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Clay IN-SIGHT

Like life, clay offers endless possibilities for the manifestation of forms from freewill and choices. As the mind perceives, clay acts as the channel through which the hands may conceive, and the clay art is the resulting form that one receives.

I suspect clay art may be a creative medium that the Visually Impaired (VI) friends could express and share their in-sights through physical creation with their hands. I often wonder what ‘visual images’ would a VI hold in his mind when we articulate ideas such as “palace” or “traffic lights” or “ghost” or “love”. While the sighted friends would immediately recall images they have seen in reality or books or on TV, a VI (especially one who’s blind from birth) would have no reference to base on.

After consultation with Mr Leow Chee Tsai of SAVH, I held an experimental clay workshop on 13 April 2009 for 30 VIs with the help of a dozen volunteers. We introduced clay to the VIs and helped them experienced playing with this art medium. Following the workshop, about 20 VIs signed up for a year-long clay learning program fully sponsored by Clay-Street that will be held on a monthly basis.

Clay IN-SIGHT has since taken a life of its own, powered by kind-hearted and committed volunteers. We call our volunteers Angels. And we call the Visually Impaired Potters VIP. Angels and VIP work together in clay co-creation. It's magical! Scroll down to see how the VIPs and Angels play with clay together! : )

To be frank, the experience of co-creation has truly been an inspiration to all Angels, seeing how fun-loving, cheerful and forward looking our visually impaired friends are. Their insights are so bright despite of living without sight.

If you are keen to volunteer, contact Angel Swati (91876762) or Angel Kim (97315491).

Greener Earth Exhibition 2010

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

Our clay sessions are conducted on every Tue & alternate Sat at 10am-12nn (see dates below) in the Touch Art Room at Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), 47, Toa Payoh Rise, Singapore 298104
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Clay Sessions in 2010
#
Date
Day
Time
1
Jan 19th
Tue
11am-1pm
2
Feb 6th
Sat
12nn-2pm
3
Feb 23rd
Tue
11am-1pm
4
Mar 6th
Sat
12nn-2pm
5a
Mar 9th
Tue
11am-1pm
5b
Mar 11th
Thu
11am-1pm
6a
Mar 16th
Tue
11am-1pm
6b
Mar 18th
Thu
11am-1pm
7a
Mar 23rd
Tue
11am-1pm
7b
Mar 25th
Thu
11am-1pm
8a
Mar 30th
Tue
11am-1pm
8b
Apr 3rd
Sat
12nn-2pm
9
May 8th
Sat
10am-12nn
12nn-2pm
10
May 11th
Tue
10am-1pm
11
May 22nd
Sat
12nn-2pm
12
May 25th
Tue
10am-1pm
12a
Jun 1st
Tue
10am-12nn
13
Jun 5th
Sat
10am-12nn
14
Jun 8th
Tue
10am-12nn
15
Jun 15th
Tue
10am-12nn
16
Jun 19th
Sat
10am-12nn
17
Jun 22nd
Tue
10am-12nn
18
Jun 29th
Tue
10am-12nn
19
Jul 3rd
Sat
10am-12nn
20
Jul 6th
Tue
10am-12nn
21
Jul 13th
Tue
10am-12nn
22
Jul 17th
Sat
10am-12nn
23
Jul 20th
Tue
10am-12nn
24
Jul 27th
Tue
10am-12nn
25
Jul 31st
Sat
10am-12nn

 


8 May 2010: Mug Production #1

Today was the start of many mug production sessions to come to fulfill the orders we secured during the recent exhibition. We had the good fortune of having many new volunteers who joined us - from EPICS Society, Raleigh Society and The Youth Alliance of Ngee Ann Poly. The 'seasoned' Angels played a supervisory role for the new Angels. It's great also to observe that some VIPs are gradually gaining independence in the mug creation process.

