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Getting Ready for the Firing

Preparations for the firing next week are in progress. The potters have been busy making last minute touches to their pieces and glazing them. Here are some shots of the potters in action!

Each potter employs his/her own unique glazing technique. Ling Mei sprays glaze on her bowl and uses a pump to form trail patterns on her teapots…

Tuan Yong prefers to pour and dip this pieces…

Steven shows how to create zen-like patterns with a piece of gauze drenched with iron oxide before dipping the piece into the glaze…

Linda touches up her hand-build piece which she intends to use for her ikebana creations…

Hua Hoong shows Mrs Tan and Linda how to fold an origami crane for our stoke-a-wish…

The kiln shelves are up in the first chamber waiting for our pieces. Soon the kiln will be filled with pieces big and small, tall and short, all waiting to be fired to reveal the artists’ handiwork.

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Mid-Autumn Festival

It’s that time of the year when the moon is at its brightest.

So bring your lanterns and join the Thow Kwang Clay Artists for an evening of mooncakes, tea and moon gazing.

Date: Saturday, 3 October
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Place: 85, Lorong Tawas (off Jalan Bahar)

PS: Being typical Singaporeans, we will be having more than just mooncakes! 🙂

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Hello world!

Welcome to Thow Kwang Clay Artists’ blog!

We are a group of experienced and beginner clay artists drawn together by our interest in ceramics and all things clay. In a couple of months, we hope to conduct a wood-firing in a 64-year-old dragon kiln, which has been sitting quietly by our workshop, waiting for us to stoke its fires once again.

Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln

Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln

Some of us were involved in two previous wood-firings and it was a learning experience. Much of the knowledge about our local traditional wood-firing has been lost with the decline of Singapore’s pottery industry in the early 1980s. It was through research and interviews with the old practitioners that we managed to collect nuggets of information on the how-to aspects of wood-firing. However, there are still gaps in our knowledge base. We hope to build on those past experiences and record the processes and results of our upcoming wood-firing.

We are intrigued by the unique fire-and-ash look of wood-fired pieces. At the same time, we are also apprehensive over the “we don’t know what we gonna get” results due to our lack of hands-on experience with wood-firing. Therefore, this will be our creative space where we will share our clay explorations, ideas and experiments as we rediscover the art and joy of wood-firing.

So join us in our clay adventures and …. ummm…. sometimes misadventures! 🙂

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