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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.

Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; Muse 1Carolyn Lim: DragonFire &emdash; Muse 2


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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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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

Dragon Kiln Firing – Day 1

Firing is at the 2nd stoke hole as of the time of this posting (12.45pm).


Our firing for the first day went smoothly with helping hands from members of GUI, Potter Steven and his students, and Elfie.

_MG_1903a _MG_1920a

_MG_1904a _MG_1945a

At the early morning hours of Saturday (5am), the temperature was around 1,100 deg Celsius after 19 hours of continuous firing! The first stoke hole was fired at around 9.30am (Saturday).

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Dragon Kiln Wood-Firing 2009

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~ Clay, Wood, Fire and Ash. An Art and a Tradition. ~

Join Thow Kwang Clay Artists for 2009 Dragon Kiln Wood-Firing!
Date: 7-9 August 2009

Mr Tan at the Fire-boxElfie Stoking the Flames
Burning WoodTY Firing

The actual firing will begin at 9am, 7th August (Friday) and will continue to the early morning hours of the 9th (Sunday). This is the tentative schedule as much depends on how well we are able to maintain and control the firing to reach the required temperature.

Smoking and Drying
5th & 6th Aug (Fri), 9am-6pm

Firing to High Temperature
7th Aug (Fri), 9am-6pm
25 deg C – 500 deg C

7th Aug (Fri), 6pm-12mn
500 deg C – 700 deg C

8th Aug (Sat), 12mn-6am
700 deg C – 900 deg C

8th Aug (Sat), 6am-12pm
900 deg C – 1000 deg C 900 deg C – 1100 deg C

8th Aug (Sat), 12pm-4pm
1000 deg C – 1100 deg C

Firing at Stoke-holes
Stoke-hole 1
8th Aug (Sat), 4:00pm-08.00pm 12:00pm-1.30pm
1100 deg C – 1250 deg C

Stoke-hole 2
8th Aug (Sun), 08.00pm-12mn 1.30pm-4.30pm
1100 deg C – 1250 deg C

Stoke-hole 3
8th Aug (Sat), 4:30pm-7.30pm
1100 deg C – 1250 deg C

Stoke-hole 4
8th Aug (Sun), 7.30pm-10.30pm
1100 deg C – 1250 deg C

TAKE NOTE: FIRING IS ENDING AT 6PM (Saturday) After the firing there will be a cooling period before the kiln is opened.

Cooling Period
9th Aug (Sun), 12mn to 16th Aug (Sat)

Unpacking the Kiln
16th Aug (Sun) at 10:00am

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

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