Thank you Backpack Singapore for your feature story on Studio Asobi! It’s really great that you guys are putting together all these interesting things of Singapore for those who wish to discover more:) Glad you all had fun playing with clay at our pottery workshop and what a pretty piece Daniel made!
Slowing down a little not only gives us happiness but also gives us a chance to bond with our friends! Yesterday at our first corporate workshop, we hosted a team from Amex who took time off from their busy schedules to have fun together and refresh themselves with some clay therapy. As our minds relax, our creative souls start to surface, and this can be seen from all the wonderful little masterpieces that emerged!
We love running pottery workshops because we always meet interesting new friends and they in turn inspire us with their creativity! Watching the participants pinch their way to express what is beauty in their hearts is always such a joy.
While some of the amazing designs we saw yesterday were intentional, others emerged from little accidents along the way :) Isn’t that what life is all about? Sometimes we row the boat, sometimes life carries us along, like a dream.
We are happy you all had lots of fun and got your hands dirty while trying out the electric wheel. Looking forward to fire up each of your creations and seeing you all again!
Asobi (遊び) means play in Japanese. It also means journey or to wander in Mandarin. The pictorial form of this character 遊 depicts a journey (巡行) with a flag (旗）and a student (学子). It represents how people used to go on boat journeys to observe and learn from different places in the olden days. It is interesting how it came to embody an element of play when the character is incorporated into the Japanese language. Perhaps this is indicative of how journeys are inherently fun by nature! This word holds a lot of meaning for us and hence we have adopted this as our studio name to represent our story.
I have always been a fan of Chinese Calligraphy as there is a certain spirit imbued within the moment of writing, which is captured on paper with ink. The thought of trying out calligraphy has been swirling in my mind for some time and I finally got hold of some paper, ink and brush yesterday. What I felt at the moment, I transferred to my brush. In many ways, it is like how I work with clay. I find it easiest to create when I immerse myself into the moment when it is just me and the way the clay is responding to my hands.
I have not taken any lessons in calligraphy and hence the writing is raw. I decided to give it a go nonetheless, because this is what asobi is about to me – to have a free spirit of experimentation and not be daunted by the unknown. Like the ancient student sitting on the boat going on a voyage of learning, it is exciting to find our way in this world and to choose where to dock.
2014 is coming to an end, and a new beginning awaits in 2015. May you continue to enjoy your personal voyage through life!
Clay is older than man. Moulded through the ages by the wind and waters, each minute grain has seen countless lives come and go; has seen dynasties rise and fall. Has seen suffering, and joy. And hate, and love.
In the beginning,
after light was separated from darkness;
after the sky was lifted up from the sea;
after the ground sprouted seeds and fruits;
after a greater light and a lesser light were formed to govern day and night;
After creatures in the sea swam and creatures in the sky took flight;