We are so happy that #spotlight won the Best Picture at the #oscars. Because it is a story that needs to be told, and told again 14 years after the news first broke in 2002. Why? Because we grow numb with old news, where our hearts should have remained tender. Because nothing much seemed to have changed from the #Vatican if we look up current news. Because the abuse survivors are still locked up in shame, guilt and in desperate need for justice. How often do we turn the spotlight on things that don’t really matter? How often do we quickly turn the spotlight away, where light needs to linger, in order to cast out evil who lurks in the darkness? How often do we turn the spotlight on ourselves, to search the innermost depths of our beings, and to purge what we wish to lay hidden? In this season of #lent, may #justice and #mercy meet at the center of each and everyone’s heart, just as it did at the #cross so many years ago. May this lead to a #transformation of this world. May #God’s name not continue to be dragged through the mud, by the terrible deeds of man.

We are so happy that #spotlight won the Best Picture at the #oscars. Because it is a story that needs to be told, and told again 14 years after the news first broke in 2002. Why? 
Because we grow numb with old news, where our hearts should have remained tender. Because nothing much seemed to have changed from the #Vatican if we look up current news. Because the abuse survivors are still locked up in shame, guilt and in desperate need for justice. 
How often do we turn the spotlight on things that don't really matter? How often do we quickly turn the spotlight away, where light needs to linger, in order to cast out evil who lurks in the darkness? How often do we turn the spotlight on ourselves, to search the innermost depths of our beings, and to purge what we wish to lay hidden? 
In this season of #lent, may #justice and #mercy meet at the center of each and everyone's heart, just as it did at the #cross so many years ago. May this lead to a #transformation of this world. May #God's name not continue to be dragged through the mud, by the terrible deeds of man.

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“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭ #love #word of #God #handmade #ceramics #pottery #madeinsg #singapore #valentines #七夕 #studioasobi

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭

#love #word of #God #handmade #ceramics #pottery #madeinsg #singapore #valentines #七夕 #studioasobi

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Trimming is one of my favourite activities when working with clay. I can spend hours trimming, watching the rough, bulky forms slowly becoming smoother, more delicate. Do I give God the same pleasure when He moulds and trims me? Is my heart soft enough to be shaped into something beautiful, without resisting or breaking apart under the pressure? #handmade #pottery #ceramics #trimming #studioasobi #reflections #God #potter

Trimming is one of my favourite activities when working with clay. I can spend hours trimming, watching the rough, bulky forms slowly becoming smoother, more delicate.

Do I give God the same pleasure when He moulds and trims me? Is my heart soft enough to be shaped into something beautiful, without resisting or breaking apart under the pressure?

#handmade #pottery #ceramics #trimming #studioasobi  #reflections #God #potter

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Broken Chawans

In life, we gain things and we lose things. 2 out of 3 of my chawans that were sent to Belgium for an upcoming exhibition were broken somewhere along the journey…

Sad as I am about this and the bad news of another broken chawan by a fellow potter, I am really glad that the other chawans are safe in the same postal package!

A song came immediately to mind when I received the news, which not only brought me comfort but also peace. Thank you God for keeping 1 last chawan intact for me:)

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May this beautiful song by Matt Redman offer comfort to anyone who is going through some type of loss at this moment too:

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

‪#‎brokenness‬ ‪#‎loss‬ ‪#‎God‬ ‪#‎blessedbeyourname‬ ‪#‎pottery‬ ‪#‎ceramics‬‪#‎chawan‬ ‪#‎potter‬ ‪#‎madeinsg‬

Adam

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Hello. My name is Adam!

Genesis 2:7 – “And The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Genesis 2:15 – “Then The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

As a Chinese, I heard the story of Nu Wa, who made humans out of mud. As a Christian, I came to know the creation account through the bible. Isn’t it interesting how both accounts talk about mankind being formed out of clay?

As I molded my first clay human, I started to think of why humans are shaped the way we do. Also, why did both accounts choose to use clay as a medium?

Genesis 3:19 – “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

This is a mystery I will continue to pursue as a potter for a long time to come! In the meantime, let me tend to my garden.. :)

Mercy

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Right about now, some staff and volunteers of Mercy Centre would be gathering to head to 3 locations where they know they would find the homeless uncles and aunties who have become familiar faces and friends to them. They would bring along biscuits, flasks of hot milo, some medicated strips and ointments, as they go through their weekly routes to visit each of them.

Some of these homeless uncles and aunties would be tired out from a day of work while others would bear a weariness from their multiple health issues. The cold bench is their home for months or even years now.

The first time when we joined the visit runs, we were shocked at the number of uncles and aunties who have to live this way on the streets. Problems have a way of multiplying and there are often no easy solutions.

Along with the staff and volunteers, we can only do our little part to serve them some drinks and biscuits, chat with them and help out with things where we can. On special occasions like Christmas or Chinese New Year, the uncles and aunties are invited to a party where they are the guests to a feast of food and fellowship.

We were very touched by how Mercy Centre reaches out to the poor and forgotten in society with sincerity and friendship, and so we decided to contribute financially to them when we were looking at which local cause to support as part of our giving philosophy.

Donating 20% of proceeds on an ongoing basis is a huge sum to us. Honestly, it was a big struggle during the decision stage as we were not even sure if we would be financially sustainable ourselves.

However, we decided to give because of the grace we have received in our own lives. Through no merit of ours, we have been given a lot and it is our way of thanksgiving to God, whom we know also has a heart for these uncles and aunties.

Just want to thank all of you as your purchases and encouragement have helped to contribute towards this wonderful work. It is a very nice feeling to know we are doing this together! So, on behalf of Mercy Centre and ourselves, thank you! :)

We Do Not Have A Soul

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;

stars appeared.

After creatures in the sea swam and creatures in the sky took flight;

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