Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thow Kwang Pottery Workshop & The Dragon Kiln!

Visited this place for a pottery workshop on the 30.09.2017
Founded in 1965 by Tan Kim Seh, Thow Kwang started off as a small cottage industry. Initially, they produced glazed pottery cups for nearby rubber plantations, used in the collection of natural rubber. Thow Kwang also met the demands of the local consumer market by manufacturing water jars, which were utilised for bathwater storage. In the 1970s, when Singapore’s domestic economy changed to favour the growth of orchid farms, Thow Kwang adapted to new market demands by increasing its production of pots in various shapes and sizes. It is a rich history that illuminates just how much Thow Kwang – and perhaps even the entire ceramic production industry – has been an active and efficacious contributor to Singapore’s economy.
At the workshop, the trainer, Stella gave us a very good lesson on how the pottery was made.
Showing us the different techniques of making the pottery.
Here.. myself havin' hands on in making the pottery.
It is something I've never tried before, and its a good experience to have a feel of it and explore various techniques of making the pottery.
You can use your fingers to pinch with right strength to pull up the pot and even use your finger nails to make designs to the pot.
We also visited the Dragon Kiln!
Built in the 1940s, the Dragon Kiln at Thow Kwang is one of the oldest surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore for wood-firing. During the wood- firing process, the pots are engulfed in a river of fire and the ashes react with the glaze to produce unpredictable colours and textures, resulting in unique pieces that have a blush of flame not found in those fired by gas and electric kilns.

Here I am going to enter the Dragon Kiln!
In the early years, the Dragon Kiln was used for the mass production of cups and functional wares to meet the demands of household and industrial use.
Now, the Dragon Kiln provides a platform for artists and potters to pursue their artistic interests, fuelling an understanding and appreciation of the disappearing art of wood-firing. The Dragon Kiln also stands as a cultural icon to educate younger generations on the traditions and heritage of Chinese culture, particularly the Teochew dialect group.
Later we were ushered to make some potteries on our own.
Here I supposed to make a cup of a dog like the one ABOVE!
But ended up become like that.. Lol~!
Got somebody ask me is it Koala Bear!? hmm...
Here are our artpieces.. still need to send for heating.. so I dunno how my dog cup will look like. Maybe become Hotdog Cup! Lol~! Jus kiddin'
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For the past 15 years, Thow Kwang has been actively promoting a better awareness and understanding of pottery and the art of wood-firing. By conducting educational tours and pottery workshops for schools and the general public, they hope to enhance the appreciation for the traditional art of porcelain and wood-fired ceramics in our country, and to contribute to a deeper engagement with the arts and culture in everyone’s daily lives.

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On the 11.11.2017 (Sat) - Thow Kwang Pottery will be Firing Up the Dragon Kiln!
There will be series of workshops for you to attend and explore.
Feel free to bring your family and kids to experience this art of pottery, its a Saturday anyway! :)
More information of the workshops in the poster pictures below.
For more information, visit https://thowkwang.com.sg/