Soak up the industrial vibe

23 June 2019
The Sunday Times, Life!, Page C4 & C5

Navigating down the winding third-floor corridor of industrial building 44 Kallang Place, you would never guess that behind one of the innumerable identical grey doors, a love of ceramics art flourishes. The 400 sq ft space is home to Common Touch Craft Unit, which was opened by Mr Zestro Leow and Ms Fyon Cheong, both 25, in October last year. The couple run daily workshops there. With its high ceiling and natural light, the modern studio allows pottery enthusiasts to learn in the privacy of a more intimate space. The pottery studio is just one of a growing number of businesses which have set up shop in industrial estates.

For Mr Leow and Ms Cheong, who graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2015, an industrial unit had always been their first choice for their pottery studio. The lower rental and cosy size, in comparison to shopping centre units, were the main factors in their decision. Their studio comfortably fits up to 12 people at a time – a jump from the five or six they could host in their previous space, a unit half the size and one floor below. Grateful for the landlord’s flexibility in leasing out units, the couple moved their studio upstairs in March this year for a more “breathable” space.

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