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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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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“Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” – Colossians 4:17 Do you ever wonder why you are put here on earth for a period of time? Do you ever wish you can discover your calling? We sure went through these questions ourselves! :D We met Ps Henson when he came to our church to preach about understanding our kingdom assignments, and that is when we learnt about his ministry – Archippus Awakening. Here is a set of cups that he commissioned as a gift for his editors/translators who were helping him with the Chinese edition of his book:) We love making these meaningful custom gifts as it is art which one can interact with on a daily basis! Have a good week ahead! #archippusawakening #ministry #handmade #pottery #ceramics #art #studioasobi #madeinsg

"Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord." - Colossians 4:17 
Do you ever wonder why you are put here on earth for a period of time? Do you ever wish you can discover your calling? 
We sure went through these questions ourselves! :D We met Ps Henson when he came to our church to preach about understanding our kingdom assignments, and that is when we learnt about his ministry - Archippus Awakening. 
Here is a set of cups that he commissioned as a gift for his editors/translators who were helping him with the Chinese edition of his book:) We love making these meaningful custom gifts as it is art which one can interact with on a daily basis! 
Have a good week ahead! 
#archippusawakening #ministry #handmade #pottery #ceramics #art #studioasobi #madeinsg

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SHEDDING That which I once was So quickly fading away As the Light shines through This bowl took a long time to make. After the many hours spent carving out the delicate clay body, it then sat for months on our shelf awaiting its turn to be glazed while we busied ourselves with more urgent work. Then finally we got back to it, and before we knew it, it was finished. And isn’t this so much like my walk with Christ? In so many areas of my life I’ve allowed myself to be distracted by all sorts of things, when I could have just easily taken that next important step in my faith. Enough of half measures. May the Light shine through all the dark and hidden corners in my life, so that my old self can just fade away and be replaced by what is pure and eternal. #light #shine #porous #perforated #carving #pottery #ceramics #studioasobi

SHEDDING
That which I once was
So quickly fading away
As the Light shines through

This bowl took a long time to make. After the many hours spent carving out the delicate clay body, it then sat for months on our shelf awaiting its turn to be glazed while we busied ourselves with more urgent work. 
Then finally we got back to it, and before we knew it, it was finished. 
And isn't this so much like my walk with Christ? In so many areas of my life I've allowed myself to be distracted by all sorts of things, when I could have just easily taken that next important step in my faith. Enough of half measures. May the Light shine through all the dark and hidden corners in my life, so that my old self can just fade away and be replaced by what is pure and eternal.

#light #shine #porous #perforated #carving #pottery #ceramics #studioasobi

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After working with clay for the past couple of years, I still find it so fascinating that something like the dust of earth can be transformed through fire into an object of beauty and function. The act of carving is so therapeutic and sacred at the same time as you cut away what doesn’t feel right to be there. There is simply a special joy and impulse to work with one’s hands to create, which is inside each human being! :) . . . #happywork #create #craft #art #pottery #clay #ceramics #potter #craftsman #madeinsg #singapore #studioasobi

After working with clay for the past couple of years, I still find it so fascinating that something like the dust of earth can be transformed through fire into an object of beauty and function. 
The act of carving is so therapeutic and sacred at the same time as you cut away what doesn't feel right to be there. 
There is simply a special joy and impulse to work with one's hands to create, which is inside each human being! :) .
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#happywork #create #craft #art #pottery #clay #ceramics #potter #craftsman #madeinsg #singapore #studioasobi

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Such a blessing to have been given this chance to do a pottery workshop for the 20 beautiful kids from Hirono, Fukushima 2 weeks ago. As a Singaporean, I cannot imagine what it must be like to live in the aftermath of a disaster like what these kids have gone through, but through this short experience I have come to realize how resilient the human spirit can be, and how small my problems are compared to what is happening around the world. So thankful for the efforts of Today Is The Day foundation and the organizing team from LaSalle’s Art Management program for this inspiring opportunity, and for the kids from Hirono who have taught us so much in just 3 hours. #studioasobi #ceramics #workshop #pottery #fukushima #hirono #art #therapy

Such a blessing to have been given this chance to do a pottery workshop for the 20 beautiful kids from Hirono, Fukushima 2 weeks ago. As a Singaporean, I cannot imagine what it must be like to live in the aftermath of a disaster like what these kids have gone through, but through this short experience I have come to realize how resilient the human spirit can be, and how small my problems are compared to what is happening around the world.

So thankful for the efforts of Today Is The Day foundation and the organizing team from LaSalle's Art Management program for this inspiring opportunity, and for the kids from Hirono who have taught us so much in just 3 hours.

#studioasobi #ceramics #workshop #pottery #fukushima #hirono #art #therapy

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THERE’S SOMETHING There’s something I want To tell you what’s on my mind You already know Sometimes it’s hard to be a brother to two sisters. I don’t know how to engage in girl talk, and I’m not interested in clothes or bags or shoes or pets. But I thank God for giving me hands that can make things, so I can be useful once in a while! #ceramics #madeinsg #piglet #puglet #handmade #opposites

THERE'S SOMETHING
There's something I want
To tell you what's on my mind
You already know

Sometimes it's hard to be a brother to two sisters. I don't know how to engage in girl talk, and I'm not interested in clothes or bags or shoes or pets. But I thank God for giving me hands that can make things, so I can be useful once in a while! 
#ceramics #madeinsg #piglet #puglet #handmade #opposites

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勿忘初衷 | Forget Me Not We live in a distracting world that beckons to pull us in all different directions and desires. Yet, often when we have found our purpose and goal, we just got to stay focused and single-minded in the pursuit. And not forget our initial love and passion :) P.S. Loving the shadows cast by our plants swaying in the wind! #calligraphy #handmade #pottery #ceramics #tableware #madeinsg #designedinsg #life #musings #purpose #studioasobi #singapore #勿忘初衷

勿忘初衷 | Forget Me Not 
We live in a distracting world that beckons to pull us in all different directions and desires. Yet, often when we have found our purpose and goal, we just got to stay focused and single-minded in the pursuit. And not forget our initial love and passion :) P.S. Loving the shadows cast by our plants swaying in the wind! 
#calligraphy #handmade #pottery #ceramics #tableware #madeinsg #designedinsg #life #musings #purpose #studioasobi #singapore #勿忘初衷

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HERE WITH YOU Though these tattered clothes Can’t stop the rain coming in They will keep you warm This is our very first double walled vessel, and my birthday gift for my beloved wife. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life from the very first moment I met you, and every day after that. There will be ups and downs in this journey together, but I’m not afraid at all because of what we believe in, and because I will be there always to keep you warm in my arms. #studioasobi #madeinsg #doublewall #vessel #warmth #love #birthday #ceramics #pottery

HERE WITH YOU
Though these tattered clothes
Can't stop the rain coming in
They will keep you warm

This is our very first double walled vessel, and my birthday gift for my beloved wife. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life from the very first moment I met you, and every day after that. There will be ups and downs in this journey together, but I'm not afraid at all because of what we believe in, and because I will be there always to keep you warm in my arms.

#studioasobi #madeinsg #doublewall #vessel #warmth #love #birthday #ceramics #pottery

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