Marcus Bussey wrote a beautiful poem for DragonFire. The poem was illustrated by a young talented artist, AnnGee Neo.
In the beginning was Light!
The primordial silence was shattered
by the Big Bang
when all that is began to unfold.
After many experiments in form
Children of the Light,
recycled star dust.
In our hands Light became Fire.
Our love of Fire gave birth to Culture.
Around the camp fire we gathered
to tell stories, cook food, share memories.
We tamed Fire and Fire tamed us.
The magic of Fire birthed
the alchemy of Culture,
and Culture lead to Technology as surely
as a seed becomes a tree.
From the intestines of the Fire
vessels emerged to hold our food,
to carry our drink, to cherish our Dead.
From the fiery furnace of the Dragon’s belly
came bricks to build homes, villages and cities.
As these things arose communities grew and flourished.
Just as we kindle the Dragon’s Fire
it gives birth to Us.
Poem by Dr. Marcus Bussey
Illustrations by AnnGee Neo
Wood firing and Thow Kwang dragon kiln is featured in MUSE!
MUSE is a quarterly publication on museum and heritage-related events by the National Heritage Board.
Organised by the National Heritage Board, the Heritage Grants Showcase was held at the National Museum. We shared with the public our experience in developing the Dragonfire app and its concept. Other grant recipients were also present to show their work. There was an interesting mix of projects from card games to paintings and publications. Carolyn Lim, Chia Hua Hoong, Tan Tuan Yong, Jeannette Lau, Ng Siew Kuan and Yulianti Tan were at hand to answer questions from the public.
The DragonFire app is now available for download at the iTunes App Store!
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.
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!
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!
Posted by CLim
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.