Full house mug production New Angels helping VIP Jimmy
Angel Jo doing QCNew Angel TimothyNew Angel Pranshant helping VIP Steven
VIP James working independently
VIP Kee Tong helped by a new Angel

21-25 Apr 2010: Drink Towards a Greener Earth Exhibition at Millenia Walk Singapore

It was a most enjoyable and memorable exhibition involving all VIPs, Angels as well as SAVH staff. Thanks to Ms Denise Phua for gracing the opening ceremony as our guest-of-honor and thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. Thanks also all kind hearted buyers of our Greener Earth Mugs. At 6.30pm on the last day of our exhibition, we celebrated with a yell as the mug orders shot pass our target of $10,000. Hooray!

Our proud exhibits Exhibition space at Millenia Walk
Greener Earth mugs everywhereGuest-of-Honor Ms Denise Phua
Denise Phua, Steven Ng, Tan Guan Heng, Judy Lim and Alvin Yong
Mr Leow in actionVIP Steven Yeo performed for all on opening night
Angel Jenny chatting with VIP Rosie Sold, sold, sold by the first evening
VIP Kee Tong, Tan CC, Keng Chye and Ting YingStudents appreciating our artworks
Angel Madhuri selling mugs VIP Steven and his supporters: Veronica and Fiona
Angels Janice and Mei LanVisitors greeting VIP Carolyn
Sold, sold Angels on duty
Jo and Jin and daughtersVIP Wee Lip in action
Quansheng cho-cho train the VIPs for a walk VIP Flo with heart kinded buyers
More kind hearted supportersVIP Junaidah and Carolyn greeting visitors
VIP See Tai and Elaine greeting supporters Angel Alvin explaining the co-creation process
Happy Angels
Angels Theingi and Flo doing the final tally Our mug orders crossed $10,000 on last evening!

Mar-Apr 2010: Preparation for Exhibition

Everyone was busy during the pre-exhibition period. VIPs and Angels co-created over 150 mugs. Angels busy glazing away bisque fired mugs at the pottery studio. Teacher Chew busy firing away batch after batch of mugs. Angels Jane collecting and painting wooden crates and boxes, Kim making eco-packing reusing newspaper, Varuna indexing all the mugs, Susan designing the banners... all hands on deck! It was a memorable and purposeful journey for all.

Glazes on before firing Angels LC and Kim glazing the mugs
Indexing mugs for the exhibitionDesigner of our eco-packing - Angel KimAngel Swati in a box...
Angels Jenny and Varuna painting the boxes
Angel Jane in action

16 Mar 2010: Potting at Mandai Orchid Garden

This was our first outing and we spent a lovely morning co-creating handmade orchid series mugs at the Mandai Orchid Garden. Much appreciation to Mr Heah Hock Heng and Alice Mendosa of Mandai Orchid Garden for supporting Clay IN-SIGHT project and SAVH. The Angels helped the VIPs touch and feel the orchid with their hearts through their hands.

Enjoy more photos at my FaceBook Album.

Orchid appreciation through touch Angel Jenny helping VIP Wee Lip
Happy faces at Mandai Orchid Garden
VIP Cally and Angel Theingi
Potting in action

6 Feb 2010: Clay Lesson #2

This was the first hands-on co-creation session and numerous mugs were completed. The designs are now getting bolder and many of the VIPs are beginning to experiment with new ideas. It was great fun and we look forward to firing this first batch of mugs.

VIP Rosie and Angel Regina All in action - mugs co-creation
Co-creation in progress
Angel TC helping VIP Ting Yin
Father and daughter volunteers

19 Jan 2010: Clay Session #1

As with last year, we kicked off the first clay session in 2010 with a Visioning exercise. Every VI Potter was supported by an Angel who helped to capture on paper the inner vision of the mugs he/she held in mind. These sets of blueprint will guide the co-creation process for the next few months. We aim to create sufficient mugs of interesting designs to launch the Drink Towards a Greener Earth project in April 2010.

Susan helps Jimmy in the visioning exercise Blueprint for co-creation works
Visioning exercise
More blueprints Theingi supporting Daisy in visioning
Browse 2009 Clay IN-SIGHT Photo Album...

 

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