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Cultures of Fire

Marcus Bussey wrote a beautiful poem for DragonFire. The poem was illustrated by a young talented artist, AnnGee Neo.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; eBook opening poetry_0006_04 In our hands Light became Fire.

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
Humanity emerged,
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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; eBook opening poetry_0003_07 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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; eBook opening poetry_0000_10 Just as we kindle the Dragon’s Fire, it gives birth to Us.

Poem by Dr. Marcus Bussey
Illustrations by AnnGee Neo



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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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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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IMG_0150 - platter sea shell

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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

Exhibition 2011 – From the Belly of the Dragon

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)


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Wood-Firing 2011

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.


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