Friday, 29 June 2012

Pagburnayan Jar Making in Vigan

When we went to Vigan, the tour guide told us that one of the highlights of the tour is visiting the pagburnayan jar making site.

 The root word “burnay” is an earthenware jar crafted by a potter’s hands with the aid of a potter’s wheel.

 A local pottery maker molds the clay into a fine-looking jar at RG (Ramon Go, owner) jar factory

 It uses fine sand (anay) as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in a huge brick-and-clay ground kiln that makes it is harder and more durable than other terra cotta.

 
If you are up for scuplting your very own jars, you can actually do so by requesting the local potter to guide you. But be sure you are ready to get down and dirty.
 
 These jars are the most sought after by local and foreign visitors in Vigan.

Unvarnished Mini-burnay or red clay jars at RG Pagburnayan Jar Factory are priced at P35 per jar. Those with varnish are priced a bit higher.  

How to get there: 

You may ask your receptionist where you might be staying if they offer a tour package which includes pagburnayan pottery making. 

The attendant at Grandpa's Inn was accommodating enough to contact for us their in-house local tour guide.

City Tour consists of: 

a.) Calesa Adventure:

Rates: Tricycles P8 -P10 within city limits
Private Calesa - P150/hr
Whole Day Calesa Adventure - P1000

(For a comprehensive tour, you may request Sir Norbert's Calesa #143 and his horse "RODMAN" at Grandpa's Inn)

Tourist Spots Include:

St. Paul's metropolitan cathedral, archbishop's residence, plaza salcedo, plaza burgos, ayala museum, crisologo museum, mindoro beach resort, baluarte, pagburnayan, camangaan abel weaving, st. augustine church, mestizo district, hidden garden