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.

Once in awhile we find some time to make some things for ourselves! If all goes well, this is going to be a tray for our washing liquid and hand soap in the kitchen, with the little winding river helping to drain water into our sink!

Once in awhile we find some time to make some things for ourselves! If all goes well, this is going to be a tray for our washing liquid and hand soap in the kitchen, with the little winding river helping to drain water into our sink! ...

Father son bonding time. Our little boy working the earth just like us! Posting this from under a shelter at Bishan Park after getting caught in a thunderstorm cos both of us didn't look at the sky.

That was supposed to be mummy's job...

Father son bonding time. Our little boy working the earth just like us! Posting this from under a shelter at Bishan Park after getting caught in a thunderstorm cos both of us didn't look at the sky.

That was supposed to be mummy's job...
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WHITE  DARK
First bitter, then sweet?
Let's agree to disagree
But give me a bite

She likes dark chocolate, I like white. Milk chocolate is a rather unsatisfactory compromise. When I buy chocolates, I always buy dark, because it brings a smile to her face.

She likes to work hard first, then have fun. I like to have fun first, then take a nap. When there is work to be done, she always gets it done.

I love my wife.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #coffee #chocolate
#love #marriage

WHITE DARK
First bitter, then sweet?
Let's agree to disagree
But give me a bite

She likes dark chocolate, I like white. Milk chocolate is a rather unsatisfactory compromise. When I buy chocolates, I always buy dark, because it brings a smile to her face.

She likes to work hard first, then have fun. I like to have fun first, then take a nap. When there is work to be done, she always gets it done.

I love my wife.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #coffee #chocolate
#love #marriage
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It's really fun for us when our students bravely play with our glazes, often in ways which we might not have done. And so in many ways we are learning as well, from those who call us their teachers!

Thank you Irene for persevering through this complex piece, it was worth it!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #workshops #glazes #teapot

It's really fun for us when our students bravely play with our glazes, often in ways which we might not have done. And so in many ways we are learning as well, from those who call us their teachers!

Thank you Irene for persevering through this complex piece, it was worth it!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #workshops #glazes #teapot
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What is in a name? Still work in progress and we really don't know how this might turn out because we have never done anything like it before, but I really delight in the serendipitous nature of this request (out of nowhere and by the most unlikely of customers) to sculpt a chinese hairpin, just as we were watching 倚天屠龙记 where 赵敏 gifts her hairpin to 张无忌.

Surely someone plans for these things to happen!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #hairpin #hairstick #name

What is in a name? Still work in progress and we really don't know how this might turn out because we have never done anything like it before, but I really delight in the serendipitous nature of this request (out of nowhere and by the most unlikely of customers) to sculpt a chinese hairpin, just as we were watching 倚天屠龙记 where 赵敏 gifts her hairpin to 张无忌.

Surely someone plans for these things to happen!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #hairpin #hairstick #name
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As part of our intro hand-building workshops, we give our participants a brief hands on trial at the electric wheel where they would make little cups off a single lump of clay.

It is really quite satisfying to watch the clay getting formed into different shapes in the hands of our guests, many of whole have never touched clay before, much less the electric wheel. Without the influence of technique, design or templates, these simple but unique forms bear the mark of each guest's unique hand shapes, as well as their feelings at that particular moment.

Not all are nice and round like these three. Some have little swirls where a finger gets caught in the spinning clay. Others have undulating rims due to uneven application of strength during the pulling process. But all are beautiful.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #workshops #potterswheel #throwing

As part of our intro hand-building workshops, we give our participants a brief hands on trial at the electric wheel where they would make little cups off a single lump of clay.

It is really quite satisfying to watch the clay getting formed into different shapes in the hands of our guests, many of whole have never touched clay before, much less the electric wheel. Without the influence of technique, design or templates, these simple but unique forms bear the mark of each guest's unique hand shapes, as well as their feelings at that particular moment.

