I enjoy creating miniature sculptures from materials such as terracotta, polymer clay and wood since college and continue doing it in my wee hours until today. However, taking this hobby into another level is more challenging especially when done with our own ancient writing system in the Philippines, the Baybayin. Below are some of the (glazed and unglazed) terracotta moldings I’ve created as inspired by our rich cultural heritage. Enjoy.
“Pilas sa Lunok”
Inspired by the lunok or strangler fig and the Baybayin “ᜎ” or “La”, this miniature stands 6cm tall. The lunok is believed to be “mariit” (in Hiligaynon) or resided by unseen entities. “Pilas” is a Hiligaynon term for sugat (in Tagalog) or wound. Read more about the lunok/balete or strangler fig at The News Today.
Inspired by the kudyapi (or kudlung in some parts of the Philippines) and the Baybayin “ᜃ” or “Ka”, this piece stands at about 8cm tall. The kudyapi or kudlung is one of the traditional musical instruments played by several ethnic groups in the Philippines. Read more about the kudyapi and other musical instruments at Kipas.
A giveaway, this one (front and back) was inspired by the Baybayin “ᜃ” or “Ka” and stands at about 8cm tall. (to be updated)