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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TREE OF LIGHT For I am the vine You have become My branches So abide in Me When it comes to clay, one never really knows if a piece is going to turn out well, because anything can happen in the kiln. So here’s a pre-firing post by a young and inexperienced potter who, in his fear and uncertainty, remembers his Master Potter for whom nothing is uncertain and from whom every living vessel is created. I am but a tiny branch among many, and one that took decades just to sprout. But I give thanks because now I too belong to Him who fills me with water and quenches the thirst in my spirit. May I always abide in Him, so that I will bear good fruit, and never be cut off. #studioasobi #madeinsg #diffuser #light #ceramics #pottery #potter #unfired #tree #vine #branches #john15

TREE OF LIGHT
For I am the vine
You have become My branches
So abide in Me

When it comes to clay, one never really knows if a piece is going to turn out well, because anything can happen in the kiln. So here's a pre-firing post by a young and inexperienced potter who, in his fear and uncertainty, remembers his Master Potter for whom nothing is uncertain and from whom every living vessel is created.

I am but a tiny branch among many, and one that took decades just to sprout. But I give thanks because now I too belong to Him who fills me with water and quenches the thirst in my spirit. May I always abide in Him, so that I will bear good fruit, and never be cut off.

#studioasobi #madeinsg #diffuser #light #ceramics #pottery #potter #unfired #tree #vine #branches #john15

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WHITE AS SNOW It’s warmer inside But there is always time to Step out in the snow For the man who taught me to be strong, who taught me all the skills that I know, and then watched in horror as I skied down a snowy road without permission or supervision, into oncoming traffic…among other equally life threatening escapades. Now that it appears I’m all grown up, it’s time for you to step out into the snow too, breathe in the fresh winter air, and let those legs keep taking you and mummy to places you’ve never been before! #studioasobi #handmade #madeinsg #pottery #gratitude #daddy #snowy #letsgo

WHITE AS SNOW
It's warmer inside
But there is always time to 
Step out in the snow

For the man who taught me to be strong, who taught me all the skills that I know, and then watched in horror as I skied down a snowy road without permission or supervision, into oncoming traffic...among other equally life threatening escapades.

Now that it appears I'm all grown up, it's time for you to step out into the snow too, breathe in the fresh winter air, and let those legs keep taking you and mummy to places you've never been before!

#studioasobi #handmade #madeinsg  #pottery #gratitude #daddy #snowy #letsgo

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ON DIFFERENT SOIL Though lands be many Still wherever He sows me In faith I shall grow These two vessels commissioned by a group of overseas Singaporeans are made using the nerikomi technique of fusing different clays together, symbolizing the different environments (or soils) we have grown up in across the various stages of our lives. Each place has its unique nature, and each has played an indelible part in shaping us into who we are today. But perhaps there is also something inside us, something deeper and greater than the sum of our backgrounds and experiences, that continues to mould us and refine us into the beautiful vessels that we will eventually become. So that wherever we go, there we will thrive. And wherever we are planted, there we will flourish. #studioasobi #ceramics #handmade #madeinsg #nerikomi #foreignsoil #bloomwhereyouareplanted

ON DIFFERENT SOIL
Though lands be many
Still wherever He sows me
In faith I shall grow

These two vessels commissioned by a group of overseas Singaporeans are made using the nerikomi technique of fusing different clays together, symbolizing the different environments (or soils) we have grown up in across the various stages of our lives. Each place has its unique nature, and each has played an indelible part in shaping us into who we are today. But perhaps there is also something inside us, something deeper and greater than the sum of our backgrounds and experiences, that continues to mould us and refine us into the beautiful vessels that we will eventually become. So that wherever we go, there we will thrive. And wherever we are planted, there we will flourish. 
#studioasobi #ceramics #handmade #madeinsg #nerikomi #foreignsoil #bloomwhereyouareplanted

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“Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” – Colossians 4:17 Do you ever wonder why you are put here on earth for a period of time? Do you ever wish you can discover your calling? We sure went through these questions ourselves! :D We met Ps Henson when he came to our church to preach about understanding our kingdom assignments, and that is when we learnt about his ministry – Archippus Awakening. Here is a set of cups that he commissioned as a gift for his editors/translators who were helping him with the Chinese edition of his book:) We love making these meaningful custom gifts as it is art which one can interact with on a daily basis! Have a good week ahead! #archippusawakening #ministry #handmade #pottery #ceramics #art #studioasobi #madeinsg

"Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord." - Colossians 4:17 
Do you ever wonder why you are put here on earth for a period of time? Do you ever wish you can discover your calling? 
We sure went through these questions ourselves! :D We met Ps Henson when he came to our church to preach about understanding our kingdom assignments, and that is when we learnt about his ministry - Archippus Awakening. 
Here is a set of cups that he commissioned as a gift for his editors/translators who were helping him with the Chinese edition of his book:) We love making these meaningful custom gifts as it is art which one can interact with on a daily basis! 
Have a good week ahead! 
#archippusawakening #ministry #handmade #pottery #ceramics #art #studioasobi #madeinsg

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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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After working with clay for the past couple of years, I still find it so fascinating that something like the dust of earth can be transformed through fire into an object of beauty and function. The act of carving is so therapeutic and sacred at the same time as you cut away what doesn’t feel right to be there. There is simply a special joy and impulse to work with one’s hands to create, which is inside each human being! :) . . . #happywork #create #craft #art #pottery #clay #ceramics #potter #craftsman #madeinsg #singapore #studioasobi

After working with clay for the past couple of years, I still find it so fascinating that something like the dust of earth can be transformed through fire into an object of beauty and function. 
The act of carving is so therapeutic and sacred at the same time as you cut away what doesn't feel right to be there. 
There is simply a special joy and impulse to work with one's hands to create, which is inside each human being! :) .
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#happywork #create #craft #art #pottery #clay #ceramics #potter #craftsman #madeinsg #singapore #studioasobi

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THERE’S SOMETHING There’s something I want To tell you what’s on my mind You already know Sometimes it’s hard to be a brother to two sisters. I don’t know how to engage in girl talk, and I’m not interested in clothes or bags or shoes or pets. But I thank God for giving me hands that can make things, so I can be useful once in a while! #ceramics #madeinsg #piglet #puglet #handmade #opposites

THERE'S SOMETHING
There's something I want
To tell you what's on my mind
You already know

Sometimes it's hard to be a brother to two sisters. I don't know how to engage in girl talk, and I'm not interested in clothes or bags or shoes or pets. But I thank God for giving me hands that can make things, so I can be useful once in a while! 
#ceramics #madeinsg #piglet #puglet #handmade #opposites

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勿忘初衷 | Forget Me Not We live in a distracting world that beckons to pull us in all different directions and desires. Yet, often when we have found our purpose and goal, we just got to stay focused and single-minded in the pursuit. And not forget our initial love and passion :) P.S. Loving the shadows cast by our plants swaying in the wind! #calligraphy #handmade #pottery #ceramics #tableware #madeinsg #designedinsg #life #musings #purpose #studioasobi #singapore #勿忘初衷

勿忘初衷 | Forget Me Not 
We live in a distracting world that beckons to pull us in all different directions and desires. Yet, often when we have found our purpose and goal, we just got to stay focused and single-minded in the pursuit. And not forget our initial love and passion :) P.S. Loving the shadows cast by our plants swaying in the wind! 
#calligraphy #handmade #pottery #ceramics #tableware #madeinsg #designedinsg #life #musings #purpose #studioasobi #singapore #勿忘初衷

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