Mindanao State University - Ceramics Development center

Ceramics Development Center

About The Ceramics Center

The FFI – MSU Ceramics Development Center was organized & established during the Acting Presidency of the late Governor ALI DIMAPORO under the support of the Filipinas Foundation Inc. (FFI). However, for decades, the FFI has never supported the Center. From then on, its mandate on ceramics and pottery production has gradually diminished despite its available workforce. Henceforth, the renaming of FFI Ceramics was proposed by the newly appointed Director of the Center, Engr. Acsara A. Gumal to MSU Ceramics Development Center was approved during the APC meeting on September 13, 2018.

Former President Dr. Habib Watamama Macaayong revived the functions and mandate of the Center. Along with his designation as Director of the Center on August 21, 2018, Engr. Acsara A. Gumal, Ph.D., has been given the same responsibility to revive the Center’s function.

And with the continued support of the current MSU System President, Atty. Basari Dimakuta Mapupuno, the Center hopes to reach greater heights and becomes the Center of the Ceramics Industry in the region.


              The office of the President envisions a culture of excellence that steers by transparency and accountability in public service and consecrates its day-to-day efforts to the realization of the MSUS transcendent vision and mission.


               To provide leadership that inspires, changes, and propels the system, through commitment to good governance, towards the fulfillment of the vision of MSUS, the premier supra-regional University in MINSUPALA – the holistic development of man – and its mission, the attainment of sustained peace and development in the region.


  1. The utilization of the natural resources of the Lanao provinces and help develop its human resources. This may gradually expand to other areas in Mindanao populated by other relatively under- developed cultural communities.
  2. The development and promotion of the clay-based industry in the City of Marawi and province of Lanao del Sur through effective transfer of technology, to develop the Indigenous populace to eventually establish the industry into a viable economic activity in its respective localities;
  3. The provision of low-cost substitute housing construction materials to enable local residents to have better shelters as envisioned in the National Housing Authority program of the national government;
  4. The generation of adequate income and employment opportunities for the less-developed cultural communities in Mindanao, most particularly in the Lake Lanao region.
  5. The improvement and development in the long run the socio-economic condition of the communities of Mindanao through the concept of appropriate indigenous technology and finally,
  6. The preservation and development of indigenous Meranao aesthetic art forms and design through ceramics ware and craft.


  1. To develop and promote the clay-based industry in the City of Marawi and the province of Lanao del Sur.
  2. To conduct research on the native designs of ceramics, and continuously improve and upgrade ceramics wares.
  3. To offer regular training courses in ceramics works and industry to the Meranao Muslims and interested IP’s from among the students, faculty and staff of MSU.
  • "Acsie" - Engr. Acsara A. Gumal, Ph.DDirector II
  • "Jho" - Engr. Johari M. Raki-in, CerE, CGMEngineer - I/Laboratory Supervisor
  • "Rax" - Rachma S. Sarip, CGMURA - II
  • "Babat" - Abdulqahhar D. YussophDraftsman - II
  • "Camar" - Camarodin P. CamamaAdministrative Aide I
  • Abdulqayyum D. DaromimbangAdministrative Aide I
  • Jovanie A. GampolocAdministrative Aide I
  • Saidaliah S. Hadji AmerAdministrative Aide I
  • Mahdi Jr. M. MarohombsarAdministrative Aide III
  • Sittie Almiera M. GuroAdministrative Aide V
  • Mahid M. MonteAdministrative Aide IV
  • Kerwin U. RosendoAdministrative Aide I


Services Offered In The Center

Center’s Contact Info

Engr. Johari M. Raki-in, CerE, CGM

Macarambon Hall, 1st Street,

Mindanao State University
Marawi City, Philippines

+63 9558570303

Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Social Info

  • Ceramics Development Access Center
  • Ceramics/Pottery Production
  • Technology transfer programs
  • Ceramics Collaboration Hub
  • Local ceramics materials exploration research






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Lanao Deaf Community set to have a training for ceramics production in the MSU - CERAMICS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The MSU-CDC proudly announces its outreach initiative, welcoming all to join our extension services. On August 17th, we extend a warm invitation to the LANAO DEAF COMMUNITY of Lanao Del Sur Province. We aim to impart valuable knowledge on product creation, featuring slip casting techniques, body forming through slabbing/coiling, and the art of painting and carving intricate designs. We aspire to bridge creativity and community through this endeavor, fostering skills and connections. Join us as we share our expertise, building a vibrant artistic expression and growth platform. Together, let us shape a brighter future through the art of pottery.

Since 2021, the MSU-CDC has, for the first time since its creation, introduced the creation of black Pottery, a unique product achieved through meticulous smoking processes. This technique allows carbon to permeate the Pottery’s upper layer, creating its distinctive ebony shade. The transformation, driven by the FeO3 + C = Fe3C + CO conversion, lends the Pottery its alluring darkness. The success of this innovation owes itself to the unwavering dedication of the MSU-CDC workforce, whose commitment has brought this exceptional product to life.


Did you know the raw materials formulated in the CDC?

The formulation of the products of the ceramic development center is 100 per cent eco-friendly and made of local materials.  It is formulated from Clay, RHA (Rice husk Ash), and Quarry sand.

MSU - CDC Participated in SUC Fair 2022

MSU - CDC participated in Filipino Inventors week on 2021 and won a gold medal under the category of BOOK SALON CATEGORY


Why Visit Here?

Visiting the Ceramics Development Center of the Mindanao State University-Main Campus be a unique and enriching experience for several reasons:

  1. Knowing about the Pottery-Making Process: The MSU – CDC provides a firsthand experience of the pottery-making process. Visitors can learn about the different stages of pottery production, including clay preparation, body forming, Firing, and polishing.
  2. Learning from Expert/s in Ceramics: The center has a resident Ceramic Engineer who can explain the techniques, chemistry, and properties that could help them improve their skills and answer any queries about pottery ceramics.
  3. Personal and Professional Development: Visiting the Center’s studio, the visitors can gain new skills and knowledge related to pottery-making, which can benefit personal hobbies or professional pursuits
  4. Access to Professional Equipment and Resources: The Ceramics Development Center allows access to its equipment for those interested parties. Visitors can take advantage of these resources and learn the new process in ceramics production.
  5. Exposure to Research:  University’s Ceramics Development center studios may be involved in academic research related to ceramics. Visitors can learn about current research projects and how they relate to the production of ceramics.

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