BANGA VASE / NATURAL
A perfectly-poised vase with a sexy silhouette.
Made exclusively by Philippine Kalinga women, banga (ba-nga) were pots used for cooking, water, food storage and bartering. One daily task was to fetch water from the lowlands and trek through rice fields and mountain sides to return to their village. They would fill banga with water and stack one or several on their heads with the support of a rolled cloth or a “jikon”, a coiled headpiece made from a straw plant “ligis”. Experience and skill determined how many pots they could balance on their heads, and the more pots they could stack, the higher their standing was within the community.
The Banga Dance is inspired by this daily routine. Stacked as many as seven or eight at a time, pots are balanced on the heads of women as they dance to the beat of gongs and the melody of “gangsa", or wind chimes.
Our BANGA (ba-nga) ceramic collection celebrates the strength and agility of women and the grace with which we balance being a provider, lover, creator and friend. Designed as a testament to the Filipina spirit and a symbol for women everywhere who juggle every day challenges with strength and grace. Life: it’s a balancing act.
Available in Black, Natural and Adobe.
Widest opening: 5" diameter
Top opening: 3.25" diameter
ABOUT THE MAKER
Inspired by nuances of the modern and natural world, Los Angeles-based potter Philip Kupferschmidt constantly explores unique approaches to decorative and functional ceramic sculpture. Minimal silhouettes paired with abstract glazes and natural surface treatments result in striking, yet familiar objects. In Philip’s open-air studio, raw clay is hand-wedged and formed. Aired clay is thrown on his kick wheel and meticulously shaped to perfection. After the pieces are bisqued, fired, treated, and dipped in a chosen glaze, he adds the finishing touches with a thoughtful eye before their last firing.
Our products are made by human hands and with natural materials. We believe the slight variations in our pieces are what make them unique and extraordinary.