Ceramic artist Siegrid Bangyayis a native of Sagada, Mt. Province and a member of the Applai Kankanaey indigenous group. She started making stoneware pottery at the age of 21, under the tutelage of American ceramic artist Archie Stapleton, and has practiced the craft for over 20 years.
Siegrid’s pieces range from kitchenware like mugs, teapots, and jars to original sculptures. The clay and most glaze ingredients she uses in her pottery are local materials from the mountains of Sagada which she gathers and mixes herself. Each batch has a slightly different composition, and each piece responds differently to the firing and glazing process, which is why no two pieces are alike and no piece can be exactly duplicated.
Blending influences from her own indigenous culture and from the natural environment in the mountains of the Central Cordillera, Siegrid’s pottery is characterized across its spectrum by its grace of form and the purity and texture of the indigenous glazes.
Her work has been displayed in over 20 exhibits, including shows at the Ayala Museum, the Pinto Gallery, the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, USA, and many others. She is a regular exhibitor at the annual Art in the Park and MaArte Fair exhibits in Makati.