Throwing a Pot in Twenty Seconds

I was trying out the updated iOS8 timelapse feature on the iPhone at Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln. Ng Siew Kuan was throwing a pot and here’s a video of her pot in the making!

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Packing the Dragon Kiln

In March 2014, we fired the dragon kiln. Before each firing, there’s lots of work involved especially the packing of the kiln. Each piece has to be carried into the kiln and carefully arranged to catch the passing flame. Packing the kiln is hard work! Packing the kiln is an art!

Watch this time-lapse of the packing process.

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Dragon Kiln Wood Firing 2013

A 35-sec timelapse of wood firing at Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln held on 13-14 September 2013.
The clay pieces in the kiln were fired for about 28 hours.

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September 22, 2013 · 7:31 am

A New Lease of Life for the Dragon Kilns

Great news over the weekend! The dragon kilns at Jurong are given a new lease of life! At the press conference on Saturday, the National Heritage Board announced that the lease for both Thow Kwang and Guan Huat dragon kilns  will be extended for three years with the possibility of renewal for another two terms.

Mr Alvin Tan, Group Director (Policy) of the NHB, spoke of the heritage & artistic value of the dragon kilns at the press conference

Mr Tan Teck Yoke of Thow Kwang interviewed by the media

For the past two years, the fate of Thow Kwang dragon kiln has been uncertain. The development of the CleanTech Park next door has been fast and furious, and week by week we saw its encroachment evidenced by the diminishing lush green that surrounds the kiln.

This move by the National by Heritage Board is a recognition of the heritage value of Singapore’s last remaining dragon kilns. The lease renewal will definitely spark new creativity and life, as now Thow Kwang is able to make long-term plans to conduct more  community arts programmes.

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Potters in Motion

 

 

What do you get when 10 clay artists are given 10 thrown pots and 3 hours?

Lots of fun and 10 clay handbuilt pieces!

This 2-minute timelapse shows 10 clay artists at Thow Kwang playing round robin with 10 clay pieces! Essentially, each potter works on a pot for 15 minutes, then they all rotate to the next pot, resulting in a truly collaborative project! The pieces will be fired at the next wood firing.

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Once A-Pond A Time

The surrounding environ at Thow Kwang has changed drastically since the development of the CleanTech Park. The wooden stumps mark where our favourite pond hut used to stand amidst the green waters with the fishes and turtles.

Here are photos of our favourite pond and the hut where we had many our get-togethers and monthly breakfasts.

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Exhibition 2011 – From the Belly of the Dragon

Thow Kwang Clay Artists are having an exhibition of their wood-fired pieces!

Come and see the multiplicity of wood-ash effects on clay – each uniquely fired by the dragon’s ‘breath’.

Exhibition: 11 June – 2 July; 10am – 5pm
Venue: Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, 85 Lorong Tawas (off Jalan Bahar)

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