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Studio Kokoro Ceramics

lynnette tan | singapore

„We may drink the same tea tomorrow,
but already we have changed as people.“

‚Kokoro‘ is the word for heart, mind and spirit.
So I think I‘ve always wanted deep down to create a place…
a studio of some sort, in which the heart and mind can be nourished and grow with beauty.

I‘ve grown up with the idea, that things have to be functional and that gives it their value.
One reason why I love ceramics so much is because I really love how it is the perfect combination of art, creativity and function to me. It ticks all my boxes of beauty.
Creating ceramics is a way for me to bring my own version of beauty to the world.

With handmade objects, there‘s always going to be a uniqueness and heartfelt warmth, that‘s associated with the object.
There‘s nothing quite like knowing, that the ceramic piece I‘ve made is one of a kind, won‘t ever be the exact same piece –even if I try to repeat it.

The ceramics, that we use, play a huge role in transforming moments, that we often take for granted, into beautiful, meaningful ones to savour with our minds and hearts.
With attention comes deep appreciation and enjoyment of the moment.

One concept that I feel is central to my work is the idea of ‚Once in a Lifetime Encounters‘ or ‚Ichigo Ichie‘.

While creating, each piece is so dependent on the type of clay I use, my mood on that day, the creative phase I‘m going through, the type of glaze I want to try out and so on. How I create changes all the time and so each piece is very much a snapshot of how I was at the moment when I created it.

A lot of my motivation stems from this hunger to not want to have any regrets at the end of my life…
Who cares if I fail a few times in bringing some ceramic pieces to the world?
It‘s more important to me, that I tried. I place much more value on that than on ‚guaranteed success‘ in the traditional sense.

„A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner – continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you – is a fine art, in and of itself.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

I keep that beautiful quote in mind whenever I‘m unsure if something is going to work out or not. When there‘s disappointment or failure or doubts or fear about the next step, I always remind myself that to try something new is to live a more interesting life than to not give something a try at all.

One thing my teacher taught me at the time I was just beginning, was that you can‘t force the process of learning (ceramics). It comes faster to some and slower to others, but it is just a matter of time. And I think that ‚long term view‘ of things really helped me to persist.
In a way, failure also teaches me what I love enough to want to continue pursuing it.
If I want to try out something very much, no matter how many times I fail at it, I will keep going. Whereas if I fail and then convince myself out of something, I also know in my heart that I never wanted it enough to begin with.

For the future I hope to establish my own ceramic studio.
Along with ceramics I would love to incorporate the Tea Ceremony, Ikebana, Meditation, Aromatherapy – all areas, that play a part in helping us to take a moment
to pause, savour, and cherish the precious moments in our lives.

Being able to create something from the start to the end, from a vision I have in my mind til the moment I actually hold the object in my hand is a process, that I treasure so much.

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