Not all are nice and round like these three. Some have little swirls where a finger gets caught in the spinning clay. Others have undulating rims due to uneven application of strength during the pulling process. But all are beautiful.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #workshops #potterswheel #throwing
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My grandmother doesn't understand the term ceramic artist. The only way she can frame my profession in her mind and words is as a "zoh bua wah eh" (one who makes plates and bowls). And consequently, a "buay tan jia" (one who can't earn enough to eat). And I must say that while it feels somewhat more attractive or legitimate to be known as a ceramic artist, I find it hard to label myself in that way either!

I am a craftsman, a potter, one who makes plates and bowls. I enjoy making beautiful things, and I am joyful when they turn out beautiful. I enjoy putting my feelings, thoughts and faith into my vessels, and I am joyful when they find resonance in others. I like to use my hands, even when machines can accomplish the same things much quicker. And I am joyful that my human hands can make vessels that look exactly the same, or totally different.

I find it hard to label myself as a creative or an artist because I feel like these labels create a sense of vocational exclusivity for what seem to me more like innate qualities - universally present in humanity. I deeply want to believe that we are all creative in different ways, and all artistic in different ways, whether or not we know it or desire it or use it.

Or maybe it's because I don't feel talented enough to call myself an artist, I don't know. Well, neither am I very proficient or prolific as a craftsman anyway! What I do know is that I enjoy what I do, and I feel alive doing it. And I draw strength and comfort and inspiration from the fact that our Saviour, who could have taken any form and done anything He wanted, became a craftsman.

My grandmother doesn't understand the term ceramic artist. The only way she can frame my profession in her mind and words is as a "zoh bua wah eh" (one who makes plates and bowls). And consequently, a "buay tan jia" (one who can't earn enough to eat). And I must say that while it feels somewhat more attractive or legitimate to be known as a ceramic artist, I find it hard to label myself in that way either!

I am a craftsman, a potter, one who makes plates and bowls. I enjoy making beautiful things, and I am joyful when they turn out beautiful. I enjoy putting my feelings, thoughts and faith into my vessels, and I am joyful when they find resonance in others. I like to use my hands, even when machines can accomplish the same things much quicker. And I am joyful that my human hands can make vessels that look exactly the same, or totally different.

I find it hard to label myself as a creative or an artist because I feel like these labels create a sense of vocational exclusivity for what seem to me more like innate qualities - universally present in humanity. I deeply want to believe that we are all creative in different ways, and all artistic in different ways, whether or not we know it or desire it or use it.

Or maybe it's because I don't feel talented enough to call myself an artist, I don't know. Well, neither am I very proficient or prolific as a craftsman anyway! What I do know is that I enjoy what I do, and I feel alive doing it. And I draw strength and comfort and inspiration from the fact that our Saviour, who could have taken any form and done anything He wanted, became a craftsman.
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TAKE UP YOUR CROSS
Can you feel the weight
Lifted off that weary back
As you follow Him?

We carry many weights around. Some are physical, some are emotional, and some weigh us down without us even knowing that they are there.

Years back, hunched over by the unbearable load on my back, I found a cross and thought I'd carry it anyway, since I was already almost on my knees. Never did I expect that in lifting this cross, I could stand straight again.

Thank You for bearing the weight of the world upon Your shoulders. And for finding me.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #cross #plate #commission #takeupyourcross

TAKE UP YOUR CROSS
Can you feel the weight
Lifted off that weary back
As you follow Him?

We carry many weights around. Some are physical, some are emotional, and some weigh us down without us even knowing that they are there.

Years back, hunched over by the unbearable load on my back, I found a cross and thought I'd carry it anyway, since I was already almost on my knees. Never did I expect that in lifting this cross, I could stand straight again.

Thank You for bearing the weight of the world upon Your shoulders. And for finding me.

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #cross #plate #commission #takeupyourcross
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First time carving such large strokes into a wheel-thrown vessel. Quite a liberating feeling!

First time carving such large strokes into a wheel-thrown vessel. Quite a liberating feeling! ...

