Pottery: Get your hands dirty!
San Yang Yao
Words and photos by Dale
Baggs Translated by Ann Lee
776~778, CiJin 3rd Rd, CiJin District,
Kaohsiung City; (07) 571-7788
Hours: 8 am-8 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
Has your favorite coffee cup seen better
days? Well, now you can have your morning brew out of
a new mug—one that you make yourself.
The Pottery Shop located on CiJin Island is a great
place to spend an afternoon while creating something
truly original. The first step is deciding what you
want to make. Standard items include cups, bowls and
vases—although other pieces are possible. Owner
Mr. Yuan will perform the tricky task of centering your
clay on the wheel and all you have to do is wet your
hands, channel your inner artist, and start creating.
If your inner artist is hiding that day and your blob
remains a blob, don't worry! Mr. Yuan will put his twenty
years of experience to use and help shape your clay
into a beautiful work of art.
After that, just choose a glaze color
from an assortment of earth-toned hues. Mr. Yuan will
glaze and fire your piece for 10 to 15 hours, depending
on size, and you can pick it up when it is ready. If
you don't want to get your hands dirty making your own
pottery, choose from one of Mr. Yuan's creations. He
and his English-speaking assistant, Shelly, can answer
any questions about the process or ceramics in general.
To get to the DYI Pottery Shop, take the ferry across
the harbor to CiJin Island. When you leave the ferry
terminal, take the first left into the street market
and simply follow the road that runs parallel to the
beach until the first set of lights. The DYI Pottery
Shop is directly to the left of the lights.