Succulents, Pottery

August 13, 2014

At Farmer's Market, Cubao


Yesterday, Tita Lory and I paid a visit to Joey De Castro, the potter and artist. We picked up an urn for my late cousin Tina's ashes.

(Sir) Joey is calm, quiet and pleasant. He's a man of few words, at least at first. But once our enthusiasm for his art—and his plants—became apparent, he started to discuss his craft. He was a photographer for many years before taking up pottery, which he began as a way to house his growing collection of plants. 

This is, possibly, the windiest spot along EDSA -- which makes it superior
In travel he discovered the world; in clay he found a new journey that encouraged him to sit at the wheel and learn its secrets. These days, his daily commute involves climbing the stairs to his workshop (the kiln is a few flights above that). He also steps out to get his son to and from school. Other than that, he says, he doesn’t really go out and about, a sentiment I can readily relate to. 

I love his setup, to be honest.

The garden is a collection of things he’s nurtured and created; all ceramic jars and dramatic foliage.


Yurtle the turtle. I used to have a Yurtle and Myrtle, too, when I was a child!
He gave Talor some cuttings for her garden.



He also toured us around his home. He regularly conducts workshops for children and adults here, and at the UP College of Fine Arts in Diliman.


Talor, the man and the fire
In the afternoon, Talor & I went to Farmer's Market to look for flowers for the wake.

After a very confusing negotiation in which, I think, we failed to communicate our artistic vision to the storeowner, Talor decided to make the decor herself: a woodland-inspired wreath for the urn and an arrangement for the altar.

One of the plants Talor bought for the wreath.
And then I saw some more perky succulents. I am bookending this post with them.

I'm happy to report that you can buy any three for Php100 ($2.27).