“you can’t Be iSo­lated if you live in a cave like mine. you have to Be rel­e­vant.”

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The eighth floor houses the more pri­vate ar­eas for him and his fam­ily. There’s a spa­cious rooftop gar­den laced with suc­cu­lents, and there are also the kitchen, bed­room, and a liv­ing area that would some­times trans­form into a con­cert stage fea­tur­ing Joey’s fa­vorite lo­cal rock artists. Aside from pot­tery and art, he also in­dulges in mu­sic.

All three floors are dot­ted with a seem­ingly in­fi­nite num­ber of tchotchkes. His own cre­ations min­gle with those of pot­ters from Du­maguete and Bo­hol, who oc­ca­sion­ally pay him a visit. “The art­works are all ex-deal. If we see some­thing we like, we ex­change,” he says. There is also non-pot­tery barter ex­change, like the solid wood fur­ni­ture from Sabado’s Hand­i­crafts in Baguio and woven fab­ric from Balay ni Atong in La Union.

Though Joey’s pot­tery stu­dio and home are in the same build­ing, he de­scribes his work rou­tine as a typ­i­cal eighthour work­day. He wakes up at five in the morn­ing and ends his work at sun­set—the only dif­fer­ence is that he gets to have an ex­tra hour off for siesta.

This artist may be holed up most days and ab­sorbed in his own brand of sci­ence, but he keeps abreast of cur­rent events. “You can’t be iso­lated if you live in a cave like mine. You have to be rel­e­vant,” he re­torts.

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