Check out some playful pottery by Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn at Silverlens Gallery

Touch Me, Touch Me Not runs until September 19.


( Pottery, given its fragile nature, may not be something usually associated with playfulness. But the godparents of contemporary Philipppine ceramics are changing that. In their latest exhibition, Touch Me, Touch Me Not at Silverlens Gallery, husband and wife Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn share 20 pieces that have been crafted in the spirit of mischief and provocation. Take, for instance, one of Jon’s pieces—a bowl with pins jutting out from all around. Among Jon’s pieces are Tessy’s ceramic sculptural works, inspired by flowers and plants in her Laguna garden.


Made of clay sourced from Iloilo, Quezon, and Bicol, these pieces were baked in an anagama kiln—a long-wood fired oven popular in 5th Century China. The oven was crafted by a Japanese master and was fired up to 1,400 degrees Celsius for three days.


“We are proud of being craftsmen. We are passionate about functional pottery. But in the last 10 years there has been something else," explains Jon. This seeming current of change in the landscape brought about a new dimension in their craft. Apart from their more popular cups, teapots, and plates are these works that have gone beyond the utilitarian.


The exhibit runs until September 19.


For more information, go to Silverlens Gallery’s website.

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