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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As a potter, we are sensitive to the condition of our clay. We need to know when the clay is just right with the right amount of moisture and plasticity to be moulded into the desired vessel. When we recycle the clay, we first need to break it into pieces. That way, water can permeate through the dried up clay, and become like mud, before it gets transformed back into pliable clay, ready for the potter’s hand. This holds special meaning for us, as we have experienced what it means to be dried and broken, before we were restored by the infusion of living waters, which continuously changes and renews us from within. And we thank God that even in our muddy state, He sees past that and remakes us into purposeful vessels! Isaiah 64:8 – “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” #wordofGod #isaiah64 #potter #clay #pottery #vessel #livingwater #studioasobi

As a potter, we are sensitive to the condition of our clay. We need to know when the clay is just right with the right amount of moisture and plasticity to be moulded into the desired vessel. 
When we recycle the clay, we first need to break it into pieces. That way, water can permeate through the dried up clay, and become like mud, before it gets transformed back into pliable clay, ready for the potter's hand. 
This holds special meaning for us, as we have experienced what it means to be dried and broken, before we were restored by the infusion of living waters, which continuously changes and renews us from within. And we thank God that even in our muddy state, He sees past that and remakes us into purposeful vessels!  Isaiah 64:8 - "But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." #wordofGod #isaiah64 #potter #clay #pottery #vessel #livingwater #studioasobi

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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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This is a piece we have been labouring over for weeks, and this morning our hearts broke when we found it lying crumpled on the shelf, irreparably broken. But then we realized in that moment of sorrow that this piece of clay does not end here. It is not done yet. It will be immersed in water, and when it has rested sufficiently it will be brought out again, kneaded together and transformed into another object of beauty. Different, but still beautiful in the eyes of its maker. Have you, like us, ever felt broken? Even irreparably broken? At times like these we remember that God is our Potter; we are the clay. When we break, His heart breaks for us. But where we can only see the ruins of our own lives, He already sees a new and beautiful thing. If only we will let ourselves be immersed in His living water, and let Him continue His amazing work of redemption in our lives. #ceramics #broken #jeremiah #potter #clay #redemption #beauty

This is a piece we have been labouring over for weeks, and this morning our hearts broke when we found it lying crumpled on the shelf, irreparably broken. 
But then we realized in that moment of sorrow that this piece of clay does not end here. It is not done yet. It will be immersed in water, and when it has rested sufficiently it will be brought out again, kneaded together and transformed into another object of beauty. Different, but still beautiful in the eyes of its maker. 
Have you, like us, ever felt broken? Even irreparably broken? At times like these we remember that God is our Potter; we are the clay. When we break, His heart breaks for us. But where we can only see the ruins of our own lives, He already sees a new and beautiful thing. If only we will let ourselves be immersed in His living water, and let Him continue His amazing work of redemption in our lives.  #ceramics #broken #jeremiah #potter #clay #redemption #beauty

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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

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