The beauty of experimentation lies in the fact that there are risks of failure, but at the same time, also possibilities for unexpected discoveries. We discovered this beautiful pattern, which looks like the iris of the eye of a majestic animal, and we also found a cup stuck onto our kiln shelf as the glaze was too flowy. Such is life! Time and chance happens to all man, or kiln shelves for that matter :p . . #experimentation #discovery #handmade #pottery #clay #ceramic #glazes #colours #harefur #madeinsg #studioasobi #singapore #art

The beauty of experimentation lies in the fact that there are risks of failure, but at the same time, also possibilities for unexpected discoveries. 
We discovered this beautiful pattern, which looks like the iris of the eye of a majestic animal, and we also found a cup stuck onto our kiln shelf as the glaze was too flowy. Such is life! Time and chance happens to all man, or kiln shelves for that matter :p .
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#experimentation #discovery #handmade #pottery #clay #ceramic #glazes #colours #harefur #madeinsg #studioasobi #singapore #art

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Often times, our workshop participants come without any art or pottery experience and they would wonder aloud about whether they would make a mess of their first attempt. We always say to them that clay is a perfect medium for experimentation and the works would turn out just fine:) We know that because from our experience, more often than not, they would turn out looking very pretty like these ones! #pottery #workshop #clay #ceramics #sgworkshops #livingclay #studioasobi #singapore #madeinsg #handmade #craft #art #experimentation

Often times, our workshop participants come without any art or pottery experience and they would wonder aloud about whether they would make a mess of their first attempt. 
We always say to them that clay is a perfect medium for experimentation and the works would turn out just fine:) We know that because from our experience, more often than not, they would turn out looking very pretty like these ones! 
#pottery #workshop #clay #ceramics #sgworkshops #livingclay #studioasobi #singapore #madeinsg #handmade #craft #art #experimentation

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Meaning of Asobi

Calligraphy

 

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!

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!