THE GREATER FIRE Were the flames too strong Or was the wound always there Waiting to be found? It looked fine after the first round of bisque firing, so we glazed it and put it back in the kiln for a second time, at a higher glaze-firing temperature. That’s when it happened. And this is the worst kind of crack – the kind that stays hidden after drying, so we can neither try to remedy it nor recycle the clay. The kind that goes all the way through, so we cannot patch it up with glaze and re-fire. The kind that still leaves the plate intact, so we cannot even glue the two pieces back together. The kind that stays forever. So we give it a name and write a haiku for it, just like we do for any of our pieces. And we place it in a place of prominence, to remind ourselves that what is hidden will eventually come to light. And to remind ourselves that God forgives and loves, even when we have to carry those cracks with us for the rest of our lives. #studioasobi #madeinsg #ceramics #plates #crack #wounded #love #forgiveness #white

THE GREATER FIRE
Were the flames too strong
Or was the wound always there 
Waiting to be found?  It looked fine after the first round of bisque firing, so we glazed it and put it back in the kiln for a second time, at a higher glaze-firing temperature. That's when it happened.  And this is the worst kind of crack - the kind that stays hidden after drying, so we can neither try to remedy it nor recycle the clay. The kind that goes all the way through, so we cannot patch it up with glaze and re-fire. The kind that still leaves the plate intact, so we cannot even glue the two pieces back together. The kind that stays forever.  So we give it a name and write a haiku for it, just like we do for any of our pieces. And we place it in a place of prominence, to remind ourselves that what is hidden will eventually come to light. And to remind ourselves that God forgives and loves, even when we have to carry those cracks with us for the rest of our lives.  #studioasobi #madeinsg #ceramics #plates #crack #wounded #love #forgiveness #white

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HERE WITH YOU Though these tattered clothes Can’t stop the rain coming in They will keep you warm This is our very first double walled vessel, and my birthday gift for my beloved wife. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life from the very first moment I met you, and every day after that. There will be ups and downs in this journey together, but I’m not afraid at all because of what we believe in, and because I will be there always to keep you warm in my arms. #studioasobi #madeinsg #doublewall #vessel #warmth #love #birthday #ceramics #pottery

HERE WITH YOU
Though these tattered clothes
Can't stop the rain coming in
They will keep you warm  This is our very first double walled vessel, and my birthday gift for my beloved wife. Thank you for the joy you brought to my life from the very first moment I met you, and every day after that. There will be ups and downs in this journey together, but I'm not afraid at all because of what we believe in, and because I will be there always to keep you warm in my arms.  #studioasobi #madeinsg #doublewall #vessel #warmth #love #birthday #ceramics #pottery

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Last Sunday, we had the privilege of participating in a meaningful and interesting art therapy programme for a group of 9 to 12-year-olds from Fukushima, whose lives were dramatically altered by the disaster in 2011. It was a joy to see how these children took to clay, exploring its possibilities and freely expressing themselves! We are thankful for the group of volunteers and translators; Goodman Ceramic Studio for the venue and firing support; as well as Jacqueline for taking the photos:) If you are interested to find out more about the programme or to be a befriender, the group is here till 6 Aug and is hosted by Today Is The Day Foundation. Their works from the art therapy sessions would also be displayed for 2 weeks at Scape starting from 7 Aug! 24th July was also our 5th year wedding anniversary, and this was a very special way to celebrate our journey together as a couple! We thank God for blessing our love for each other and enabling us to love others:) #arttherapy #clay #pottery #ceramics #workshop #love #hope #joy #studioasobi #singapore

Last Sunday, we had the privilege of participating in a meaningful and interesting art therapy programme for a group of 9 to 12-year-olds from Fukushima, whose lives were dramatically altered by the disaster in 2011. 
It was a joy to see how these children took to clay, exploring its possibilities and freely expressing themselves! 
We are thankful for the group of volunteers and translators; Goodman Ceramic Studio for the venue and firing support; as well as Jacqueline for taking the photos:) If you are interested to find out more about the programme or to be a befriender, the group is here till 6 Aug and is hosted by Today Is The Day Foundation. Their works from the art therapy sessions would also be displayed for 2 weeks at Scape starting from 7 Aug! 
24th July was also our 5th year wedding anniversary, and this was a very special way to celebrate our journey together as a couple! We thank God for blessing our love for each other and enabling us to love others:) #arttherapy #clay #pottery #ceramics #workshop #love #hope #joy #studioasobi #singapore

