It only takes a few episodes of Bon Appetit YouTube videos to realize that the process of preparing food is a complicated art form. You have to consider both flavor and presentation. So, when I attempted to make a cheese board one random Friday night (while watching more Bon Appetit, no less), I realized that there is literally an easy solution to make it more visually appealing: A CUTE PLATE.
So when I found out that Mansy Abesamis, owner of Hey Kessy, an independent craft shop in Quezon City, would be holding a ceramics exhibit, I had to check it out.
Mansy was already interested in pottery even before starting Hey Kessy. “It dawned on me that I really wanted to be a potter in this lifetime,” she shares.
It didn’t take long before she incorporated a pottery studio into the brand and invested in her own kiln. To further her craft, she makes it a point to visit Sagada regularly and learn from the local potters. She also started sharing her pottery knowledge — she trained with ceramics teacher Mia Casal — to her students last year. This germ of an idea also started spreading to her friends who she encouraged to try out the craft.
Fast forward to this month, she opened Make or Break, a ceramics exhibition featuring 17 Filipina artists from different art disciplines like Soleil Ignacio, Kookoo Ramos and Wiji Lacsamana. Aside from the amazing works of art, I was surprised to find out that the pieces are actually food-safe. I can already imagine my sad cheese board transforming into a Chris Morocco- approved dish after putting it on a Kookoo Ramos masterpiece.
Trust me, after viewing their work, you won’t ever, ever settle for less. Here’s what I learned from Mansy about how she came up with the idea for the exhibition.
How did the idea of Make or Break come about?
The pottery community in the country is small, and I believe there’s a gap between the younger generations and this old art from. I want to bridge that gap — to save, protect, and bring this art form to a wider audience. This coincides with one of Hey Kessy’s goals is to really bring in craft and art materials not yet readily available to the local market. [I want to] help it grow and show people that pottery doesn’t have to be complicated. They just need their hands and clay! Hey Kessy Pottery will fire their pieces for them.