Our first Maker Holiday–Cuentos: The Stories of our Hands

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Blog, Craft Events, Maker Holiday | No Comments

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During the weekend of May 3-5, creative souls will converge in the City of Seven Lakes, to nestle in the comfort of Casa San Pablo, the lovely bed and breakfast hosted by Boots and An Alcantara.

The Craft MNL Team, together with our creative innkeeper-couple, will take participants on a weekend of stories, sharing and making—shaping clay into storyteller dolls with An, bookbinding their own getaway journals, screen printing their own postcards and painting the comfortingly familiar paper mache horse figures from Paete.  They’re also in for quite a treat—visiting the brass studio of Carlito Ortega, and feasting in Ugu Bigyan’s pottery garden in Tiaong, Quezon.

The weekend’s festivities will include a Story Swap show-and-tell evening, as well as a craft exchange and skills barter.

In the culturally rich surroundings of Laguna and Quezon, and the creative atmosphere of Casa San Pablo, the participants will be immersed in stories—stories of Casa San Pablo, of the City of San Pablo, stories of themselves, their cares, their families, their memories, their dreams.  And as the weekend unfolds, these stories come to light, each telling made clear by shaping clay, by painting, by writing.

The weekend will be one of sharing.  And each handcrafted item, a story.

Textures from Ugu Bigyan's Pottery Garden.

Textures from Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden.

Make your weekend this May one of creativity, fun, great food, and swapping stories with great company.  Check out the itinerary below:

MAY 3, 2013: FRIDAY

  • 8 PM – Arrival in Casa San Pablo, Dinner, Introductions
  • 9 PM – Bookbinding Getaway Journals
  • 1030 PM – Lights Out

MAY 4, 2013: SATURDAY

  • 8 AM – Breakfast
  • 9 AM – Introduction to San Pablo Arts c/o An
  • 10 AM – Visit to Carlito Ortega’s brass studio
  • 12 NN – Lunch
  • 1 PM – Terra cotta Storyteller doll-making with An (slab and pinching pottery)
  • 3 PM – Quiet time/ Taka Painting/ Merienda/ Skills barter
  • 5 PM – Postcard Screen printing
  • 630 PM – Dinner
  • 8 PM – Story Swap: Show-and-Tell
  • 10 PM – Socials and stargazing

MAY 5, 2013: SUNDAY

  • 9 AM – Breakfast
  • 10 AM – Wheel throwing pottery with Ugu Bigyan/ Delivery of terra cotta storyteller dolls
  • 12 NN – Lunch at Ugu’s
  • 1 PM – Back to Casa San Pablo and check out
  • Optional Pandin Lake tour
One of An's storyteller dolls.

One of An’s storyteller dolls.

Are you as excited as we are? Check out our special packages prepared especially for you. We’ve also got an early bird discount (for payments made before April 10), and special discounts for groups of 3 or more!  🙂

Weekend Package: 2 Nights, 2 Days: PHP 9,750.00**
Inclusive of food and accommodations (shared lodging, airconditioned rooms, private toilet and bath), transportation to and from Makati and San Pablo, transportation within San Pablo and Tiaong, Quezon, materials and fees for all of the weekend’s activities and goodie bag.

Day Package (May 4, Saturday): PHP 3,500.00
Inclusive of breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and lunch, transportation within San Pablo, materials and fees for all of the day’s activities and goodie bag.

Day Package (May 5, Sunday): PHP 2,500.00
Inclusive of breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and lunch, transportation within San Pablo, materials and fees for all of the day’s activities and goodie bag.

*Groups of 3 or more get PHP 250.00 off published rates (applicable to early bird discount).
**An early bird rate for our weekend package is available for PHP 9,250.00 if payment is made on or before April 10, 2013.

The taka mould that greets you when you enter Casa San Pablo.

The taka mould that greets you when you enter Casa San Pablo.

Ready to sign up?  Fill out our registration form here, then sit tight as we get back to you on confirmation and payment details.  See you in the City of Seven Lakes this summer!  If you have questions, just email yelle[at]craftmnl[dot]com.  🙂

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