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.
Watch what Martha did when she visited our Dragon Kiln during our firing:
Martha produced a series of videos when she made a Singapore stopover in May this year. The videos were telecast in The Martha Stewart Show in October. What did she think of Muthu’s fish head curry or Singapore’s favourite dish – chilli crabs? Click here to follow Martha as she made her grand tour of Singapore.
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I mentioned in an earlier post that we had a visit from a celebrity on the morning of our wood-firing in May. The news is out! It was none other than the television lifestyle host, Martha Stewart!
Martha Stewart made a stop-over at the dragon kiln on her Southeast Asian tour to film the sights and sounds of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore as part of a documentary travel series for her show. In Singapore, she also visited the Botanic Gardens, Marina Bay Sands, Bollywood Veggies, to name a few.
Mr & Mrs Tan played host and gave her a personal tour of the Pottery Jungle. Martha witnessed and took part in the lighting of the first flame to start the firing. She also watched a rare demonstration by Teck Whui, who masterfully threw a huge pot on the kick wheel.
Read about her impressions of her visit to Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln here.
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We waited, waited and waited…
It was the longest wait ever! Finally, the kiln walls came down a week later on June 6th.
There was a flurry of activity as we went into action to unpack the kiln. As we carried the pieces, we also gave them a closer look. Which pieces had the best wood-ash effect? Were there pieces splattered with salt? Were there any casualties? How many pieces were fired well and how many weren’t?
The pieces in 1st, 2nd and 3rd chambers had disappointing results. The upright cones indicated that the temperature did not reach 1,200 degrees Celsius. Hence, many of the pieces were not “matured”.
Tia arranged the pieces according to where they were placed in the kiln for documentation purposes, while Mrs Tan happily showed off the ash glaze results on the chawan.
Mr Tan and Bakar took a closer look at the wood-fired effects on Bakar’s teapots.
So many pieces – varied and unexpected effects, all carried the unique marks of wood-fired.
Linda and Yang Ce were more than satisfied with their masterpieces.
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