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.
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.
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.
Posted by Carolyn Lim
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.
Posted by Carolyn Lim
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.
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)
Join Thow Kwang Clay Artists on the evening of February, 25 for our annual firing of the historic dragon-kiln!
This firing will be extra special, as we will be firing the entire length of the kiln for the first time in many years.
We will fire up the barbecue pit, so please bring your own food to cook and drinks, and plan to spend the evening relaxing and dining in nature. We will also have an education tour at 8pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early for the tour.
Every wood-firing at the dragon kiln is a wonderful experience for all who come. You can read about our previous wood-firings here, here and here. Or watch a video of our 2003 firing here.
So bring along your friends and family to watch a traditional wood firing!
Please Note: To ensure that you enjoy the evening in comfort, please bring insect repellent if you are susceptible to insect bites, as the place is adjacent to a secondary forest.
Address: Thow Kwang Industry Pte Ltd, 85 Lorong Tawas (off Jalan Bahar). Click here to see map.