DragonFire at Library@Esplanade

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We gave a talk, Earth, Wood & Fire: Wood firing and the Dragon Kilns in Singapore, at the Library@Esplanade during the Jubilee weekend, on the eve of National Day. All the potters came out in full force to share.

When we were planning the presentation, we didn’t want to do the usual slideshow presentation, – we wanted the audience to participate and have a hands-on experience. We decided on a round-robin format whereby the audience would move from station to station. After proposing this idea with the organisers and looking at the logistics in terms of space and layout, we had the go ahead.

We gave the round-robin presentation over the course of 1 hour. There were 3 stations, each manned by 2 or 3 potters. At Station 1, the potters gave a coiling and slab making demo; Station 2, they showed the DragonFire app, focusing on the time lapse videos and the 360 degree effects; and the potters at Station 3 with an assortment of leather-hard, bisque, wood-fired and non-wood-fired samples explained the effects of wood firing. The talk began with an introduction on the history of the ceramic industry, after which the audience would be divided into 3 groups and went to one of the stations. After 15 minutes, a bell rang and they moved to the next station. At the end (after 3 rounds), everyone assembled in the seating area again for a Question and Answer session.

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Carolyn began with a brief history of the ceramics industry in S’pore

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Round-robin in session

Station 1 was where everyone had a hands-on demonstration on coiling and slab making.

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Tia & Tuan Yong showed how to hand-build a pot

Station 2 featured the dragonfire app focusing on the timelapse videos on pot making and wood firing effects.

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Hua Hoong and Jeannette (Dezainwerkz) brought wood firing to the library space via the DragonFire app

Station 3 highlighted the wood-fired pieces and the audience was able to touch and feel them.

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Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_7475 - Version 2Yulianti, Hee Lai and Siew Kuan were at hand to answer queries on wood firing

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The audience was attentive and interested in wood firing, the questions came fast and furious! A big thank you to Khoo Ee Hoon, the staff of the Esplanade and the Library@Esplanade for the opportunity to share our passion for ceramics and wood firing.

Photographs by Carolyn Lim & Chua Hee Lai

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Heritage Festival 2015 – Showcase of DragonFire SG App

As part of the Heritage Festival 2015, we will be showcasing our DragonFire SG interactive app at the National Museum of Singapore on 2nd May (Saturday) from 10am-12:30pm. We will share our experience in developing the app. Join us and other grant recipients for a show-and-tell!

Heritage Fest Showcase

http://heritagefest.sg/events/~/media/27eea91d4dd64001ba3bb3c006330eed.ashx

Venue: National Museum Gallery Theatre (Basement 1)

Date: 2nd May 2015

Time: 10am-12:30pm

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DragonFire App is ‘Live’

The DragonFire app is now available for download at the iTunes App Store!

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Want to know more about wood firing in Singapore? See the different wood-fired pieces and their effects. Watch the making of a pot from a lump of clay.  Get an insight into what goes into a wood firing in this interactive eBook with videos and images!

Go ahead and download! It’s free! Now available for iPad only.

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Coming Soon! An eBook on Wood Firing

One of the features of the interactive eBook is the 360 rotational view of a wood-fired piece. If you want to see more of the wood-fired effects, tap on the hot spots!

Coming soon to an iTunes Store near you!

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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