[Keywords: Henry Otley–Beyer Collection, Philippine pottery, Batangas–pottery, pot–making in Batangas, Barrio Pallocan]
“First of all, the clay is molded until it is rendered very sticky and refined. This is done on any convenient place with a smooth surface, usually on a wooden table. This completed, the clay is divided into portions, much of which is enough to be made into one complete pot. These pots vary in size and kind. Then the shaping of the clay into pots is done. It is fixed on the revolving table for here the shaping with the view of getting symmetry for the pot is better obtained. Sometimes, decorations are carved on the outside of the pots.
When the clay is already molded and shaped into pots, these are allowed to dry in a dark corner of the barn or house where the temperature is low and the atmosphere to some degree is humid. They are allowed to stay there for a day or so and when they are almost dry, they are taken and given the finishing touches by polishing and smoothening the outer surface, that they may give a very shiny appearance. Hard woods with very smooth surfaces are employed in this part of the process.”
2 “A Reconstruction of 15th Century Calatagan Community,” by Angelo G. Bernardo.
3 “Alluvium,” Wikipedia.