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.

My Neighbour Totoro wasn't a title that particular My Neighbour Totoro wasn't a title that particularly appealed to me. But after my first Studio Ghibli movie (Spirited Away) spirited my heart away, it was only a matter of time before I sat captivated through the magical, profound and uplifting story of My Neighbour Totoro.

Wonder how this one will turn out!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #studioghibli #totoro #workinprogress #commission #yarnbowl

My Neighbour Totoro wasn't a title that particularly appealed to me. But after my first Studio Ghibli movie (Spirited Away) spirited my heart away, it was only a matter of time before I sat captivated through the magical, profound and uplifting story of My Neighbour Totoro.

Wonder how this one will turn out!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #studioghibli #totoro #workinprogress #commission #yarnbowl
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After this long and productive hiatus, where we sp After this long and productive hiatus, where we spent time with each other, with family, with God; where we experimented with clay and glazes; where our eyes were opened to the plight of the disenfranchised in our society, we are finally opening again.

Can't wait to share our adventures with you all, and listen to yours as well! See you soon!

More details can be found on our website: studioasobi.com 😊

#sgworkshops #thingstodoinsg #pottery #reopening

After this long and productive hiatus, where we spent time with each other, with family, with God; where we experimented with clay and glazes; where our eyes were opened to the plight of the disenfranchised in our society, we are finally opening again.

Can't wait to share our adventures with you all, and listen to yours as well! See you soon!

More details can be found on our website: studioasobi.com 😊

#sgworkshops #thingstodoinsg #pottery #reopening
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PAINTDROPS Splashes of colour Swirl in the seas of PAINTDROPS
Splashes of colour
Swirl in the seas of my mind
Waiting to be found

Our first ceramic paint palette! I love those shallow ridges created by the carving tool, and the little specks of impurities scattered across the surface of this handcrafted Vanilla glaze.

Perhaps it's time to make one for myself!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramics #ceramiclife #sgceramics #sgpottery #artisan #pottery #slab #paint #palette #vanilla

PAINTDROPS
Splashes of colour
Swirl in the seas of my mind
Waiting to be found

Our first ceramic paint palette! I love those shallow ridges created by the carving tool, and the little specks of impurities scattered across the surface of this handcrafted Vanilla glaze.

Perhaps it's time to make one for myself!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramics #ceramiclife #sgceramics #sgpottery #artisan #pottery #slab #paint #palette #vanilla
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Work in progress for a ceramic paint palette! #st Work in progress for a ceramic paint palette! 
#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #paint #palette

Work in progress for a ceramic paint palette!
#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #paint #palette
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WIP. Cannot go Japan, can always imagine! #studio WIP. Cannot go Japan, can always imagine!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramics #ceramiclife #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #carving #vase #sakura #commission

WIP. Cannot go Japan, can always imagine!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramics #ceramiclife #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #carving #vase #sakura #commission
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Good to have a home studio when we are stuck at ho Good to have a home studio when we are stuck at home!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #vases #drying #stayhome #staysafe #commission

Good to have a home studio when we are stuck at home!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsingapore #ceramiclife #ceramics #sgceramics #sgpottery #pottery #artisan #vases #drying #stayhome #staysafe #commission
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"Weeping may tarry for the night,
But joy comes with the morning." In the art of Kintsugi, broken pieces are carefully put back together to be made whole again. The scars are not hidden, but they are redeemed by a coat of gold; restoring the vessel not just to its former glory, but transformed into a new beauty.

How comforting is that! Sorrow will turn into joy because the God of all beginnings has also decreed the end.

God will wipe away every tear, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

While we wait for that, He who clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the sparrows shall also take care of those who put their trust in Him.

Have a blessed week ahead! If you would like to know more about this God, PM us!:)
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#kintsugi #pottery #ceramics #maker #culturecare
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<饭碗 。Rice Bowl>

There used to be a phrase called 铁饭碗, i.e. iron rice bowl, which represented a secure paycheck. I do not know what is its antonym, but I suppose 没/空饭碗, i.e. no/empty rice bowl is apt.

In this global covid-19 crisis which has stopped everyone in their tracks, many families' rice bowls are on shaky ground. The UN has also issued a warning about impending famines if action is not quickly taken to address food security issues.

As the earth takes a breather from the pounding, many things which had laid hidden from sight have also now been unveiled.

Undervalued essential service workers. Vulnerable populations. Living conditions of the migrant brothers. Cracks and fractures laid bare for all to see.

It has been so heartening to see Singaporeans rise up to the occasion, with acts of kindness and initiative and compassion. Mercy is what we need to continue. Even if we long to return to "normal" - very few would say the previous normal was good.

What are the things we wish to carry into this new normal? Can we continue to be a people who look for the overlooked, the ones most at risk, the ones who face exploitation and unjust conditions?:) We also need to ask ourselves - have we been unwittingly perpetuating a bad culture? As bosses, as colleagues, as customers, as family members, have we been making life difficult for others when it is in our power to make life more gracious?

It will be a long winter, and my guess is that the circuit breaker will continue in some forms and formats for a lengthier time frame. How shall our studio evolve? There is so much to think about! The winter will be more bearable if we all huddle and keep each other warm:) Jiayou everyone! May God guard and keep you ❤

#sgunited #covidreflections #actjustly #lovemercy #walkhumbly
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“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” - Matthew 26:39

These were the words spoken by Jesus on Maundy Thursday, as He contemplated His impending death by way of crucifixion.

