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Clay IN-SIGHT Memories

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We cherish every moment of co-creation between the VIPs and the Angels in
this wonderful Clay IN-SIGHT journey of discovery and expansion.
We wish you would enjoy the photos that captured the spirit
and joy of those memorable moments in 2009-2010...

 
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12 Apr 2009: Preparatory Workshop for Volunteers at Clay-Street Pottery Studio - Teaching pottery to the Visually Impaired was an experiment that none of us knew any better. To prepare the volunteers, Alvin conducted a briefing cum hands-on practice for them on moulding with clay with eyes closed a day before at his Clay-Street Pottery Studio.
Prep training for volunteers
Happy volunteers
Pottery made very simple for the visually impaired
13 Apr 2009: Introduction to Clay - 30 VIs participated in this introductory workshop to experience clay moulding. Thanks to the 20 volunteers (Angels) who kindly came forward to make this experience possible and positive. We held the session at the sheltered workshop at SAVH. It was a free-play session that provided invaluable experience to shape the program.
Inaugural Clay IN-SIGHT session at SAVH
Co-creation by Volunteer and VI
Some raw outcome
18 May 2009: Clay Lesson #1 - In this first lesson, the VIs learnt how to create a cylindrical mug by coiling round a bottle. Every VI was accompanied and guided by an Angel. Everyone had plenty of fun. The Angels learnt how to work with the VIs.
Art volunteers
Angel Jane with VI Ting Yin
VI Kee Tong with volunteers
1 & 22 Jun 2009: NIE-Volunteers Special - This was a 2-part special clay program designed to allow a graduating class of 18 trainee-teachers from NIE to experience art co-creation volunteerism with the visually impaired. 10 independent VIs who heard about Clay IN-SIGHT got to enjoy their first lesson in clay art. We wish the new teachers would bring their spirit of volunteerism to their students as they begin their exciting teaching careers in the new school term.
NIE trainee-teachers with VIs
VI Daisy supported by volunteers
VI Ben helped by a volunteer
VI Steven with volunteers
VI Iskandar showing off his artwork
VI Arts
15 Jun 2009: Clay Lesson #2 - The VIs were extremely elated to receive the glazed and fired mugs that they created in their first lesson. In this lesson, the VIs enjoyed creating a clay bowl of their own by pressing balls of clay onto the inside of a newspaper lined bowl. Angel Flo baked delicious cakes and Angel Jyothy brought biscuits to share with everyone.
Clay in session
Bowl creation
Angel Flo in action
2 Jul 2009: Clay IN-SIGHT on TV - Suria Channel Producer Ms Hayati discovered our initiative through our website a week before and asked to feature our VI Clay Artists in JUS, an info-ed TV show on Suria Channel on 13 July 2009. We all had plenty of fun doing the filming at SAVH, supported by Angels Jane, Lian Hong, Swati and Theingi. No NG at all!
Suria TV crew filming VIs
Angel Jane and VI Jimmy
No NG

Clay IN-SIGHT was featured on JUS! TV Show on Suria Channel on 13 July 2009

Special thanks to:

