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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.

Highlights:

  • 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

Place:

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

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Potters at Work

After a long hiatus, the potters at Thow Kwang have been busy throwing, coiling and hand-building pieces for the upcoming wood firing. Here are some of them in action:

Tia and her mosaic piece made from multi-coloured clays.


Steven’s new series inspired by nature’s seeds and seed pods. He started with a coiled form and developed it iteratively.



Here’s a peek at the spread of the bisque pieces that we will be glazing in the next week followed by the laborious packing into the dragon kiln. There is still much to be done before the firing at the end of the month. As always, prior to a firing, we feel an equal proportion of excitement and apprehension.



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Wood Kilns of the World

Thow Kwang dragon kiln is on the world map of wood kilns! Thanks to potter Simon Levin of Wisconsin, our dragon kiln is the latest addition to his map which shows  more than 90 wood kilns around the world. It is no mean feat. It is interesting to click on the pins on the map and look at the varied range of wood kilns. Quite a number of the kilns were personally built by the potters themselves. Just amazing!

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