Tiaong, Quezon: A Visit to the Master Potter

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.

porch of Ugu Bigyan's residence showcasing furniture and pottery
At Ugu Bigyan’s House in Tiaong, Quezon

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's pottery works on display at his home and garden
Ugu’s works on display at his pottery garden
pottery and wall hangings at Ugu Bigyan's Pottery Garden
Pottery and intricately made wall hangings with leaves and birds on display

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.

inside an open-air hut at Ugu Bigyan's garden
One of the open-air huts at Ugu’s Bali-inspired garden where guests can lounge (perfect for selfies too); note the wall decor and chimes
furniture and wall decor at one of the overnight accommodations in Ugu's Pottery Garden
Furniture and wall art at the entrance of one of the structures used for accommodating overnight guests.
interior of an overnight accommodation unit within Ugu's Pottery Garden
The spacious and rustic interior of one of the accommodations
open air hut made using indigenous materials
Another open-air hut just beside one of the overnight accommodations

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.

pottery craft and decorations on display
Pottery craft and decorations on display

decorative plates, pottery and wall hangings

uniquely shaped pottery
Uniquely shaped pottery showcases Ugu’s creativity
pottery works on display next to Ugu Bigyan's house
More pottery works on display right beside the artist’s home

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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.

view inside the first floor of Ugu Bigyan's residence
Ugu has opened the first floor of his residence for public viewing.
artifacts and wooden furniture at the entrance of Ugu's house
More beautifully crafted artifacts on wooden furniture sit at the entrance to Ugu’s house

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

7 thoughts on “Tiaong, Quezon: A Visit to the Master Potter

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  1. What a great complex. I love that he sort of seems to work to the beat of his own drum…and it’s wonderful. His pottery is gorgeous, and I love the vibe of his entire home. Great find.

    1. Thanks! It’s interesting that even in the huts and cottages you can see his pottery art all over. He’s also opened the first floor of his home so people can see more of his works.

      1. That’s amazing. He’s created the perfect artist haven. And the perfect haven for those to view his art as well!

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