Handcrafted with Love

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At Studio Asobi, we believe that there is a place in this world for beautiful creations crafted by hand – slowly, lovingly and uniquely.

Our clay vessels each bear a name and a little haiku, and just as we have enjoyed making them, we hope that they bring the same joy to whoever holds and uses them.

The pictures below are a glimpse of our pottery works and creative process. Larger sculptures and installations can be found here.

We welcome you to join our pottery journey too, with our individual workshops, corporate sessions, regular classes, or volunteering.

學了幾個月的書法, 終於做了一個墨器給自己。從很小的時候,我就對寫字感興趣, 但沒什麼機會正式的學。

去年我終於下定決心, 不要再蹉跎歲月,就報名上課吧!不久後, 竟然就碰上了阻斷措施; 必須停課。這幾個月來, 雖然如今的字還很多瑕疵和不協調, 但畢竟是堅持了下來。為此我感恩!

有此追求, 給了我一股新勁。很享受回到做學生的感覺, 從學習中悟出人生與美學的規律。今天做完了功課,很開心♥️

#書法 #美學 #寫字 #陶冶性情 #asobi #studioasobi

學了幾個月的書法, 終於做了一個墨器給自己。從很小的時候,我就對寫字感興趣, 但沒什麼機會正式的學。

去年我終於下定決心, 不要再蹉跎歲月,就報名上課吧!不久後, 竟然就碰上了阻斷措施; 必須停課。這幾個月來, 雖然如今的字還很多瑕疵和不協調, 但畢竟是堅持了下來。為此我感恩!

有此追求, 給了我一股新勁。很享受回到做學生的感覺, 從學習中悟出人生與美學的規律。今天做完了功課,很開心♥️

#書法 #美學 #寫字 #陶冶性情 #asobi #studioasobi
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Starting the new year with the Asobi spirit! 

It may not look like anything very special right now, but if things go right, this will be the very first handle-less, double-walled teapot in the world! Or at least in our home haha.

If things go wrong, we will have a little explosion in our kiln and a shattered vessel, as has happened to several of our previous double wall attempts.

But there's nothing like a little adventure to remind ourselves what Asobi means, and to whet our appetite for a year of new discoveries!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #doublewall #teapot #2021

Starting the new year with the Asobi spirit!

It may not look like anything very special right now, but if things go right, this will be the very first handle-less, double-walled teapot in the world! Or at least in our home haha.

If things go wrong, we will have a little explosion in our kiln and a shattered vessel, as has happened to several of our previous double wall attempts.

But there's nothing like a little adventure to remind ourselves what Asobi means, and to whet our appetite for a year of new discoveries!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #doublewall #teapot #2021
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Christmas day may be over but that's no reason to take down the lights, put away the tree and stop the snow! For the birth of Jesus marks for us not the end of the year, but the beginning of life.

And talking about beginnings, for the first time in our little tradition of chalkboard Christmas trees, this beautiful painting wasn't done by us. It was painted by Liv, a lovely young lady who recently joined our team. Prior to this year, we were confident that we wouldn't hire anyone, as we were not at all interested in running a bigger business. But as we reflected about our blessed journey these 6 years, especially in the light of this pandemic that has upended the lives of many people, we felt that God was nudging us to take our adventure in a slightly different direction and to travel alongside some fellow sojourners.

Who knows what God has in store for us, and for Liv, in 2021? But maybe it's enough to know that God is with us every step of the way!

So here's to new beginnings, wherever you are in your own journey!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #christmas #beginning #christ #chalkboard #painting #mural

Christmas day may be over but that's no reason to take down the lights, put away the tree and stop the snow! For the birth of Jesus marks for us not the end of the year, but the beginning of life.

And talking about beginnings, for the first time in our little tradition of chalkboard Christmas trees, this beautiful painting wasn't done by us. It was painted by Liv, a lovely young lady who recently joined our team. Prior to this year, we were confident that we wouldn't hire anyone, as we were not at all interested in running a bigger business. But as we reflected about our blessed journey these 6 years, especially in the light of this pandemic that has upended the lives of many people, we felt that God was nudging us to take our adventure in a slightly different direction and to travel alongside some fellow sojourners.

Who knows what God has in store for us, and for Liv, in 2021? But maybe it's enough to know that God is with us every step of the way!