FIGHTING FISH - This is one of Tobie's first intentional paintings (on the back of his national day flag), and as he painted he kept remarking, "So colourful!" 

And in English, no less. For a 95% Mandarin speaking boy, he must have been very impressed with his creation!

So here's a little break from pottery pictures, and a glimpse of our journey as a family. We honestly don't spend enough time with Tobie considering we are working from home all the time, and we really wish we had more energy to play with him and nurture him. So these moments are really special to us!

FIGHTING FISH - This is one of Tobie's first intentional paintings (on the back of his national day flag), and as he painted he kept remarking, "So colourful!"

And in English, no less. For a 95% Mandarin speaking boy, he must have been very impressed with his creation!

So here's a little break from pottery pictures, and a glimpse of our journey as a family. We honestly don't spend enough time with Tobie considering we are working from home all the time, and we really wish we had more energy to play with him and nurture him. So these moments are really special to us!
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成长  Growing

Thousand mile voyage
Begins with a first small step
And so a tree grows

As I was making this coiled pot, I was listening to a podcast about awaking wonder in children. 

I looked out to our balcony at the frangipani tree that has stretched its limbs far out into the sunlight. It didn't grow this way overnight; but rather little by little with daily watering, it grew. And so it is with little children, or our big goals in life. We just gotta be consistent to show up daily and put in that part of effort and love. 

This coiled plant pot is a farewell gift commissioned by a team for a country director who is off to her next adventure. We want to give her our best wishes and to the team who will continue to build upon the foundation:) 

#awakingwonder #growth #imagination #handmade #pottery #ceramics #madeinsg #plants #nature #studioasobi

成长 Growing

Thousand mile voyage
Begins with a first small step
And so a tree grows

As I was making this coiled pot, I was listening to a podcast about awaking wonder in children.

I looked out to our balcony at the frangipani tree that has stretched its limbs far out into the sunlight. It didn't grow this way overnight; but rather little by little with daily watering, it grew. And so it is with little children, or our big goals in life. We just gotta be consistent to show up daily and put in that part of effort and love.

This coiled plant pot is a farewell gift commissioned by a team for a country director who is off to her next adventure. We want to give her our best wishes and to the team who will continue to build upon the foundation:)

#awakingwonder #growth #imagination #handmade #pottery #ceramics #madeinsg #plants #nature #studioasobi
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九年了,好感恩啊!

《悠遊陶坊》

夜深人静 独奏的琴
陪随一对 悠遊的心

雪花纷纷 飘雾如梦
轻轻一吻 陶醉一生

喝杯茶 饮杯酒
接个喜 忘个忧
随着风 乘着舟
飘过悦 渡过愁

连着心 牵着手
跨过山 越过丘
依着肩 靠着头
至天长 到地久

晨霜如银 晨光如金
透入一栋 陶坊的厅

时光如梭 岁月如流
只求你我 曾经拥有

喝杯茶 饮杯酒
接个喜 忘个忧
随着风 乘着舟
飘过悦 渡过愁

连着心 牵着手
跨过山 越过丘
依着肩 靠着头
至天长 到地久

九年了,好感恩啊!

《悠遊陶坊》

夜深人静 独奏的琴
陪随一对 悠遊的心

雪花纷纷 飘雾如梦
轻轻一吻 陶醉一生

喝杯茶 饮杯酒
接个喜 忘个忧
随着风 乘着舟
飘过悦 渡过愁

连着心 牵着手
跨过山 越过丘
依着肩 靠着头
至天长 到地久

晨霜如银 晨光如金
透入一栋 陶坊的厅

时光如梭 岁月如流
只求你我 曾经拥有

喝杯茶 饮杯酒
接个喜 忘个忧
随着风 乘着舟
飘过悦 渡过愁

连着心 牵着手
跨过山 越过丘
依着肩 靠着头
至天长 到地久
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Dance dance dance  舞動吧! 

#pottery #ceramics #studioasobi #陶器

Dance dance dance 舞動吧!

#pottery #ceramics #studioasobi #陶器
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