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Hello There!

Welcome to Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

We are a 3 generations family business started in 1965 by Tan Kim Seh (my grandpa), it started off as a cottage industry with a traditional wood kiln (aka dragon kiln).

Many said, we are the pottery paradise!

& yes, we have a crazy amount of pottery wares and hidden gems for you to explore!

What We Do

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We fire up our family kiln aka Singapore's oldest surviving dragon kiln 2-3 times a year.

In June 2020, Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln received

National Heritage Board's "The Stewards of Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Award"

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We offer wide range of pottery wares (table wares, stools, lamps, vases, outdoor pots, many more) & vintage furnitures. 

What you see in our online store is just 1/10 of what we have! (Really!)

Visit our physical shop to explore more hidden gems.

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We create / customise handmade crafts for cafes, restaurants, hotel, gifts, feng shui purposes and more!

Don't be shy to email us :)

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We conduct hands-on pottery workshops for schools, public, community centre and corporates team bonding!

We also conduct historical dragon kiln tour for schools, international organisations, corporates and tour groups.

The Tan Family

Tan Kim Seh

Founder & Happy man of

Thow Kwang Industry Pte Ltd &

Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln

Born in Feng Xi (枫溪) also known as 100 kilns village (百窑村) in China.

Mr Tan is the 3rd generation potter and under the influence of the environment, he helped his grandfather and father with the pottery business to sustain living.

In 1937, he went to Malaysia peninsular to work for his uncle in his pipe factory.

He came to Singapore, bought the dragon kiln that was built in 1940 by migrants from chaozhou.

2nd Gen

The builders behind Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. 

Growing up in a pottery factory, they were influenced and exposed to various pottery wares.

 

As pottery wares were in demand in the past, each of them were assigned to different tasks in the pottery factory since young, despite having to attend school.

Seeing the hard work and effort their parents put in the factory, they carried on their parents' legacy till present.

 

 

Yulianti Tan

Woman behind Mr Tan

(eldest son aka boss of Thow Kwang)

Mrs Tan started Thow Kwang Educational workshops in 2000. She hopes to educate many on the importance of preserving the heritage of dragon kiln and appreciation of ceramics through hands on workshops 

Back in 2001, she and Thow Kwang Clay Artists awakened the sleeping Dragon Kiln in 2000. 

She's a passionate wood firer  and you see sparks in her eyes when she introduces the dragon kiln and her wood fired work!

Stella Tan

Baby in the family business 

Under influence of the family and surrounding, the 3rd gen stepped in to help out the family business in 2013.

With the guidance and support from the Tan family, she took over workshops task from Mrs Tan. Being the young blood, she manages  social medias, online store and replies all your emails/ messages/ comments 

(be nice to her!!) 

During her free time, she creates pottery wares! 

Check out her work here: 

Past - Present

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Cottage industry 

1965 - 1980s

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Import & Export

1988s - present

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Education

2000- present

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Keep the fire alive

2001 - present

Family Kiln

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Our root

Our heritage

"The longyao itself is a living fossil. It records the generations this art has been passed on to, even as Singapore, a young country, has developed," Mr Tan said.

We hope to continue promote the skill of pottery making, knowledge of dragon kiln and process of wood firing to more generations through hands on workshop and tours.

Let's keep the fire alive!

Thow Kwang Clay Artists

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A group of potters who come by Thow Kwang studio almost every weekend, sometimes weekdays to work on their crafts.

  • We create

  • We eat

  • We awake the "dragon"

  • We pool information and resources on glazing and art of wood-firing

  • We share experiences and thought processes 

  • We have fun

Notice

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Please take note that:

Tan family only manages

Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln (85 Lorong tawas)

 

  • We are NOT related to Jalan Bahar Clay studio/ Guan Huat Dragon Kiln

  • We don't have any other branches or affiliated companies (3 ARTS/ Pottery center/ Da VinCi ) conducting our workshops on our behalf.  

Please feel free to clarify with us if you are in doubt :)

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