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Reasons to go home.

SIN Ceramics

Words / Jas Tse
Translation / Iris Heung

偶然在網上看到一幀別人家的照片、翻到雜誌有關家的專題、Airbnb房東對房子的詳盡描述,以至在家品店看到陳設,立即在腦裡比劃如放在自己家,那個木抽屜位置大小合適嗎、上面放一盆小仙人掌好像也不錯。

也好奇大家的收納空間、餐桌與書櫃長哪個樣子,於是熱愛到朋友家作客,每個角落都暗藏提示,能推敲屋主習慣,能嗅到滿滿的生活氣味。或者從沒有搬家經驗,卻有很多對家的想像。也可能是對一個屬於自己的地方的嚮往。像一齣我喜歡的電影裡面一句讀白:「從今天開始,有一個屋簷下,她終於可以全權做主。」

Whenever I come across photos of someone’s flat online, or a feature of home decoration on a magazine, or an apartment description on an Airbnb profile, or even spotting some homewares in shops, I would try to imagine if the same ideas could be applied to my home. I would sometimes try to picture if the wooden drawer can fit into my room, or whether I should even put a mini cactus on top of it?

I am always curious about how others organize their space like how the dining table and bookshelves are arranged. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy visiting my friends’ home so that I can figure out their habits through the little details hidden here and there. It is like a map that leads me to experience their way of living. Perhaps since I never moved in my life, so the idea of home appears to be a boundless imagination to me; this enthusiasm can also be attributed to my desire to have my own place to stay. This feeling can be explained by dialogue from a movie I watched that says, “Starting from today, she has her own home that she can finally be in charge of.”

“We don’t make things. We make comfort. We make reasons to go home. (…) Things that help you find home, wherever you are.” — SIN Ceramics


我懂,這種心情就如買了一只心愛的杯子,如果是茶杯,就會急不及待想常常回家泡茶。你知道空間設定會改變行為模式的。

I can easily identify with this belief — when I buy a beautiful mug, I would be so eager to go home and brew a nice cup of tea. We all know how the setup of space can influence our behavior and routine.

SIN的陶器,魅力在於它帶來的想像。看著覺得空隙大到水果會掉下來的水果籃,清楚看見一顆挨著一顆生澀或完熟。還有能放一根或一對蠟燭的燭台,輪廓簡單如手畫線條,有手捏陶的率真,沒上釉的便乾脆呈現泥土本來的質地。擱在牆邊或任意某個角落都似一幅畫。

於是又開始默默想像 —— 插一根蠟燭,點一個晚上,在盤中挑一顆熟得正好的梨子。東西不用太多,可以更愜意的生活。有了很多窩在家裡的理由。

The SIN ceramic ware is charming for how creative it looks. Their fruit bowl has these holes that look big enough to have fruits falling out, but these holes also allow you to see clearly how ripe each fruit is. They also made these candle holders that fit only one stick or one pair of candles. The structure is as minimal as a hand-drawn outline; without glazing, the genuine charisma of handbuilt pottery is fully exemplified.

In my mind, I started to picture about putting a lit candle in the holder and picking a ripe pear from the fruit bowl. One does not need to own much to enjoy a delightful life, some pleasant objects can be the good enough reasons to keep you at home.