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LANDSCAPE IN PINK Oh how the parched land Waits for the kiss of the rain While the clouds drift low I like crackle glazes. There’s so much beauty in the intricate patterns they create, and yet there is always a sense of quiet sadness, of brokenness that’s silently held in. And so the cracked bed of a dried-up lake is mesmerising in its beauty, even as it desperately yearns to be filled again. #studioasobi #handmade #ceramic #plate #crackle #dried #pink #filled #spirit

LANDSCAPE IN PINK

Oh how the parched land
Waits for the kiss of the rain
While the clouds drift low

I like crackle glazes. There's so much beauty in the intricate patterns they create, and yet there is always a sense of quiet sadness, of brokenness that's silently held in. And so the cracked bed of a dried-up lake is mesmerising in its beauty, even as it desperately yearns to be filled again.

#studioasobi #handmade #ceramic #plate #crackle #dried #pink #filled #spirit

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For a brief moment this afternoon, sunlight streamed into our house and reflected off our broken-marble floor, casting beautiful shadows of these birds onto the wall. These fleeting imprints lasted only for a few minutes, and as I watched them, I was reminded that our lives are really but a passing shadow – for even the greatest human legacies quickly fade away in the relentless tide of time. So I hold fast to the mystery of the cross, by which a mere human can taste eternity. #studioasobi #home #birds #shadows #fleeting #eternity

For a brief moment this afternoon, sunlight streamed into our house and reflected off our broken-marble floor, casting beautiful shadows of these birds onto the wall. These fleeting imprints lasted only for a few minutes, and as I watched them, I was reminded that our lives are really but a passing shadow - for even the greatest human legacies quickly fade away in the relentless tide of time. 
So I hold fast to the mystery of the cross, by which a mere human can taste eternity. 
#studioasobi #home #birds #shadows #fleeting #eternity

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THE GREATER FIRE Were the flames too strong Or was the wound always there Waiting to be found? It looked fine after the first round of bisque firing, so we glazed it and put it back in the kiln for a second time, at a higher glaze-firing temperature. That’s when it happened. And this is the worst kind of crack – the kind that stays hidden after drying, so we can neither try to remedy it nor recycle the clay. The kind that goes all the way through, so we cannot patch it up with glaze and re-fire. The kind that still leaves the plate intact, so we cannot even glue the two pieces back together. The kind that stays forever. So we give it a name and write a haiku for it, just like we do for any of our pieces. And we place it in a place of prominence, to remind ourselves that what is hidden will eventually come to light. And to remind ourselves that God forgives and loves, even when we have to carry those cracks with us for the rest of our lives. #studioasobi #madeinsg #ceramics #plates #crack #wounded #love #forgiveness #white

THE GREATER FIRE
Were the flames too strong
Or was the wound always there 
Waiting to be found?

It looked fine after the first round of bisque firing, so we glazed it and put it back in the kiln for a second time, at a higher glaze-firing temperature. That's when it happened.

And this is the worst kind of crack - the kind that stays hidden after drying, so we can neither try to remedy it nor recycle the clay. The kind that goes all the way through, so we cannot patch it up with glaze and re-fire. The kind that still leaves the plate intact, so we cannot even glue the two pieces back together. The kind that stays forever.

So we give it a name and write a haiku for it, just like we do for any of our pieces. And we place it in a place of prominence, to remind ourselves that what is hidden will eventually come to light. And to remind ourselves that God forgives and loves, even when we have to carry those cracks with us for the rest of our lives.

#studioasobi #madeinsg #ceramics #plates #crack #wounded #love #forgiveness #white

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TREE OF LIGHT For I am the vine You have become My branches So abide in Me When it comes to clay, one never really knows if a piece is going to turn out well, because anything can happen in the kiln. So here’s a pre-firing post by a young and inexperienced potter who, in his fear and uncertainty, remembers his Master Potter for whom nothing is uncertain and from whom every living vessel is created. I am but a tiny branch among many, and one that took decades just to sprout. But I give thanks because now I too belong to Him who fills me with water and quenches the thirst in my spirit. May I always abide in Him, so that I will bear good fruit, and never be cut off. #studioasobi #madeinsg #diffuser #light #ceramics #pottery #potter #unfired #tree #vine #branches #john15

TREE OF LIGHT
For I am the vine
You have become My branches
So abide in Me

When it comes to clay, one never really knows if a piece is going to turn out well, because anything can happen in the kiln. So here's a pre-firing post by a young and inexperienced potter who, in his fear and uncertainty, remembers his Master Potter for whom nothing is uncertain and from whom every living vessel is created.

I am but a tiny branch among many, and one that took decades just to sprout. But I give thanks because now I too belong to Him who fills me with water and quenches the thirst in my spirit. May I always abide in Him, so that I will bear good fruit, and never be cut off.

