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Exhibition 2009

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Join us in our second exhibition of wood-fired pieces from Thow Kwang dragon kiln.

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From the Belly of the Dragon

After firing for over 32 hours, we were eager to see our pieces. Here’s a peek into the belly of the dragon.

It required some effort to break the sealed doorways and the damper wall before we get a good view of the fired pieces.



Pieces from Chambers 4 and 2.

A closer look at the clay pieces.


A variation of textures bearing the effects of intense flame, fly-ash and salt – unique only to wood-firing.


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Dragon Kiln Firing – Day 2

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Firing at the stoke holes started around 9am Saturday, and all the helpers proceeded to the top of the kiln.

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Thanks to all the enthusiastic young people from GUI and potters from Steven’s class, the firing process went rather smoothly. The fourth and final stoke hole was opened around 4pm. The firing at ended earlier than scheduled at 6:00pm. There was even time for some to have photo breaks and Tia could even do a quick sketch. You can see Tia’s beautiful sketch here.

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There were visitors streaming in and out the whole day and our potters were at hand to give them a personal account of the wood-firing process.
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What is a firing without a barbeque? So the evening ended with a delicious BBQ spread prepared by Mrs Tan, Ati and Amy, as well as finger food from our guests and potters.

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A big thank you to all who sacrificed their National Day weekend to help out and take part in, or drop by at our dragon kiln wood-firing!  We would like to specially thank Song Hui, Jolyn, Jimmy, Kim, Kim Han, Harish, Chia Chia, Andy, Diane, Yen Pyng, and Debra from GUI; Steven, Hong Seng and Xiao Ling!

The results of the firing will be seen only when the kiln is opened and the pots and clay pieces unpacked on 22nd August.

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Dragon Kiln Firing – Day 1

Firing is at the 2nd stoke hole as of the time of this posting (12.45pm).

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Our firing for the first day went smoothly with helping hands from members of GUI, Potter Steven and his students, and Elfie.

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At the early morning hours of Saturday (5am), the temperature was around 1,100 deg Celsius after 19 hours of continuous firing! The first stoke hole was fired at around 9.30am (Saturday).

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