  • Suria Channel, Mediacorps
  • SAVH: Mr Leow, Fauziah
  • VIP: Ben, Jimmy, Daisy, Steven
  • Angels: Theingi, Jane, Lian Hong, Swati
21 July 2009: Clay Lesson #3 - During this session, Alvin led an Inner-Visualization exercise to work towards the year end clay exhibition. Angels helped the VI-Potters (VIPs) to translate their inner vision onto paper as a blueprint for their clay artworks to be created over the next few months. The VIPs also enjoyed feeling their glazed and fired art pieces.
Visualisation by VIP Wendy and Angel Swati
VIP Daisy and her glazed artwork
VIP Jimmy's rickshaw
18 August 2009: Clay Lesson #4 - VIPs and Angels alike are excited and determined to realize our collective dream - the year end clay exhibition. We continued to build on the blueprints created at the last session. In this session, we created VIP name plates for use at the impending exhibition. Alvin taught everyone the paperclay dry-dry and dry-wet joining technique.
Angel TC Kok with VIP Ben
VIP Hung Kee Tong's nameplate
15 Sep 2009: Clay Lesson #5 - We were pleased that the collaborative creation was getting smoother by each session and that the momentum was high in producing more co-creations by the VIPs and Angels.
Angel Bernard with VIP James
Angel Jeremy with VIP Keng Chye
VIP See Tai with Angel Susan
23 Sep 2009: Clay IN-SIGHT @ NIE - The NIE teacher-trainee volunteers invited Ben and Daisy to participate in the NIE Service Learning Day Exhibition. Numerous Angels came by to help share our initiative with other teachers-to-be. The Guest-of-Honour and MP Penny Low came by and interacted with Ben and Daisy. She also kindly extended an invitation to us to participate in the Global Social Innovators Forum 2009 (1-3 Oct 09) to showcase the social cause of Clay IN-SIGHT.
Clay IN-SIGHT at NIE
Ms Penny Low heard about Clay IN-SIGHT from Angel Alvin
Ms Penny Low with VIP Ben
26 Sep 2009: Angels' Playtime @ Studio - Alvin invited the Angels to enjoy some fun and interaction at the Clay-Street Pottery Studio. Alvin introduced the basics of paperclay and everyone had a great time creating an individual art piece.
Angels at Clay-Street Studio
Angel Mei Lan
Angel Regina
1-3 Oct 2009: Clay IN-SIGHT @ Global Social Innovators Forum at the Fusionopolis - Thanks to Ms Penny Low, Founder & President of Social Innovation Park, who organized the GSIF '09, who offered us a space at the PaTH Market platform at the Fusionopolis atrium to showcase our cause and connect with many of the delegates as well as the office crowd there. It was here that Alvin gave birth to the DRINK TOWARDS A GREENER EARTH idea towards making Clay IN-SIGHT a revenue-oriented sustainable project. Thanks also to the many Angels who so readily offered their time and presence at the exhibition booth to communicate our idea to anyone who walked within hearing distance. Also, we appreciate the presence of VIPs Daisy, Jimmy, Ben, Elaine, See Tai and Rosie. We certainly got our idea across excitingly loud and clear to many there!
VIP See Tai and Rosie at Clay IN-SIGHT booth
Angel Alvin in action
Angel Bernard in action
Angels TC and Swati in action
VIPs See Tai and Rosie with Suhas Gopinath, the world's youngest CEO from India
20 Oct 2009: Clay Lesson #6 - This clay session was particularly productive. We were grateful to Ms Penny Low of Social Innovation Park to offer us a space for our impending clay exhibition on 5 & 6 Dec at the PaTH Market @ Vivocity. Everyone was excited as we gear up for the exhibition. We shall squeeze in a few more sessions over the coming 2 months.
VIP Tan Choon Chin
VIP Steven Yeo
VIP Chiang Wee Lip
4 Dec 2009: Setting Up - After many months of co-creations - moulding, firing, glazing... our dream was coming true finally. The VIPs and Angels alike were as excited as little kids. Thanks to Angels Jane, Swati, Ankit, Theingi, Madhuri, Ajay and Alvin who met at VivoCity after 10pm to set up the display tables and display boxes, getting as much ready as possible to facilitate the next morning's exhibition opening.
D-1 Day at VivoCity
Exhibition space at VivoCity
Angels in preparation
5 Dec 2009: Exhibition Day 1 - Thanks to our army of Angels who arrived at 9am, our Clay IN-SIGHT Exhibition opened at 11am. It was great to see our VIPs dressed at their best as exhibiting artists. What a joyous and busy first day for the VIPs and Angels! Many friends and visitors came, supported and purchased our clay art creations. Many also left encouraging words in the guest book. By the end of this first day, we had sold almost half of all our art exhibits.
Busy set up by Angels
Final touch up by Angels
Our exhibition was declared opened!
Exhibit table C
SAVH ED Judy Lim with Angel Alvin
Exhibit table A
Busy, busy exhibition
VIPs Jimmy and Daisy with supporters
Exhibit table B
Angel Kim designed our Eco-Bags
On-site production of eco-bags
More supporters
VIP Ben with Angel Monica
Support by Srini who bought 4 art pieces
VIP Siew Kim with family and Angel TC
VIP Jimmy Tan with beautiful Angels
VIP Steven Yeo entertaining with er-hu
Clay IN-SIGHT Group Photo
6 Dec 2009: Exhibition Day 2 - Our VIPs took time to share with guests their artistic creations and the Angels also share how they co-created alongside the visually impaired partners. Many guests supported the exhibition with purchases. SIP founder and MP Ms Penny Low graced our exhibition in the evening. We are happy to have sold 80% of all our clay creations! Already, we are looking fondly forward to holding our next Clay IN-SIGHT Exhibition in 2010.
A busy 2nd exhibition day
Penny appreciating VIP Rosie's work
VIP Steven with Ms Penny Low
Angels TC and Madhuri sharing with a guest
Angel Mei Lan and supporter
Angel Jin in action
VIP Daisy sharing her arts with guests
Happy buyer
VIP Rosie sharing her passion with Piyush
VIP Elaine with Mr Leow from SAVH
VIP Ben in action
Happy patrons Hazel and Daniel
Happy Clay IN-SIGHT Family with SIP Family
Almost sold out!
Angels want more... in 2010!

