Unlike many who shared stories of childhood inspirations, Mr Davy Young tells us a different tale, one that can inspire lifelong learning.
Mr Young is a ceramic artist in his late 60s and he picked up pottery as a hobby when he was in his mid-50s in preparation for his retirement, attending basic courses in ceramic arts at a Community Centre. As Mr Young is a nature lover (having spent his childhood in the countryside), his ceramic art tends to incorporate texture formed by tree-bark and tropical leaves. In 2003, Mr Young was inspired by beautiful ceramic leaves made by British artist Ms Judy Brown, whose artwork was featured in a magazine. Mr Young corresponded with Ms Brown who shared some basic steps on leaf-making. From then on, Mr Young devoted much of his spare time exploring techniques to perfect his skills in leaf-making, developing his own artwork style in the process. He proudly shared that each leaf is unique because they were made using impressions of a freshly-plucked leaf, and they were both ornamental and functional.
Sometime after Mr Young retired from the workforce in 2010, he was encouraged by his potter friends to consider selling his artwork on the market. Encouraged by his friends’ support, he began to take part in art markets and approach some retail shops to carry this artwork. His artwork has since been carried by the gift shop at The Botanic Gardens and a shop at Haji Lane under the label “Leaves with Memories”.
Mr Young’s story is a good reminder to us that it is never too late to learn. We hope this story inspires you and that you will share this admirable spirit with those you know.
Come by Senja-Cashew CC this weekend to check out Mr Young’s work pieces at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire! He will also be giving a “one-session only” demo on ceramic leaf-making on 27 July, Sunday from 2.45 – 3.15pm. See you there.