So here's to new beginnings, wherever you are in your own journey!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #christmas #beginning #christ #chalkboard #painting #mural
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Made and recycled a little vase just for fun, with some leftover clay from our wheel-throwing trial session.

It's a wonderful feeling to relax and have a bit of fun while working!

Made and recycled a little vase just for fun, with some leftover clay from our wheel-throwing trial session.

It's a wonderful feeling to relax and have a bit of fun while working!
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We don't often do things like these, but that's why we like to take on interesting commissions! This is a sample wall tile for a client, in preparation for our co-creation workshop tomorrow.

Had lots of fun with the fungi and snails!

We don't often do things like these, but that's why we like to take on interesting commissions! This is a sample wall tile for a client, in preparation for our co-creation workshop tomorrow.

Had lots of fun with the fungi and snails!
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Work In Progress. Harvested some fresh moss for little personal project after a lovely playdate with my 20 year old friend.

Ok... More like friend from 20 years ago...we are all so old!

Those two years in junior college were probably the least productive years in my life. I spent the bulk of my mental capacity trying unsuccessfully to be cool, wishing unsuccessfully to be in a relationship like everyone else around me, and working abortively towards medical school.

But it was also during this time when I crossed paths with a small number of schoolmates with whom I would forge the deepest of friendships many years later. Till today, I have hardly any close friends besides Huiwen. It's not that I don't meet people - over the past few years we have spent a great deal of time with friends, both through church and through Studio Asobi. But, perhaps ironically, it is still these few people with whom I have hardly met in recent years, who have the fullest picture of the person I really am.

I don't think I have changed much over the years, but I suppose my junior college days were when I was the most careless about guarding my emotions and behavior. The older I got, the more I learned about how to act appropriately, talk appropriately. My heart, which used to be worn on my sleeve, gradually retreated till it could only really be fully expressed in the privacy of our home, between the two of us.

And so there is only this handful of people who really know who I am, by virtue of having known me through those two heady years of youth, and still considering me a friend after two decades.

... Moss takes a long time to grow, and doesn't look particularly striking, but it just gives you that soft, fuzzy feeling doesn't it?

How about you? Who would you consider your deepest friends, and why?

Work In Progress. Harvested some fresh moss for little personal project after a lovely playdate with my 20 year old friend.

Ok... More like friend from 20 years ago...we are all so old!

Those two years in junior college were probably the least productive years in my life. I spent the bulk of my mental capacity trying unsuccessfully to be cool, wishing unsuccessfully to be in a relationship like everyone else around me, and working abortively towards medical school.

But it was also during this time when I crossed paths with a small number of schoolmates with whom I would forge the deepest of friendships many years later. Till today, I have hardly any close friends besides Huiwen. It's not that I don't meet people - over the past few years we have spent a great deal of time with friends, both through church and through Studio Asobi. But, perhaps ironically, it is still these few people with whom I have hardly met in recent years, who have the fullest picture of the person I really am.

I don't think I have changed much over the years, but I suppose my junior college days were when I was the most careless about guarding my emotions and behavior. The older I got, the more I learned about how to act appropriately, talk appropriately. My heart, which used to be worn on my sleeve, gradually retreated till it could only really be fully expressed in the privacy of our home, between the two of us.

And so there is only this handful of people who really know who I am, by virtue of having known me through those two heady years of youth, and still considering me a friend after two decades.

... Moss takes a long time to grow, and doesn't look particularly striking, but it just gives you that soft, fuzzy feeling doesn't it?

How about you? Who would you consider your deepest friends, and why?
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There is quite an intimate relationship that exists between technical proficiency and creativity.

Today, as I was preparing to make my glaze test tiles on the wheel, I suddenly had a thought - why not make a double-ringed form so that I can produce almost twice the number of tiles with pretty much the same effort? Before this, I would just make two separate rings and cut them individually. Still ok but less efficient and less satisfying!

This thought certainly wouldn't have occured had I not spent a significant amount of time practicing throwing double-walled vessels (for other purposes). And so this little moment today reminds me that there is really a benefit to practicing over and over again, even if right now we don't fully see the purposes of our efforts. And at the same time, I believe there is also great value in daydreaming and having a (healthy) level of "joyful discontent" for whatever we are doing!

...and now I just need to figure out how to cut these rings up so that the outer tiles don't end up way bigger than the inner tiles!