Before this, He had stooped to wash the feet of his disciples and He said: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:34-35

The sinful nature of mankind was laid bare, when an innocent man was flogged, and left hanging to die a slow and humiliating death by being nailed on the cross.

How can something like this be called a GOOD friday? Yet, it was God's will to provide a way out for humans to be reconciled to Him and realigned to His kingdom's values by having a new heart and spirit.

We, as christians don't always live up to this expectation, but don't look to us flawed humans who are all works in progress. Instead, look to Jesus, the Son of God who conquered death by His resurrection on Easter Sunday and who has promised true life to those who believe in Him. He is the one who brings true lasting hope.

We all yearn to go back to "normal life", but truly if we think deeply, there wasn't a lot of normal in pre-Covid-19 days. There was plenty of injustice and greed and exploitation, and a lack of love and respect. There are many things we can turn away from.

This global pause and shakeup is a humbling one which invites us to reimagine and rework society and our own lives into one that overflows into thanksgivings and leave no marginalised behind.

Sending everyone lots of ❤ as we all stay home and keep safe. Peace be with you, and us all! 🙌

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” - Matthew 26:39

These were the words spoken by Jesus on Maundy Thursday, as He contemplated His impending death by way of crucifixion.

Before this, He had stooped to wash the feet of his disciples and He said: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:34-35

The sinful nature of mankind was laid bare, when an innocent man was flogged, and left hanging to die a slow and humiliating death by being nailed on the cross.

How can something like this be called a GOOD friday? Yet, it was God's will to provide a way out for humans to be reconciled to Him and realigned to His kingdom's values by having a new heart and spirit.

We, as christians don't always live up to this expectation, but don't look to us flawed humans who are all works in progress. Instead, look to Jesus, the Son of God who conquered death by His resurrection on Easter Sunday and who has promised true life to those who believe in Him. He is the one who brings true lasting hope.

We all yearn to go back to "normal life", but truly if we think deeply, there wasn't a lot of normal in pre-Covid-19 days. There was plenty of injustice and greed and exploitation, and a lack of love and respect. There are many things we can turn away from.

This global pause and shakeup is a humbling one which invites us to reimagine and rework society and our own lives into one that overflows into thanksgivings and leave no marginalised behind.

Sending everyone lots of ❤ as we all stay home and keep safe. Peace be with you, and us all! 🙌
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Like many others, our studio's classes are also go Like many others, our studio's classes are also going to be closed for a month. In times like these, it was so heartwarming to receive handmade flowers and a handwritten thank you note from two of our workshop participants:) It is such a super sweet gesture! Thank you J & A!

It is likely going to be a long winter for many in various industries, and it has been so heartening to see so many ground-up initiatives that are looking out for one another, especially for those who are hardest hit. Big thanks to our steady government as well, for doing a tough balancing act of keeping its people safe and the economy going.

Stay safe folks and to all my friends who are also affected, big ❤ to you! Special thanks to all the healthcare and sanitary workers who are not able to stay home with their loved ones because they are working super hard for all of our welfare. 🙌

#sgunited #staysafe #spreadlove #lookoutforoneanother

Like many others, our studio's classes are also going to be closed for a month. In times like these, it was so heartwarming to receive handmade flowers and a handwritten thank you note from two of our workshop participants:) It is such a super sweet gesture! Thank you J & A!

It is likely going to be a long winter for many in various industries, and it has been so heartening to see so many ground-up initiatives that are looking out for one another, especially for those who are hardest hit. Big thanks to our steady government as well, for doing a tough balancing act of keeping its people safe and the economy going.

Stay safe folks and to all my friends who are also affected, big ❤ to you! Special thanks to all the healthcare and sanitary workers who are not able to stay home with their loved ones because they are working super hard for all of our welfare. 🙌

#sgunited #staysafe #spreadlove #lookoutforoneanother
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It would have been hard to imagine what "staying h It would have been hard to imagine what "staying home to save lives" could possibly mean in 2019, but around the globe, millions are now doing so in 2020. Real life is stranger than fiction!

In some ways, home has reclaimed its place of importance - a place to retreat into safety; a garden to nurture shoots of relationships. There is now more time to do all the things we didn't have time to tend to.

How are you doing? Are you coping well?

Take heart, the storm will pass! ❤

P.S. Loving this quaint pottery by one of our students watercolouredberries

#sgunited #greatisthyfaithfulness #keepcalmandcreateon

It would have been hard to imagine what "staying home to save lives" could possibly mean in 2019, but around the globe, millions are now doing so in 2020. Real life is stranger than fiction!

In some ways, home has reclaimed its place of importance - a place to retreat into safety; a garden to nurture shoots of relationships. There is now more time to do all the things we didn't have time to tend to.

How are you doing? Are you coping well?

Take heart, the storm will pass! ❤

P.S. Loving this quaint pottery by one of our students watercolouredberries

#sgunited #greatisthyfaithfulness #keepcalmandcreateon
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Catch the light; and pass it on ✨

#加油 #sgunited #nourishyoursouls
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It takes a village to raise a child - we are so th It takes a village to raise a child - we are so thankful for our loving parents ❤

It also takes a village to pull up a carrot - even little elephant has got to help 😂

#creativeengagement #imaginaryplay #sunnyday #thingsgrandparentsdo

It takes a village to raise a child - we are so thankful for our loving parents ❤

It also takes a village to pull up a carrot - even little elephant has got to help 😂

#creativeengagement #imaginaryplay #sunnyday #thingsgrandparentsdo
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