in 2012 in California and was introduced to Laguna. I moved to NZ in 2015 and couldn't practice pottery due to new location and a baby on the way. Waited until my son turned 4 and decided to get back into pottery again. I initially wanted to replicate a barro negro from Mexico but life wanted to do its own course and changed the dynamics of it all. I got the distributorship of Botpots in Christchurch, one thing led to the other and I ended up having a pottery store + teaching pottery hand building classes as well.
NZ pottery for me is a different arena. The clay used is new even the way glazing is formulated. It has been a challenging one year but I am able to learn so much about this science, the good/bad costly experiences that produced beautiful artistic experiments.
So I'd like to say; to the strangers who bought from this store and enrolled in my classes, thank you more than words can say. Thank you for making this dream of owning a pottery store come true.
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