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DragonFire at Library@Esplanade

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_7503 - Version 2

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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; P8084118 - Version 2

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

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; IMG_9341 - Version 2

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_7431 - Version 2

Round-robin in session

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

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_7460 - Version 2

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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_7472 - Version 2

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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_7458 - Version 2

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

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; P8084122 - Version 2

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 Grants Showcase

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_0937 - Version 2

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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; _MG_0935 - Version 2

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; IMG_0256 - Version 2

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DragonFire App is ‘Live’

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.



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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

Dragon Kiln Firing 2010

It’s time to awaken the dragon again! Thow Kwang Clay Artists invite our friends, potters, artists…everyone who is interested to our annual wood-firing! The wood-firing will be carried out continuously for the duration of about 28 hours during the Vesak weekend at the end of May.

Here’s the tentative wood-firing schedule. The schedule is subjected to changes as much depends on how well the fire is maintained and able to reach the desired temperature. The main event begins on Friday, 28th May.

26th & 27th May (Wed & Thurs):

Preheating during the day

28th May (Fri):

9:00am-4:00pm – Firing begins. 80 deg Celsius per hour. To reach 560 deg Celsius by 4:00pm

4:00pm-10:00pm – Firing. 100 deg Celsius per hour. To reach 1,160 deg Celsius by 10:00pm

10:00pm-12:00mn – Soaking at 1160 deg Celsius

29th May (Sat):

12:00mn-1:00am – Firing at stoke holes 1 & 2. Temperature: 1,200 deg Celsius

1:00am-4:00am – Soaking at stoke holes 1 & 2. Throw salt into the stoke holes. Stop soaking of stoke hole 1 at 4:00am

4:00am-6:00am – Firing at stoke holes 3 & 4. Temperature: 1,200 deg Celsius. Stop soaking of stoke hole 2 at 5:00am

6:00am-8:00am – Soaking at stoke holes 3 & 4. Throw salt. Stop soaking of stoke hole 3 at 8:00am

8:00am-10:00am – Firing at stoke holes 5 & 6. Temperature: 1,200 deg Celsius. Stop soaking of stoke hole 4 at 9:00am

10:00am-12:00pm – Soaking at stoke holes 5 & 6. Throw salt.


  • BYO food for a BBQ on Friday night. Dine by the firebox while you watch the crackling flames of the dragon kiln.
  • Fire-fly watching on Friday night (if the fire-flies decide to join us :-)).
  • Firing to the rhythm and beat of African drums. Some of our friends will be entertaining us on their Djembes. So bring along your own instruments and add music to the night.
  • Stoke-a-wish: Try your hand at origami, make a wish, and toss the paper figurines into the firebox.
  • 2 Guided Tours for those who are interested to know more about the history of the kiln and the tradition of wood firing.

30th May-4th June

Cooling period

5th-6th June (Sat & Sun)

Unpacking of the kiln and documenting the results


Thow Kwang Industry Pte Ltd, 85 Lorong Tawas (off Jalan Bahar)

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