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Naturam Primum Cognoscere Rerum


It's been a minute! Or at least a month or so. But we are finally here to talk about the time when Tory Burch, came (yes! the high-street fashion house brand but also the lady herself) to Singapore and visited us at Mud Rock. Heck, she more than just visited, she even got her hands dirty and made a pot with us. I know, I know, we had to pinch ourselves too! Also, who looks this good while throwing on the wheel?! It was an honor to have been able to host her, not to mention teach her her very first pottery class!

*Photos are from Tory Burch IG

There was an affinity between her and our studio dog, Buddy. They instantly loved each other! And she was curious about why I named him, Buddy. It was the only name he responded to after I rescued him, and that was that. Only later in the middle of class did Tory tell us that her company has a set of values, known as "Buddy Values" which is essentially a list of lessons she gathered from her late father, Buddy Robinson. Everyone got goosebumps, no one planned it, that magical moment of realization of what it really means when they say, 'It was meant to be' or 'the stars aligned'. It was definitely some kind of sign.

What started out as a collaboration between us and a high-street fashion brand, instantly became a heartfelt coming together of like-minded hard working women. Tory and her team were humble, and kind-hearted, most importantly they could all appreciate our craft as they have their own series of ceramics and do work with ceramicists as well in their collections. We have worked with so many brands over the decade, but it is always the authentic connections that gives us pause because of what we value - being human, being kind and doing our best for those around us.

Later that evening we were invited to a private dinner with the region's fashion industry folks such as top models, musicians, journalists and the like. Thank god for Buddy whom I took along as my plus one, him being his usual flamboyant social butterfly helped us fit in.

At dinner, our handmade ceramics that we worked on with the Tory Burch team decorated the tables that were sprinkled with clouds of blue and white flowers.

The few days with Tory and her amazing team was extraordinary. They took us to a world we would never otherwise experience, and allowed us to befriend humble and creative souls from around the world, and for that we are grateful.

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Not many people know that it was at the inaugural Awaken the Dragon festival I had organized, where Seok and I were first acquainted. She had signed up as a volunteer for our non-profit festival to save the last remaining dragon kilns, and it was during those hours spent filling up the dragon's belly that we discussed our hope for Singapore's ceramics scene and future, while dreaming up a studio with goals and values we believed in.

This was in 2012, and the campaign to save the dragon kilns soon caught momentum, galvanizing the population, making us all aware of this history we have in ceramics but were close to losing. Miraculously, by our second installation of Awaken the Dragon, the collective movement involving over ten thousand people, finally persuaded the authorities to preserve the two dragons for at least another 9 years.

Well, it has been 9 years since, and we thought we share a little video for all those who did not know about the campaign we did with Post-Museum that saved Singapore's last dragon kilns, and started the story of Mud Rock.

**You will notice that the video ends with the news of a 3 year extension, but it is actually a 3 x 3years. While we have reached the 9th year mark, we hope that the global attention garnered via Awaken the dragon, increases the likelihood of this heritage site getting preserved rather than getting demolished.**

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Lulu was Mud Rock's first rescue dog. It is hard to put into words what Lulu meant to us, so I am glad that just before she left us, our friend, Darren unwittingly made a video of us together at the studio.

This first entry will be a short one, because the pain of losing her still stings fresh. We got her from the same dog shelter as Buddy, unlike him though, Lulu was already very old and ill when we adopted her. Yet with the short 9 months we had together, she taught us so much about what it is to love, to forgive, and to make room for those things in our heart. If you ever got a chance to meet Lulu, you would know what I mean.

If you are looking at having a pet in your life, please, please, please adopt and don't shop. If the buying stops, the illegal breeding and tormenting of innocent lives will too. Some of the places to visit are, SPCA or Voices for Animals. Everyone deserves a chance at love and a home.

Peace & love

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