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It can be hard to remain optimistic in the waves of violence, hatred, exploitation and oppression that we glean from the global news at an increasing intensity. There is so much injustice and unfairness that makes one weep. Fear squeezes the life out of people and scars are cut repeatedly till the body becomes numb. What then can we do? How then shall we respond? There are no clear and easy answers. I am praying for mercy and compassion to turn the tides around, where faith, hope and justice can reign again. I am praying for seeds of peace and love to germinate and sprout like it is springtime. May selfishness and pettiness be plucked up like useless weeds and cast away. #reflections #prayer #faith #hope #love #mercy #justice #compasion #freedom

It can be hard to remain optimistic in the waves of violence, hatred, exploitation and oppression that we glean from the global news at an increasing intensity. There is so much injustice and unfairness that makes one weep. 
Fear squeezes the life out of people and scars are cut repeatedly till the body becomes numb. 
What then can we do? How then shall we respond? There are no clear and easy answers. 
I am praying for mercy and compassion to turn the tides around, where faith, hope and justice can reign again. I am praying for seeds of peace and love to germinate and sprout like it is springtime. May selfishness and pettiness be plucked up like useless weeds and cast away. 
#reflections #prayer #faith #hope #love #mercy #justice #compasion #freedom

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Dad said, “Sorry we didn’t cook much, there’s only enough for one bowl.” So we took the bowl of laksa and split it in two, and both of us ate to our heart’s content. Thank God for blessing us with wonderful parents who lovingly prepare the most delicious laksa in the world, then feel bad thinking they did not prepare enough. And thank God for never giving us too much, or too little, but always enough. #love #parents #fiveloavestwofish #laksa #delicacy #madeinsg #studioasobi

Dad said, "Sorry we didn't cook much, there's only enough for one bowl." So we took the bowl of laksa and split it in two, and both of us ate to our heart's content. Thank God for blessing us with wonderful parents who lovingly prepare the most delicious laksa in the world, then feel bad thinking they did not prepare enough. And thank God for never giving us too much, or too little, but always enough.  #love #parents #fiveloavestwofish #laksa #delicacy #madeinsg #studioasobi

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This morning, it felt as if we were shrouded by a veil of sorrow and worry. But as this little Calla Lily bowl took shape, a verse came to mind. Luke 12:25-27 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” God’s grace moves in unexpected ways. #studioasobi #singapore #ceramics #pottery #godisgood #love #grace #lilies

This morning, it felt as if we were shrouded by a veil of sorrow and worry. But as this little Calla Lily bowl took shape, a verse came to mind.  Luke 12:25-27
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  God's grace moves in unexpected ways.  #studioasobi #singapore #ceramics #pottery #godisgood #love #grace #lilies

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Electric wheels are what potters need to make a living. And the foot pedal is what the electric wheel needs to make its living. We had an old electric wheel graciously given to us by a church friend, but it was missing its foot pedal, and for more than a year we have searched in vain for one. This afternoon, @rogerandsons went out of their way to fabricate a foot pedal for us, giving our wheel a new lease of life! Look how sleek and beautiful this pedal is. One of its kind in the whole wide world! And how wonderful it is to be immersed in the love and grace of God’s people. #studioasobi #ceramics #singapore #engineering #rebirth #grace #love #friendship

Electric wheels are what potters need to make a living. And the foot pedal is what the electric wheel needs to make its living. We had an old electric wheel graciously given to us by a church friend, but it was missing its foot pedal, and for more than a year we have searched in vain for one. This afternoon, @rogerandsons went out of their way to fabricate a foot pedal for us, giving our wheel a new lease of life!  Look how sleek and beautiful this pedal is. One of its kind in the whole wide world! And how wonderful it is to be immersed in the love and grace of God's people. 
#studioasobi #ceramics #singapore #engineering #rebirth #grace #love #friendship

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I learnt recently that the word “Passion” is from a Latin root word which connotes to suffer. Today, we often use the word to express strength of emotion, and nothing quite captures both old and contemporary meanings as the passion of Jesus Christ. Thank you our Lord and savior! “How deep the Father’s love for us How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure How great the pain of searing loss The Father turns His face away As wounds which mar the Chosen One Bring many sons to glory Behold the man upon a cross My sin upon His shoulders Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice Call out among the scoffers It was my sin that held Him there Until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished I will not boast in anything No gifts, no power, no wisdom But I will boast in Jesus Christ His death and resurrection Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer But this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom” #meaning of #passion #jesuschrist #life #charis #love #grace

I learnt recently that the word "Passion" is from a Latin root word which connotes to suffer. Today, we often use the word to express strength of emotion, and nothing quite captures both old and contemporary meanings as the passion of Jesus Christ. Thank you our Lord and savior! "How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure  How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory  Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers  It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished  I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection  Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom"  #meaning of #passion #jesuschrist #life #charis #love #grace

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