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Mar 2022

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



Conversations on Clay - Segment 3: The Life of a Potter

Joey De Castro
Jon Pettyjohn

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We are joined today by two of the most seasoned Philippinel potters, Mr. Jon Pettyjohn and Mr. Joey de Castro. Choosing a path in clay is full of challenges. Both artists, who have found success in their craft, will discuss events in their past, present and future, that fueled their pursuit of pottery as a career.


Considered as one of the most inquisitive and experimental ceramic artists, Master Potter Joey De Castro is known for his unique clay textures, and alchemy of glazes that gives his pieces a distinct earthy depth of character. Joey has been actively participating and spearheading the movement to unify the local community of contemporary stoneware potters. His aim to put pottery to the level of awareness of the regular Filipino led to teaching pottery in UP College of Fine Arts, and the opening of Sierra Madre Gallery in 2018 as a platform for emerging local ceramicists.

Jon Pettyjohn is a Filipino-American potter who learned ceramics in Barcelona in the early 1970’s and returned to the Philippines in the mid 70’s to establish, with his wife Tessy, a workshop at the foothills of Mt. Makiling in Calamba. They have specialized in functional stoneware and porcelain in the Asian tradition fired in high temperature gas and wood kilns. They have exhibited their works at many galleries and museums in the country and have participated in events and residencies in Korea, Japan, China and Thailand. They established a pottery school in Manila in the mid 1980’s which continued for 20+ years that trained a new generation of artist-potters.

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