Continuing the Palayok Culture

The first form of palayok dates back 4000 years ago, according to the records of the National Museum of the Philippines. This ceramic piece has served many households from the time it was first introduced.

Traditional palayoks are made of earthenware clay dug straight from the riverbed and refined by a simple method of sieving. The form and shape are brought to life using a manual potter’s wheel, wooden paddle, and stone used as anvil. After it dries, the piece is barnished before it is fired at a lower temperature. As it doesn’t get fired in extreme high temperature (like for the case of most modern tableware), it preserves its natural porous quality. When the piece is used as a cookware, the porous quality of the piece allows heat to evaporate from its pores making the boiling and cooking slow, smooth and even, and bringing out the flavours in the dish.

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