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