For the season of Lent, my friends and I visited the Monastery of our Lady of Fatima in Malinao, Aklan. On our way home, we decided to stop by a neighboring town called Lezo. Lezo is a small town in Aklan but it is big in talent and culture which reflects on their craft: clay pottery.
Beside the town’s church is where the Bayangan Village is located.”Bayangan”is a local dialect which means, “potter’s wheel”. This is where locals mold beautifully designed jars, clay pots, and other clay products in different shapes and sizes.
Bayangan Village is truly what its name suggests, the whole street is a community where locals make their livelihood through making clay pottery.
The coloring of these jars are different because they have yet to be hardened in the kiln. Afterwards, their coloring will be a rich red brown. Like the ones in the photo below.
Some of the clay pots can be used for potting plants. Some are shaped into jars or vases, then stained and painted with different designs for decorative purposes.
If you buy directly from the village, you can get a much cheaper price from those sold in the market. When I visited this place last year (2015), I purchased several products from one store and I got away with a big discount and a free vase. The prices of their products varies depending on their sizes and design.
Seeing my mother’s reaction towards my “pasalubong” for her and her fixation towards decorative jars, something tells me this won’t be my last visit to Balangay Village.