Dragon Kiln In Singapore
A traditional wood kiln built with bricks and clay by Chinese migrants in 1940. Purpose of the kiln is to fire clay work to desired temperature. The beauty of dragon kiln is the ashes deposited itself on the art work, reacting with the fire, clay and glazes - give a rustic & unique effect. This effect can't be enhanced in any form of firing (Electrical or gas).
In Singapore, there is only one surviving dragon kiln - Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln. Owned by Tan family since 1965, keeping the fire alive since then. Dragon kiln firing is a labour intensive task and it also requires long hours of feeding woods into kiln and monitoring the temperature from time to time. Kiln is left to cool down for a week before unloading. The outcome of the art work is unpredictable - thus making unloading kiln can be very exciting!
Electrical kiln is a heating chamber runs by electricity. The outcomes of product in the electrical kiln are predictable and consistent. Temperature is set in the kiln system and it runs accordingly per hour, thus not much labour work is required.