New space!

Work space
Sharing some pictures of our new work space located in a very charming old house in Little India, Singapore. A longtime friend has generously offered to convert a portion of his home studio into a sanctuary for our workshops. An artist himself, he also has a private gallery in the front room to showcase his works. I feel very fortunate to be able to create my ceramic works and conduct workshops in such a beautiful space. Thank you so much B!
Work space

Work space

Work space

Work space

Work space

Work space
Above is a picture from our first Animal Planter workshop. It was so nice meeting everyone and spending a Saturday afternoon together. The workshop dates for February and March 2018 are now up on our site. Come join us for a creative retreat!
https://welcome.polkaros.com/collections/polkaros-craft-club-presents.


Hello 2018!

HAPPY 2018

Happy 2018! It’s still January so I suppose I could still wish you a happy new year. May this be a great year for everyone!! Sorry for not posting for so long! It’s been getting increasingly hard to keep up with blogging over the years with social media platforms taking over. Since it’s the beginning of the new year, I hope to take up the challenge of blogging again just like the good old days.

For new readers, just a brief introduction of myself, I was born in Singapore and my family ran a pottery business when I was young. I grew up messing around with clay and all sorts of crafts. I moved to Tokyo in 2005 to study textile design and upon graduation, worked for a Japanese interior fabric company where I got to design home furnishing products. In 2011, I left the company and launched my own lifestyle products brand, Polkaros. The first range of products were launched during ‘The Polkaros Parade‘ exhibition at Galerie Doux Dimanche in Omote-Sando, Tokyo (2013).

After living in Tokyo for almost 11 years, I finally moved back to Singapore (and got married!). It was not easy relocating after living in a place for a decade as I’ve spent most of my adulthood there and my closest friends/support group are there too. Singapore has changed a lot since I left so there was a lot of ‘relearning’ to do. It took me a while to find my bearings (still in a work-in-progress).

In terms of work, Singapore has been very supportive and I am thankful to have lots of opportunities to share my work with everyone. On my first year back, I had my first Polkaros solo exhibition at K+ curatorial space. After the solo exhibition, I had a pop up shop in Isetan, followed by collaborations with Swatch and Uniqlo. Very thankful for all the support I got from everyone. I have also been running workshops and started lecturing part-time at Lasalle College Of The Arts. I teach a component called ‘Textile Workshop’ where students get to learn about traditional textile techniques, experiment with them and create their original textiles. I really enjoy teaching as I get to share with the students what I love and hopefully inspire them to pursue something they are passionate about.

In the next post I will be sharing some pictures of a new workshop space that I’ve set up with a good friend. Stay tuned!
xoxo
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P.S. above dog figurine is handmade with air-dry white stone clay from Japan.


Polkaros Craft Club

Polkaros Craft Club
Introducing Polkaros Craft Club, a new project we created to share our love for craft. We hope to offer more regular workshops and hopefully go on a craft tour! First up, we are having an intimate Planter Workshop at A Different Clan in Singapore where you will learn how to create your very own planter with traditional handbuilding techniques using air-dry red clay from Japan. To sign up, simply go to our online store to purchase a spot here!

Details are as follow:
Venue: A Different Clan, 30A Seah Street
Date: 25 March 2017, Saturaday
Time: 2pm-5pm
Duration: 3hrs
Fee:US$105*

*Please note that currency on our online store is currently in USD.
Have a great weekend!


We ❤️ Kokeshi

We ❤️ kokeshi

Kokeshi was created during the end of Edo-period in Tohoku region in Japan and sold as a toy/souvenir to tourists at the popular hot springs. It is carved out on a wheel, which is quite similar to how our pots are made.

We ❤️ kokeshi

There are two kinds of Kokeshi doll – the Traditional Kokeshi that consists of 11 different styles and originated from 6 prefectures in Tohoku, and the Modern Kokeshi that was created by modern craftsmen and sold as a souvenir all over Japan. Kokeshi as originally created as a toy for children and is designed in a way that a child or infant can hold on to the doll easily. The width of the body of a kokeshi doll is meant to fit in a child’s hand nicely. We love how a traditional craft and natural material like wood is combined with a cute design and simple colors. I can imagine how a child would be attracted to the toy when they are on a holiday with their parents. It kind of reminds me of how I was naturally attracted to ceramic pieces with faces and colors when I hung out at my parent’s pottery studio as a child, surrounded by more ‘serious’ and ‘adult’ works.

Kokeshi pots
Above is one of our earliest pot shapes that was inspired by the Japanese Kokeshi Doll. I was inspired to create something that would speak to someone out there who is playful and filled with the curiosity of a child.
We have just updated our store and you can see the full Kokeshi collection here.


Activities at Uniqlo Flagship Store

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Hope you are having a great start to the new year! Apologies for not posting as often as I’d hope too. We have been keeping ourselves busy with workshops, making new products and planning our activities for the new year. We are happy to announce that for the month of February, we will be conducting a series of workshops at Uniqlo Flagship store at Orchard Central in Singapore. Check out the line up of activities below. We hope you can join us in crafting some cute and unique pieces with your hands!

Mini Brooch Painting
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Using colorful paints, bring life to a pre-made mini pot brooch.
Date: 4 & 5 February 2017*
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Redemption time: 2:00pm-4:30pm
To redeem for a Mini pot brooch workshop, present a single receipt with $120 worth of purchase at Uniqlo flagship store on 4,5,11,12 Feb. 2017
*This offer has been extended to 11 & 12 February!

Heart-shaped Brooch Painting
Heart-shaped brooch
Using clay and colorful paints, create a unique heart-shape brooch
Date: 11 & 12 February 2017
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Redemption time: 2:00pm-4:30pm
To redeem for a Heart-shaped brooch workshop, present a single receipt with $120 worth of purchase at Uniqlo flagship store on 4,5,11,12 Feb. 2017

Fabric Dyeing: Katazome Fun
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Try your hand at a traditional Japanese hand-dyeing technique called Katazome to apply fun graphics to your LifeWear.
Date: 18 & 19 February 2017
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Redemption time: 2:00pm-4:30pm
To participate, purchase any Uniqlo T-shirt which will be used during the workshop.

Heart-shaped ring dish
Heart-shaped Ring Dish
Using stone clay and colorful paints, craft a heart-shaped ring dish from a scratch.
Date: 25 February 2017
Duration: 1.5hours
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm, 4:00pm-5:30pm
To participate, sign up for free at http://yourstagenowlive.sg/events between 16-19 February 2017.

Mini Planter Brooch Workshop
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Personalize a pre-made mini planter and make a tiny realistic looking succulent plant to go with it.
Date: 26 February 2017
Duration: 1.5hours
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm, 4:00pm-5:30pm
To participate, sign up for free at http://yourstagenowlive.sg/events between 16-19 February 2017.


Uniqlo x Polkaros workshop

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We had 2 sessions of workshops on the opening day of Uniqlo flagship store. The first workshop was at 10am and while setting up, we could sense the excitement of more than a thousand shoppers lining up outside the store. Our participants got to design and paint their very own Polkaros pots. Special thanks to Uniqlo for sponsoring the workshops and to everyone who signed up! Here are some pictures of how it turned out!

uniqlo x polkaros workshop 1
uniqlo x polkaros workshop 2

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uniqlo x polkaros workshop 3

uniqlo x polkaros workshop 4

uniqlo x polkaros workshop 7

uniqlo x polkaros workshop 8

Have a great weekend! x




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