REFLECTION...

Before the exhibition, some VIPs were doubtful if anyone would come and see their works. They had even less confident that people would actually buy their arts. With 80% of our art exhibits sold out within 2 days, this inaugural exhibition proved to be a transformational event for the VIPs as well as Angels. The encouraging level of support by friends and total strangers who happened to pop by was intensely felt by us. It was clear that the passion and boldness captured in the clay expression moulded by the VIPs was felt strongly by many who visited the exhibition. We are glad that the VIPs had a healthy dose of confidence booster while the Angels had a confirmation that the time and effort that they volunteered was purposeful and gainful. In 2010, we shall aspire to propel Clay IN-SIGHT onto a sustainable trajectory towards greater accomplishments.

19 Jan 2010: Clay Session #1 - As with last year, we kicked off the first clay session in 2010 with a Visioning exercise. Every VIP 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.
Visioning within and without...
Blueprint for Greener Earth Mugs
Visioning exercise by VIP Ting Yin and Angel Theingi
6 Feb 2010: Clay Lesson #2 - This was the first hands-on co-creation session and numerous mugs were completed. The designs were getting bolder and many of the VIPs are beginning to experiment with new ideas. Angels were challenged technically too and some started to take up pottery lessons. We look forward to firing this first batch of mugs.
VIP Rosie with Angel Regina
Angel Joe helping VIP Carolyn
Mug co-creation 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. The Angels helped the VIPs touch and feel the orchid with their hearts through their hands. Enjoy more photos at Alvin's FaceBook.
Excursion to Mandai Orchid Garden
Touching and feeling orchids
Angel Jenny helping VIP Wee Lip to feel the orchid
Angel Jane helping VIP Choon Chin to 'see' the orchid
Orchid crafting
VIP Keng Chye with Angel Susan
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. Poor kiln got very little rest and broke down a few times... Angels Jane collecting and painting wooden crates and boxes, Kim making eco-bags re-using newspaper, Varuna indexing all the mugs, Susan designing the banners, Alvin asking around for sponsors and funds... all hands on deck! It was a memorable and purposeful journey for all.
Mugs, more mugs!
Angels painting the display boxes
Angels making eco-bags
Angels LC and Kim glazing mugs at Clay-Street studio
Glazed mugs for firing
Angels Varuna and Jane indexing mugs for the exhibition

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 MP Ms Denise Phua for gracing the opening ceremony as our guest-of-honor and thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. Thanks also to all kind hearted patrons 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. We are so proud to have left a little impression in many at Millenia Walk. Hooray!

