Getting to know Kenneth & Huiwen from Studio Asobi
We are an ordinary Singaporean couple who have always wondered (and are still wondering) if there was more to life than what meets the eye. Switching tracks, we currently run a pottery studio from home as part of our journey to discover the true meaning of life.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
How wonderfully mysterious is this verse! It stirred up something deep within us and set us off to explore the great unknown.
Nothing man-made can ever compare with the work of the Creator. The one who made the heavens and the earth and every single amazing living thing. Yet, there is something so special when enjoying an object made by hand over hours of dedicated work. There is this warm spiritual connection with its maker that transcends its physical nature.
How It All Started
From a couple hobby, we soon fell in love with the beauty and versatility of pottery, which is an ancient art form as old as the history of human civilisation. In 2013, Huiwen took a sabbatical and after a pilgrimage of discovery in Tajimi, one of the historical Japanese pottery towns, she decided to take a big step of faith to leave her comfortable corporate career to practice full-time in 2014. Trained in art and architecture, Kenneth has always held a special love for ceramic sculpture, and since joining Huiwen, now helps to chart Studio Asobi’s artistic direction. We are now joined by our toddler Tobie, our first studio assistant:)
Meaning of Asobi
“Asobi (遊び)” means “play” in Japanese. The Kanji word “遊” also translates to “journey” in Mandarin. 遊び心 (asobi kokoro) also means having an open heart. We took to this name as we see life both as a journey of exploration, and also as a joyful adventure. We also believe that play is an under-rated important thing that children and adults alike should engage in more often, and that is where creativity and innovation can flow naturally from.
What We Do
We have been inspired by many amazing creatives in our lives, and we want to embed this spirit of wonder and imagination into our work as well! We lovingly name each vessel we create and weave in the dreamy beauty of haikus into our art. To share our love for pottery, we also run single-session introductory pottery workshops and regular pottery classes as well as team building sessions from our cosy home studio.
We are grateful to God for our lives and so we seek to bless others too. Apart from donating part of our proceeds to charity in the past, we are now using our pottery teaching to bless those in need.
We can’t wait to find out where this adventure will continue to take us!