Amutha Sar­a­vanan, 30

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Singhealth Special -

WAS: Re­search as­so­ciate at an ex­ec­u­tive con­sul­tancy NOW: Co-founder of Da Vinci Group (www.davin­cisg.com), which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices for chil­dren, adults and the el­derly, as well as Amooo’s – An Orig­i­nal ., a ce­ramic-ware company. “I started my job in Septem­ber 2010 and still work there part­time. In 2011, I fell in love with pot­tery. Soon after, my friends wanted to buy my cre­ations, so in early 2012, I cre­ated Amooo’s – An Orig­i­nal .

“In ad­di­tion to ce­ramic wares, I also of­fer fun-filled clay jam­ming ses­sions for fam­i­lies. I ac­cept com­mis­sions and cor­po­rate gift projects too.

“As I honed my skills, I re­alised that pot­tery was fan­tas­tic for en­gag­ing the emo­tions, ex­er­cis­ing the brain, and stim­u­lat­ing cre­ative ex­pres­sion. My hus­band has a back­ground in neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy, while mine is in clin­i­cal neu­ropsy­chol­ogy, so we started re­search­ing how we could link psy­chol­ogy with pot­tery. Da Vinci Group (DVG) was born in the lat­ter half of 2012. We use pot­tery as a teach­ing tool to help our stu­dents un­der­stand mul­ti­ple con­cepts and in­for­ma­tion.

“It was very dif­fi­cult jug­gling a full-time job and both busi­nesses, although I was open with my firm about my pot­tery business; my hus­band and I are part­ners in DVG.

“Life is a lot busier but it’s also more pro­duc­tive. I feel happy, ful­filled and ac­com­plished ev­ery day. I feel em­pow­ered and I feel like I’m do­ing some­thing im­por­tant and pur­pose­ful with my life.

“On a typ­i­cal day, I spend some time with my 14-month-old son be­fore drop­ping him off at my mum’s or mum-in-law’s. Back at my home of­fice, I work un­til about 4pm, and some­times I pop out to meet clients.

“When I have com­mis­sions that I can do in my home stu­dio, I work on them after my son is asleep, and some­times I keep work­ing into the wee hours if it is a large or­der.

“The pay­off has been worth it. One DVG mile­stone was when we won our first ac­count with a preschool to of­fer lessons there. The par­ents could see the ben­e­fits of our classes and wanted more. For Amooo’s – An Orig­i­nal ., a big mo­ment ar­rived when I was com­mis­sioned by the or­gan­is­ers of the Sin­ga­pore Mumpreneur Awards and Mama’s Bazaar to cre­ate gifts for the judges and guest of hon­our.

“I have big plans for both busi­nesses. For DVG, we even­tu­ally want to build an academy for the arts and of­fer a neu­roe­d­u­ca­tion-cen­tred cur­ricu­lum as an al­ter­na­tive to the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Very soon, I feel that the time will come for me to take on the busi­nesses full-time. We see huge po­ten­tial in what we are do­ing.”

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