Leaves with Memories by Davy Young


Back in April, at Makerspace@SingaporePolytechnic, I discovered Leaves with Memories by Singaporean ceramic artist Davy Young. I’ve always been drawn to pottery, an affinity I attribute to a high school art teacher, a ceramicist, who continues to be an inspiration to me.

Young has devoted ten years to developing and refining his skills in producing fine ceramic leaves. His exquisite creations include display ornaments, bowls, plates, pendants, and soap-dishes.

Each ceramic leaf is made individually by hand. It is a faithful replica of a real leaf that has been pressed onto a thin layer of clay, retaining the features and fine network of veins of the original leaf. The piece is then fired in a kiln at 1,000°C and the original leaf burns off. The ceramic leaf is then glazed and fired a second time (at 1,200°C) to give the intricate finished product.

Young’s Water Lilies series is particularly striking.

Leaves with Memories’ wares are sold at Shop Wonderland (37 Haji Ln.) and at artists’ markets around Singapore.