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Hetty Lie Shrieke

b. 1952, Singapore

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Hetty Lie Schricke stopped working as a scientific researcher in 1994 and delved in different art media including aquarelle, oil painting, painting on faience and porcelain and stained glass fabrication.

She was introduced to local pottery works when she was a Singapore Art  Museum Docent. Thanks to Mr Iskandar Jalil, she developed her passion for clay since 2006 and has finally found the material for her art expression.

Clay is like an old friend in moments of reflection. It has its own story and she likes to imagine how it has witnesses the history of that place.

Artist’s Statement

I enjoy experimenting with local clay. After one year’s attempt, I have settled on to the use of Seletar, Jalan Bahar, Kallang and Tuas marine clays as the major clay material, as clay slips and, or as glazes.

Coming back to Singapore after many years abroad, sharing the nature and essence of local clay is a way of defining my identity and my connection to Singapore.

I draw motivation and satisfaction with the local clay aspect, colour and form and my expressions are related to plants and birds and to my Peranakan roots.



1989        PhD in Plant Physiology,  Univ de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, France
2008        Sculpture classes in NAFA


Group Exhibitions

2015        “Tribute to Local Clay: A Pottery Exhibition” by Maya Gallery, at Immagini Art Gallery
2014        16th International Chawan Expo-Singapore 2014, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
                Singapore-Taiwan Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, The Foothills @Fort Canning Park
2013        “Shakei”, Glocal Connect Village Art Gallery, Temasek Polytechnic
               "Iskandar Jalil: A lifelong Passion for his Craft and his Teaching”, Japan Creative Centre
2011        “Invitation to Raw Interpretations”, Art 2 Gallery, MICA
2008        “Inspirations from Kampong Gelam”, Malay Heritage Centre

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