are called “burnay”. The industry that has grown from the making of burnay
dates back to pre-colonial times when immigrants from China came to settle in
Vigan, Ilocos Region, the Philippines. They practiced the craft of making
earthenware using the grade A clay that was found in plenty in the Western area
The making of
burnay is done with just the use of the potter’s skillful hands and use of
pottery wheel and kiln. Fine sand is used to temper the clay, which once
fashioned into the desired shape is placed inside high-temperature ground kilns
made from brick and clay. Compared to terracotta, people say that the burnay is
hardier, and definitely sturdier.
(the potter's hands skillfully forming a uniquely shaped vessel)
(pots are now being air-dried before they are being baked in kilns)
Burnay jars were
first introduced to me by my mother-in-law, oh way back in the early 90’s.Since then, I have always been fascinated by
its unique shape and make.So when my
family visited the Philippines in July this year, it was such a privilege and
interesting to witness how they were made: firstly, a
slap a lump of clay placed firmly on the potter’s wheel followed by some human
“kick power” to get the potter’s wheel turning at a pretty impressive speed
whilst a pair of expert hands started to form a uniquely shaped vessel.These pots are then air-dried before they are
baked in traditional century old kilns fired up by wood.
(the end product product - heavy, sturdy, dark jars ready for the market)
I am so happy to be able to hand-carry a few miniature pots back
to Perth, now my home.These pots are
about 3 inches in height and barely 2 inches in diameter. Yes, they are old,
each weighing about 220-250 grams.
(the century old kiln fired up by chunks of wood)
Amazing how each of us were fashioned by the hands
of God Himself. We are uniquely crafted, and perfectly designed by our
loving Father in Heaven. The problem for people has always been sin.
Sin seeks to redesign our hearts and minds through lies, deception, and
temptation. In Christ, our sin is paid for, and we are offered the chisel
of the Holy Spirit who resides in us!
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the
clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”Isa. 54:8
My prayer: “Holy Spirit, please lead us and change
our hearts to be for God. Lord God, re-shape us and make us new once
more. You are our master potter after all. If we are broken in some
way, You can most surely make it right!Yet
you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the
work of your hand.
Color: Dark Clay
The pictures taken here are the traditional pottery
making in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
"... my quest toward patterning my life after the woman "far above rubies" - the administrator, seamstress, nurse, chauffeur, hairdresser, and chef par excellence, among others, the one whose children blessed her and whose husband praised her!
Hi! My name is Jenny and welcome to my blog. I am an accountant by profession, now a registered nurse as my second profession. I am a mother of four wonderful children and wife to a devoted christian husband.
Here, you will find excerpts of my personal life journey: the places I've been, my random thoughts, selected poems I have written, recipes I have cooked, my quilt projects, my ministry work, unique experiences, impossible dreams and desires for my family.
"You create your thoughts, and your thoughts create your life. Do you like what you have created? Comtemplate yourself each day and you will unravel the mystery of not only what you are but who you are." Ron Rathbun
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships,bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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