Drink Towards a Greener Earth

LAUNCH CEREMONY : 6.30pm 21 Apr 2010 . Millenia Walk, Singapore

EXHIBITION & SALES : 21-25 Apr 2010 . Millenia Walk, Singapore

Would you support using less paper, plastic and polystyrene foam cups in your workplace? It may take everyone a little extra effort cleaning washable mugs but it’ll go a long way towards healing Mother Earth…

Would you consider using ceramic mugs made from the humble earth in place of use-and-throw disposable ware at your office pantry, when serving your clients, and during company meetings and functions?

Singapore’s pioneer batch of Visually Impaired Clay Potters has an inner Green vision to express, a passion to connect with the mainstream society and a desire to be self-reliant and earn a respectable livelihood through their artistic talents and pottery skills. Would you support them?

DRINK TOWARDS A GREENER EARTH is a social initiative that allows you to support the Green Movement and the Visually Impaired. Come visit our first ever exhibition showcasing specially designed GREENER EARTH MUGS that are handcrafted by our Visually Impaired Potters and Volunteers. No two mugs will ever be alike as each is individually created from the heart through the hands without the usual sense of sight. Pick the designs you fancy and place an order with us. Your orders will provide a meaningful, income-generating job for them.

 

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!

Our proud exhibits Exhibition space at Millenia Walk
Greener Earth mugs everywhere Guest-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!
7 May 2010: Yoga for VIP - Miss Kanya Kanchana is a passionate yoga teacher who visited us at our Drink Towards a Greener Earth Exhibition at Millenia Walk. She was impressed with the zest for life in the VIPs and she decided to volunteer her yoga lesson for free to our VIPs. It was wonderful to see the VIPs enjoy this first yoga lesson, called Minds' Eye, by Kanya.
Yoga for VIPs
Happy VIP Carolyn
Yoga in session
8 May 2010: Mug Production Started - 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 to help the new Angels. It's great also to see that some VIPs are gradually gaining independence in the mug creation process.
Senior Angel Jane showing new Angel on mug making with VIP Cally
Cp-creating mug with VIP Soo Cheok
VIP Kee Tong with a new Angel
15 Jun 2010: More Mug Production - Repetition is the best way to learn and master any skill, and pottery skill is no exception. Angel Susan was instrumental in making the mug production more systematic and productive. She created some templates and handle moulds to aid the VIPs in the mug making process.
VIP Ben Wong becoming skilfully independent
Learning how to knead clay
Young Angels from Hwa Chong Institute
18 Jun 2010: Mug Glazing at Clay-Street Studio - With sufficient bisque fired mugs piled up, it's time for Angels to gather at the pottery studio to do glazing to add that dashing colours to the mugs.
Angels Susan and Gill glazing mugs
Angel Susan is skilled at glazing
Glazed mugs ready to be fired
20 Jul 2010: Fired Mugs for Delivery - As batches of mugs get produced, Angels Theingi and Kim started packing the orders for delivery. Meanwhile, the mug production by the VIPs continued under the guidance of Angels Jane, Susan, Anne, Swati, Flo, Madhuri, Gill, etc. The teamwork was simply wonderful.
Mugs
More mugs
Mugs labelled and tracked for packing

18-20 Aug 2010: Clay IN-SIGHT Exhibition at the Singapore Gifts & Stationery Show @ Marina Bay Sands Expo Centre - We were once again thankful to Social Innovation Park for inviting us to be one of its 15 social enterprises to showcase our arts at this regional show. SIP co-founders Penny Low and Elim Chew visited us to lend us their support. During this 3-day exhibition, VIPs and Angels took turn to man the booth. We made many friends and useful connections.

