Are you looking for a hobby that’s both mediative and productive in nature? Then, give pottery making a try! In that way, you’re already hitting two birds with one stone.
Functional as it is therapeutic, this is one of the reasons why pottery-making has become one of today’s thriving businesses.
With pottery studios suddenly appearing around the metro, Bumi and Ashe set themselves apart by providing a space where your personal and artistic freedom takes charge. No rules, just self-expression.
Located in Cubao Expo in Quezon City, here are things you should probably know about this fascinating studio.
Behind the name
Founded by Marita Galvez with Jenaina Lauang as the resident potter, the name “Bumi and Ashe” has an interesting backstory.
While “Ashe” is short for Ashley, Marita’s pet cat, “Bumi,” on the other hand, might sound familiar as it’s derived from King Bumi, a character from the hit Nickelodeon animated show, Avatar: The Legend of Aang.
Eccentric and sometimes misunderstood, Bumi and Ashe embrace the king’s personalities with the unique and extraordinary pieces they create, believing that it doesn’t have to make sense for others as long as it makes sense to you.
By mixing an earth bender (clay is an element from the earth, go figure!) with an adorable feline, Bumi and Ashe surely does ring a bell!
Give it a hand or take the wheel
Already convinced? If you are, Bumi and Ashe offer workshops to help you become a potter, yourself!
The studio has three different lessons for one to try either in private or with a group.
First, hand-building lets you know about the basics of pottery making but if want to be challenged, you can opt for either Wheel 101 or the Full course where you will be using pottery wheels while learning more advanced procedures.
Workshops are on Fridays and Saturdays so you better check your schedules.
For the price of each session and other inquiries, you can reach them on their Instagram page.
Made by you or made for you, you decide
Aside from creating your custom-designed ceramics, Bumi and Ashe also have a variety of products that you can add to your cart.
By visiting their website, you have mugs to cups to even pottery supplies to choose from. The studio also collaborates with local artists whose pieces might fit your sense of style.
Personalized items are also available! How’s that for a Christmas gift idea?
Moreover, it’s the vision behind Bumi and Ashe that makes them stand out. What started as an artistic outlet now became a passionate livelihood that celebrates one’s individuality and authenticity. As the pottery-making industry becomes more relevant, this is something you should definitely give a shot.
They’re open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so make sure to drop by and let you through your work shine!
Vee De Serra is a go-getter and a writer driven by passion. When in doubt, he believes that "Life isn't fair but it is up to you make it one". As a city and a beach person, when the sun is out, expect him to spend hours getting lost in the concrete jungle or laying by the shoreline with both finishing the day by watching a beautiful sunset.