It's Clay Day!

Public Class  ·   · Explore the oldest surviving Dragon Kiln in Singapore!

2 To 2.5 Hours
Chinese Origin
Instructed in English, Chinese Mandarin
Ages 8 And Above
Singapore

About the workshop

Explore the oldest surviving dragon kiln in Singapore, learn more about the history of family owned business and we will bring you through the dragon's belly. Last but not least, free your mind in nature and get your hands dirty with clay.

Corporate Workshops available here.

What you will experience

• Join a weekend workshop of participants to explore a Clay Day with Thow Kwang
• All packages include a quick introduction to the history of Singapore's oldest Dragon Kiln and the art of pottery making
• Groups will be divided into those who purchased the "Handbuilding Only" package and those who purchased the "Full Package"

Handbuilding
• Live Demonstration followed by hands-on pottery making through "Hand-building" techniques like coiling, pinching and molding
• Students are guided into making a usable vessel such as a unique mug or figurine! (pictures below)
• Glazing/ coloring of finished art product(s)
• Instructors will go around offering help where needed
• Complete one final product to be collected 3-4 weeks later!*

Full Package
• Complete handbuilding session followed by:
• Live demonstration on sculpting on the potter’s wheel
• Students experience bowl making on the potter’s wheel with Instructor's guidance
• Complete two products to be collected 3-4 weeks later!*

All materials are provided and no prior experience is needed!

* Art pieces require firing time in the kiln and will be ready for collection 3-4 weeks later with notification by SMS (Scroll down to "Other Details" for alternative arrangements)

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Flexible Cancellation

Cancellation is free of charge 1 hour before the scheduled start time.

Booking must be made 1 hour before the scheduled start time.

Other Details

If you are not a resident of Singapore, please take note that the vendor will be happy to give you one of their ready-made products at the end of the workshop. However, if you wish to bring your own product home, Culturally has arranged for courier services at an optimum price. Please advise “courier service required” at check-out and a representative will contact you!

Dragon kiln itself has more than 3000 years of history, it was introduced by the migrants from China to Singapore. Thow Kwang dragon kiln was built in 1940, and first-generation Tan Kim Seh bought over the kiln in 1965. It was used to fire mass-produced items like latex cups for rubber plantation, orchid pots for nurseries, water jars etc. By virtue of this, it is evident that Thow Kwang Industry, or perhaps the entire industry of ceramic production, has been an active and efficacious economic contributor. Today, Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln fires 2-3 times a year. Preserving and sustaining the traditions for more than 50 years and sharing experiences with the younger generations. The dragon kiln is also a cultural icon to educate the younger generation on traditions, heritage and Chinese culture, particularly from the Teochew dialect group.

Location

Note: Full workshop address will be included in booking confirmation email.

Nearby this workshop

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