Ripple Root’s vibrant murals can be found throughout the streets of Singapore, brightening up the city with depictions of everything from unique spice plants to animals to office workers living in a colorful metropolis. The duo — Singaporeans Estella Ng (Ripple) and Liquan Liew (Root) — first met as colleagues at a design firm, and were making paintings on the side just for fun. Soon, they had enough pieces for a show, and after this first sold-out exhibition they decided to pursue Ripple Root full-time.
Characterised by a bright and bold palette in a riot of colors, jaunty brushstrokes and plenty of intrinsic movement within each painting, Ripple Root’s murals evoke a sense of freedom, whimsy and playfulness that immediately draws the eye. Their creations deal primarily with the themes of nature and wildlife, while their technique borrows from Southeast Asian ornamentation traditions – such as textiles and arabesque tiles.
As part of a campaign by Ink (sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board) centered on the theme of Resilience, the duo takes us on a personalized tour of Singapore that you can watch here. From the beautiful and hardy greenery found throughout the city-state to the captivating street art that brightens many corners, the video spotlights these defining aspects of Singapore’s identity that have stood resilient throughout – and perhaps in spite of – its rapid development and urbanization.
While the pair work primarily with paint, they also have a deep appreciation for ceramics. Read on for Ripple Root’s recommendations to try your hand at pottery in Singapore.
Operating since 2002, Clay Cove is a pottery studio that offers pottery-making classes for both adults and children. Lessons are conducted from their space at Delfi Orchard at the start of the Orchard Road shopping strip, although they can also conduct pottery appreciation workshops and lessons at a venue of your choice. An adult Hand-Building Pottery Course consists of nine sessions, and you’ll learn how to create, decorate and glaze six pottery artworks. There’s also an eight-session Banding Wheel Course where you’ll build, trim and glaze four pottery artworks with the help of a spinning wheel.
Mud Rock Ceramics
This ceramics studio in the Jalan Besar district offers pottery classes for different skill levels. A beginner’s class will allow you to become comfortable working with clay and covers the five basic techniques in ceramics – coiling, slab-building, throwing, trimming and glazing – while those with prior experience can take a stab at one of the more advanced offerings. Besides joining a lesson, you can also browse a selection of beautiful homewares at the on-site retail store (they also run an online shop). If you prefer to sign up for a private lesson, those can be arranged as well – simply visit their website to find out more.
Pinch Ceramics Studio
Located in a cosy studio in Toa Payoh, Pinch Ceramics Studio offers a space for experienced hands and beginners alike to hone the craft of pottery. They offer classes for both adults and youths (between the ages of 9 to 13), as well as customized workshops for corporate clients and those who are looking for private lessons. Adult classes, which are held on Thursday evenings and throughout the weekends, will school you in hand-building and glazing techniques, allowing you to become comfortable working with clay while developing your own style.