Thank you Backpack Singapore for your feature story on Studio Asobi! It’s really great that you guys are putting together all these interesting things of Singapore for those who wish to discover more:) Glad you all had fun playing with clay at our pottery workshop and what a pretty piece Daniel made!
Good morning! Ever wondered how it would feel like to eat and drink out of your own handmade pottery? :) We are excited to collaborate with @publicgarden for our upcoming workshop on 6 June, where you can design and hand-build your own breakfast set of cup and plate!
Be it a gift to a special someone or a present to yourself, come and discover your inner craftsman and the joy of creating with your own hands:)
Hosted at our cozy home studio, you can also learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in the making process, and try your hand at the electric wheel!
Post-Update: Our Breakfast Ceramic Workshop on 6th June with @publicgarden has been fully booked!
Thank you all for your support and if you are interested to learn how to design and make your own breakfast set with clay, simply email email@example.com to join the mailing list for the next workshop:) See you then!
Looking for some creative hen party ideas in Singapore? We were very happy to host Bridge Gang’s bachelorette party for their beautiful Sheena, over tea, chocolate cake, lemonade and lots of laughter! It is not always easy to find new and unique ideas to celebrate special occasions and we were so glad to see all the girls having fun with clay and molding such creative and delicate pieces:) Here’s wishing Sheena and Daniel a very loving and blissful marriage!
Do you ever find it difficult to get a gift for someone special? I had the lovely opportunity to work with L who wanted to give her boyfriend a nice Christmas present under the Northern Lights. After brainstorming on ideas together, L came up with the name 星星相印, which is a play on the Chinese idiom that means two hearts beating as one. Those four words inspired this aroma oil burner that holds 2 tea lights, each shining out like stars under the night sky, two flames igniting together in love.
After months of exploration and reflection, we are really excited to finally reveal the charity we will be supporting – Mercy Centre’s Trolley Ministry! Mercy Centre is a local charity, and their Trolley Ministry is an outreach serving the homeless in Singapore.
Living in this affluent city of ours, it is hard to imagine that there are still homeless people on the streets, but there are, many of them – camouflaged within the dark, hidden corners of our sanitised urban landscape. After joining the Trolley Ministry on one of their “night runs” to bring food and friendship to the homeless, we found ourselves deeply moved by how the staff and volunteers went beyond addressing physical needs, focusing instead on building loving relationships with those who have no one to turn to.
To the founders of the Trolley Ministry, food is more than sustenance – it is a means by which people can connect and share their love for one another. This is how we view pottery too – each vessel embedded with love, hope and peace, connecting the makers and users together in spirit. We hope that our works will be a little blessing in your homes, and we’re happy to say that with every vessel you buy, you will join us in being that little blessing to those in our country who have no home to call their own.
Beyond pledging 20% of our profits to the Trolley Ministry, we’ve also been volunteering with them and slowly getting to know the homeless friends we’ve had the privilege of meeting. If you would like to find out more about the Trolley Ministry or join in for the trolley runs, do drop us a quick note and we’ll get back to you!
There is something mystical that happens in the belly of the dragon as it swallows wood after wood to feed its hunger. The flames climb high into the night and they lick and whisper into the pots as they exchange their smother for colours. As a potter, you can only surrender the last touches of the creation to nature and be at rest with what emerges from the test of fire.
Yet, all of these cannot happen without the hard work of people who continually feed the dragon to satisfy its appetite, well deep into the night. Special thanks goes to Mr Lim, Kwok Sun and students at Ceramic House, as well as organisers of the recent Awaken the Dragon festival. Thank you for making this possible!
Christmas is a month away! Over the weekend, our home studio in Singapore was buzzing with friends who came to experience working with clay at our pottery workshop. After a few hours of pinching and carving, we discovered many hidden artists!
Really excited to see the teacups when they are fired and glazed, just in time for Christmas giving!
Pottery is fun, yet meditative at the same time. Come, try it for yourself:)
Thank you Business Times for the wonderful feature! Like all the passionate craftspeople and indie food producers at Batch, it is a great joy to share our stories and our handmade offerings of love with you.
At Studio Asobi, our journey has only just begun. This encouragement reminds us that though the road ahead is full of uncertainties, as long as we keep doing the things we love, it will be a road worth walking!
For all of you out there who are pursuing your little dreams just like us, keep walking and don’t ever stop dreaming!
Extract from article:
WHAT started as a fun activity to be enjoyed with her husband grew into a full-time career for Lee Huiwen, a homegrown ceramist who creates one-off, nature-inspired works. It all began a year ago, when the Singapore Management University business graduate, who was in real estate business development before working for a non-governmental organisation, took a sabbatical.
“My husband and I picked up pottery because we wanted to learn something together,” explains Ms Lee. “We had just gotten married but were so busy with our careers that we hardly had time to do anything as a couple. He had a great experience doing pottery in secondary school and was very convincing!”
She picked up the craft in Singapore, but it was only when she enrolled in an immersive programme in the pottery town of Tajimi, Japan, that she decided to take the plunge and become a ceramist.
“The lifestyle there is simple but extremely fulfilling,” recalls Ms Lee. “People grow their own vegetables and the young potters I met are really dedicated to their art, staying humble and cheerful even though their income is not always forthcoming. My sensei is 74 years old and still shows up daily to work and teach and feast with his students.”
Now, she works from a home studio which allows her time to go out into the parks and neighbourhoods to get inspired by nature and people. The actual building, drying, firing and glazing process can take anything from a few days to a few weeks. And although her business, Studio Asobi, was founded only a few months ago, she has experienced a growing interest in ceramics, especially from young working professionals in their 20s and 30s. Ms Lee also sells her works to ceramic collectors, as well as others who are looking for functional wares or presents.
After several friends requested to be taught the basics of ceramics, she started a monthly workshop, aimed at giving beginners a hands-on experience with making their very own clay vessel.
“It was daunting at first, but gradually I convinced myself that if I have found something beautiful, there is no reason why I shouldn’t be sharing it with others,” says Ms Lee. “And it brings me a lot of joy to see the smiles on people’s faces when they discover the hidden artist within themselves!”
Different on the outside, but one at heart.
This pair of rice bowls is a gift from Shiwei to his good friends AA.ND, to celebrate their lifelong commitment to each other in marriage. May their love continue to grow in the simple daily joys of life!
To commission a gift for someone special, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org :)