Potters in Love
We are an ordinary couple who has 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 in Singapore 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. If there is indeed a plan and purpose for each of our lives, we wanted to discover and lean into it.
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8
It is incredible that the Bible describes humans as clay and God, as a Potter who made us. 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 creature. As potters, we catch a glimpse of the heart of our Maker, who tenderly understands the condition and the limits of the clay, while patiently bringing it beyond its basic nature to its potential beauty. Here is a longer theological reflection written by Kenneth – “When the Potter turns worthless clay into a vessel fit for treasure”.
How It All Started
Desiring to find a hobby to spend intentional couple time together, 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 pottery full-time in 2014.
Trained in art and architecture, Kenneth has always held a special love for ceramic sculpture, and he charts Studio Asobi’s artistic direction. Currently, we also have our toddler Tobie as our first studio assistant:)
“Life is full of unexpected moments. But when we enter each day in rhythm with God, every step is an arrival.” – Eugene Peterson
Meaning of Asobi
Asobi (遊び)” means “play” in Japanese, while “遊” translates to “journey” in Mandarin. 遊び心 (asobi kokoro) also means having an open heart. We took to this name for our pottery studio because we see life both as a journey of exploration, and also a joyful adventure. We also believe that play is of great importance to the flourishing of human life, and it is an underrated state of mind that children and adults alike should engage in more often.
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, regular pottery classes, team building sessions as well as spiritual retreats from our cosy home studio.
When we started the studio, we desired to go beyond making good art to also be a blessing to others. As we considered the needs that have come to our attention, we have decided to change the way we give as a studio from pledging a percentage of our proceeds to using our pottery skills to bless those in need. Since Oct 2018, we have been partnering with Healthserve to host a monthly volunteer workshop where we teach pottery and make friends with injured migrant workers. These plans came to a stop due to the COVID-19 situation and we have now taken another step of faith to provide part-time employment for pregnant ladies and young mothers in need.
More about us can be seen in the video below as well as the feature news articles about our studio’s works and journey.