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!
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!”
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!
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After many many hours of carving, the flower is finally complete! I never imagined I could actually draw a classic flower and carve it out of clay, but it is done:) Patience and persistence is what I need to learn on a continuous basis and this was the perfect exercise.
What present would you give to your sister who is getting married this weekend?
Wei Wei decided to engage Studio Asobi for a private clay workshop so that she and Wei Yin can spend a meaningful time together making something of their own!
Really impressed with their unique and beautiful hand-pinched vessels, borne out of their love for each other. It’s really a joy for me to be a part of this wonderful experience:)
Comments from Wei Wei:
“It was really fun spending time in Studio Asobi! From entering the space to having a lovely cup of tea and looking at the different pieces and techniques teacher Huiwen used, we had a wonderful and unforgettable evening. She was really patient with us and we were surprised by how we managed to create our final pieces with her guidance. Feeling the clay under your hands was therapeutic and awakened our senses:)”
K and I are co-creating. I doodle on ArtRage, and he writes a little story for me. It makes us happy.
I swing my aching legs over the top of the final boulder and collapse, exhausted but relieved. My lungs are on fire, and my head is spinning from the prolonged shortage of oxygen. I am no professional mountaineer, and this trek has been way tougher than I had imagined it would be. But still I have reached the summit, and as I stagger up to look around me I am rewarded with the most spectacular panorama I have ever witnessed. A vast ocean of rolling white clouds stretches out for miles in every direction, blanketing the earth below, broken only by the scattered mountain peaks that float across its surface like jagged, lonely islands. Above me, smoky wisps of cirrus drift lazily by, making it feel as though the ground beneath me is silently moving. I almost have to sit down again..
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;
After creatures in the sea swam and creatures in the sky took flight;