Pottery is a delicate and sensitive craft that demands the potter to be at peace with the environment. In Tiaong, Quezon, a potter has created himself a peaceful abode just like the artworks he churns out daily for the past 23 years.
Augusto “Ugo” Bigyan, the celebrated potter who has contributed to the fame of his hometown. As we continued with our Viaje del Sol, we stopped by Ugu’s workshop in Barangay Lusacan. Elements of Philippine culture are evident in the Spanish-inspired architecture. No words can describe the images we captured at his home-cum-art workshop.
Original and creative ceramic pieces spilled from the house through out the garden, where Ugo shares his art to those who wish to experience dining al fresco in one of the Balinese inspires huts and partake a meal on his signature leaf plates.
The earth tones and motif are constantly seen in the pottery, consistently repeated in the selection of furniture and décor. Ugo’s fascination for the intricacies of the nature seen in leaves and fishes apparent in his ceramic art is the central theme of his home.
A wall tile collage of terracotta leaves in the living room’s wall is a focal point when entering the house. The sculpture of coffee roots with ceramic leaves, cherubs of the exterior wall, the school of fish embedded on the footpath are just some of elements that make Ugo Bigyan’s hideaway unique yet cozy.
The sheer number of pieces exhibited in Ugu Bigyan’s home and workshop are proof that the artist is indeed at peace right here.