#studioasobi #madeinsg #diffuser #light #ceramics #pottery #potter #unfired #tree #vine #branches #john15

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捕风捉影 | A chasing after the wind This morning I saw this reflected on our floors. Our blinds were closed, but as they were facing downwards, the bright sun still entered into our living room through the gaps and it was beautiful. A brief moment later, the scene faded. Clouds outside must have temporarily passed over the stream of light. What is vain and what can stand the test of time? Money? Glory? Approval of men? What can bring true lasting joy and fulfillment? Only the things that stand on truth will hold firm when the waves come crashing down. Anything built on moving sands may look sturdy for a while, but it all goes away like the passing glimpse of light when the trials come. The world promises much, but in the end it doesn’t satisfy. 一切乃过眼云烟。There is a far better answer – which is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. And it is our hope, that everyone shall find this answer. #light #Ecclesiastes #reflections #life #faith #hope

捕风捉影 | A chasing after the wind

This morning I saw this reflected on our floors. Our blinds were closed, but as they were facing downwards, the bright sun still entered into our living room through the gaps and it was beautiful. 
A brief moment later, the scene faded. Clouds outside must have temporarily passed over the stream of light. 
What is vain and what can stand the test of time? Money? Glory? Approval of men? What can bring true lasting joy and fulfillment? 
Only the things that stand on truth will hold firm when the waves come crashing down. Anything built on moving sands may look sturdy for a while, but it all goes away like the passing glimpse of light when the trials come. 
The world promises much, but in the end it doesn't satisfy. 一切乃过眼云烟。There is a far better answer - which is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. And it is our hope, that everyone shall find this answer. 
#light #Ecclesiastes #reflections #life #faith #hope

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WHITE AS SNOW It’s warmer inside But there is always time to Step out in the snow For the man who taught me to be strong, who taught me all the skills that I know, and then watched in horror as I skied down a snowy road without permission or supervision, into oncoming traffic…among other equally life threatening escapades. Now that it appears I’m all grown up, it’s time for you to step out into the snow too, breathe in the fresh winter air, and let those legs keep taking you and mummy to places you’ve never been before! #studioasobi #handmade #madeinsg #pottery #gratitude #daddy #snowy #letsgo

WHITE AS SNOW
It's warmer inside
But there is always time to 
Step out in the snow

For the man who taught me to be strong, who taught me all the skills that I know, and then watched in horror as I skied down a snowy road without permission or supervision, into oncoming traffic...among other equally life threatening escapades.

Now that it appears I'm all grown up, it's time for you to step out into the snow too, breathe in the fresh winter air, and let those legs keep taking you and mummy to places you've never been before!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsg  #pottery #gratitude #daddy #snowy #letsgo

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Running large workshops can be a little daunting at times, but being among fellow brothers and sisters in Christ definitely takes away the stress! Really blessed to be able to share our craft, our joy and our meditations with the Lay Ministry Staff from the Methodist Church’s Chinese Annual Conference. And to see the beautiful vessels emerging from the hands of these lovely artists. #studioasobi #pottery #handmade #workshop #methodist #church #singapore #jarsofclay

Running large workshops can be a little daunting at times, but being among fellow brothers and sisters in Christ definitely takes away the stress! Really blessed to be able to share our craft, our joy and our meditations with the Lay Ministry Staff from the Methodist Church's Chinese Annual Conference. And to see the beautiful vessels emerging from the hands of these lovely artists. 
#studioasobi #pottery #handmade #workshop #methodist #church #singapore #jarsofclay

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ON DIFFERENT SOIL Though lands be many Still wherever He sows me In faith I shall grow These two vessels commissioned by a group of overseas Singaporeans are made using the nerikomi technique of fusing different clays together, symbolizing the different environments (or soils) we have grown up in across the various stages of our lives. Each place has its unique nature, and each has played an indelible part in shaping us into who we are today. But perhaps there is also something inside us, something deeper and greater than the sum of our backgrounds and experiences, that continues to mould us and refine us into the beautiful vessels that we will eventually become. So that wherever we go, there we will thrive. And wherever we are planted, there we will flourish. #studioasobi #ceramics #handmade #madeinsg #nerikomi #foreignsoil #bloomwhereyouareplanted

ON DIFFERENT SOIL
Though lands be many
Still wherever He sows me
In faith I shall grow

These two vessels commissioned by a group of overseas Singaporeans are made using the nerikomi technique of fusing different clays together, symbolizing the different environments (or soils) we have grown up in across the various stages of our lives. Each place has its unique nature, and each has played an indelible part in shaping us into who we are today. But perhaps there is also something inside us, something deeper and greater than the sum of our backgrounds and experiences, that continues to mould us and refine us into the beautiful vessels that we will eventually become. So that wherever we go, there we will thrive. And wherever we are planted, there we will flourish. 
#studioasobi #ceramics #handmade #madeinsg #nerikomi #foreignsoil #bloomwhereyouareplanted

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