Clay IN-SIGHT Exhibition @ Marina Bay Sands 2010

Exhibition @ Marina Bay Sands Expo

18-20 Aug 2010
Singapore Gifts and Stationery Show 2010
Marina Bay Sands Expo Convention Centre

Thanks to the invitation by Social Innovation Park (SIP), we get to once again showcase the new age arts co-created by the VIPs and Angels, and this time at a mainstream international gifts and stationery show at the brand new Marina Bay Sands Expo Convention Centre.

There were a total of 15 social enterprises invited by the SIP to participate in the Singapore Gifts and Stationery Show 2010 and Clay IN-SIGHT is very proud to be among them. Ms Penny Low, President of SIP, was the Guest-of-Honour who opened the show on 18 Aug 2010.

The Angels and VIPs took turn to set up, man and share our story with guests, visitors and supporters at the show. We were pleased to have generated greater awareness of the art expression by the VIPs. Alvin was also invited to speak at the show. He shared on the topic: "The Fun, Challenges and Meaning in Creating a Social Business".

 

Setup Angels on Day 1
Setup Angels on Day 1
Ms Penny Low and Angel Alvin
Angels Surabhi, Anne and Madhuri setting up the booth on Day 1.
All set to roll! Thanks to Angels Surabhi, Anne, Alvin and Madhuri.
We are always thankful to Ms Penny Low for being ever so supportive.
VIPs Daisy and James at the booth
Angel Alvin gave a talk on Social Business
VIP Ben, Angel Alvin with Elim Chew
VIPs Daisy and James with a supporter David and Grace from SAVH.
Alvin's talk: "The Fun, Challenges & Meaning in Creating a Social Business"
Ms Elim Chew chatting with VIP Ben and Angel Alvin at the booth.
Angels Swati and Theingi
Angel Monica in action
VIP Rosie in action
Angels Swati and Theingi manning our Clay IN-SIGHT booth S15.
Angel Monica sharing the Clay IN-SIGHT story with a visitor.
VIP Rosie sharing her aspiration in pottery with guests.
VIPs Junaidah and Carolyn showing off their arts
Exhibits on display
Shopper turned Angel Norie
VIPs Junaidah and Carolyn showing off their artworks.
We exhibited a good spread of artwork and also sold some away.
Tourist Norie from USA bought VIP Cally's art and joined us for 2 sessions as an Angel.
Supporters from South East CDC
VIP Steven showing off his artwork to a visitor
VIPs and Angels
Supporters Mei Yin and Zero from South East CDC with Alvin.
VIP Steven showing off his clay 'piggy bank' artwork to a visitor.
VIPs Junaidah and Carolyn with Angels Surabhi and Madhuri.

REFLECTION...

Every exhibition is precious in creating awareness for this emerging new form of art by the VIPs and shaping the sense of purpose and the spirit of volunteerism among the Angels. Every such public event is also an outreach for the VIPs to network and share their vision in Clay IN-SIGHT with the mainstream community, thereby promoting social integration. We shall endearvor to nurture and grow Clay IN-SIGHT into a self-sustaining social business so as to provide a platform for the VIPs to shape themselves up to become self-reliant artists in non-sighted artform.

13 Sep 2010: BGC Charity Day - BGC is a multinational company located at Millenia Tower that got to know about our social project from our Drink Towards a Greener Earth Exhibition at Millenia Walk in Apr 2010. BGC kindly offered to adopt us as a beneficiary to its annual Charity Day during which it would donate a portion of the day's profit. As Clay IN-SIGHT was not a formal entity then, we recommended that SAVH be the beneficiary. We greatly appreciate BGC for its kindness.
SAVH and Clay IN-SIGHT at BGC Charity Day
BGC staff in trading action
Angels Alvin and Kim represented Clay IN-SIGHT
27 Sep 2010: Clay Session at the Winning Square @ SingPost - Thanks to the offer from the Singapore Turf Club, we brought the VIPs out for a clay session at its huge and modern off-course betting centre located at the SingPost Centre. Most of the VIPs and Angels experienced this premise for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the warm friendship of the staff there.
Guided tour of the place by Jody
Interview and filming by the Turf Club

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