For an artist who made a name selling his craft at Metro Manila’s plush housing subdivisions, Ugu Bigyan is so unassuming he even chose a relatively hidden location in a quiet town. When we first went here 12 years ago the locals living in the area were surprised such a place existed. So much so that it took us a while to find it.
Just recently, on our way to Nina’s uncle at Hacienda Escudero in Tiaong, one of our friends suggested we drop by the home and garden of Augusto “Ugu” Bigyan, the celebrated pottery artist who lives in the same town. We’ve been here before in 2006 but since our friends had yet to visit it, we decided to accompany them on a return visit.
Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant is a large, beautifully-landscaped compound filled with a cluster of huts as well as 2 or 3 cottages that serve as accommodations for overnight guests. Ugu’s house and workshop are also within the compound.
Near the entrance to the compound and adjacent to Ugu’s house is a display of his works. Visitors can buy directly here. Ugu also conducts pottery lessons at his workshop studio.
Ugu also serves lunch for visitors at a gazebo in his garden. Lunch is by reservation, though and you might need to book several days in advance. Lunch is at P700 per person (minimum 10 persons); the meal according to several visitors is worth the cost.
Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant
490 Alvarez Village. Brgy Lusacan, Tiaong, Quezon 4325
Tel: (042) 545-9144; (042) 545-8689
Mobile: 0917-560-5708 / 0917-560-7973