There is quite an intimate relationship that exists between technical proficiency and creativity.

Today, as I was preparing to make my glaze test tiles on the wheel, I suddenly had a thought - why not make a double-ringed form so that I can produce almost twice the number of tiles with pretty much the same effort? Before this, I would just make two separate rings and cut them individually. Still ok but less efficient and less satisfying!

This thought certainly wouldn't have occured had I not spent a significant amount of time practicing throwing double-walled vessels (for other purposes). And so this little moment today reminds me that there is really a benefit to practicing over and over again, even if right now we don't fully see the purposes of our efforts. And at the same time, I believe there is also great value in daydreaming and having a (healthy) level of "joyful discontent" for whatever we are doing!

...and now I just need to figure out how to cut these rings up so that the outer tiles don't end up way bigger than the inner tiles!
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Today we were visited by a lovely (and disproportionately artistic) family of 5. So precious to share our morning with people who enjoy being together, and playing together!

Today we were visited by a lovely (and disproportionately artistic) family of 5. So precious to share our morning with people who enjoy being together, and playing together! ...

SEE YOU LATTE
When the clouds drift in
And sprinkle the earth with mist
We'll have another

These two vessels, with their muted glazes, just fills me with such peace and warmth. I remember those days, before we could call it love, when I would just sit there savoring the moments with you and feeling so content. When time stood still because time didn't matter at all.

No moments last forever, but even those that have drifted past us can be savoured again - sometimes in a quiet stroll together, sometimes with a warm drink, sometimes as we close our eyes and dream, side by side.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #love #cups #memories #cream #glaze

SEE YOU LATTE
When the clouds drift in
And sprinkle the earth with mist
We'll have another

These two vessels, with their muted glazes, just fills me with such peace and warmth. I remember those days, before we could call it love, when I would just sit there savoring the moments with you and feeling so content. When time stood still because time didn't matter at all.

No moments last forever, but even those that have drifted past us can be savoured again - sometimes in a quiet stroll together, sometimes with a warm drink, sometimes as we close our eyes and dream, side by side.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #love #cups #memories #cream #glaze
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Perhaps somewhere on Mars, it looks like this too? :)

Help us stretch our imaginations and expand our minds by sharing interesting social media accounts you follow in the comments section below! Those that are whimsical, experimental; those that make you wanna go make something of your own! 

P.S. Doesn't have to be just pottery related 😄 Thank you in advance! :) 

#imagination #imaginative #experimental #making #whimsical

Perhaps somewhere on Mars, it looks like this too? :)

Help us stretch our imaginations and expand our minds by sharing interesting social media accounts you follow in the comments section below! Those that are whimsical, experimental; those that make you wanna go make something of your own!

P.S. Doesn't have to be just pottery related 😄 Thank you in advance! :)

#imagination #imaginative #experimental #making #whimsical
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Nice to have some space to try out fun things! WIP double-walled, two-piece, differently-fired mushroom vessel which, will be the constantly moist substrate for some wild moss. 

At least that's the plan!

Nice to have some space to try out fun things! WIP double-walled, two-piece, differently-fired mushroom vessel which, will be the constantly moist substrate for some wild moss.

At least that's the plan!
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Playing with new forms

#asobi #play #experimentation #contemporaryceramics #modernceramics #pottery #clay #studioasobi

Playing with new forms

#asobi #play #experimentation #contemporaryceramics #modernceramics #pottery #clay #studioasobi
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Made this little vessel out of leftover clay from our workshop, to try out some carving techniques. It wasn't particularly spectacular, so we used it to try out a glaze, and then we thought it could be quite useful as a pen/brush holder. So now it has left the shelves, and arrived at our table.

I realize that over the years, it is usually these random, average looking clay vessels that we end up using the most, and loving the most.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #jarsofclay #love #worth #vase

Made this little vessel out of leftover clay from our workshop, to try out some carving techniques. It wasn't particularly spectacular, so we used it to try out a glaze, and then we thought it could be quite useful as a pen/brush holder. So now it has left the shelves, and arrived at our table.

I realize that over the years, it is usually these random, average looking clay vessels that we end up using the most, and loving the most.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #jarsofclay #love #worth #vase
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(Backbreaking) Work In Progress!

(Backbreaking) Work In Progress! ...