I was trying out the updated iOS8 timelapse feature on the iPhone at Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln. My friend and ceramicist, Ng Siew Kuan was throwing a pot and here’s a video of her pot in the making!
My teacups, bowls and pitchers are glazed with either white satin, shino or ash glazes! I added a sprinkling of banyan tree ash, hoping that it will create interesting effects on the surfaces.
This time all our clay pieces filled up 5 chambers! The kiln is packed and all is set and ready for the firing on Friday!
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.
I have been spending more time behind the potter’s wheel than the camera lens. It is only to be expected as now I am back home in the little red dot. No more hiking and photo trips to wild places, at least for the time being.:-(
As I have a remote interest in any of the Singapore’s favourite past-times (i.e. shopping and eating), I have to find my own worthwhile pursuit. I previously wrote about my Sunday visits to the dragon kiln. It was during one of these morning breakfasts that we decided to awaken the dragon and carry out a wood firing.
So last year, our casual group became Thow Kwang clay artists. Somehow things gained momentum and we not only had a successful 48-hour wood firing in November but also an exhibition of our wood-fired pieces. You can read about our wood-firing experience in this blog.
Here are some of my wood-fried pieces.
There is something about working with clay. It is very satisfying to see a lump of clay turned into a bowl, teacup, vase or some form or other. So I will be focussing more on pottery, perfecting my throwing and glazing skills and experimenting with the various firing techniques. Thow Kwang is my Sunday retreat, far from the maddening crowd – a place where I can relax, exchange ideas and create.