Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

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Ideal time : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM,
Closed on Chinese New Year

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, Singapore Overview

Built in 1965 in the Western area of Singapore, the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is a quaint little place nestled in a farm, away from the usual tourist area of Singapore. A hidden gem of tourism in Singapore, it houses one of the oldest Dragon Kilns in Singapore, built in the 1940s.

36 meters long, this traditional kiln is shaped like a dragon and is built on a slope out of bricks. It is fired up a few times a year, and these occasions are widely celebrated in the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. Tourists and locals gather alike, to watch the firing up of this majestic Dragon Kiln, a process which can take up to 30 hours to be complete. Alongside the Dragon Kiln, the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle also holds various types of pottery workshops. These workshops are fun and interesting and often involve a tour of the Dragon Kiln. They cater to both children and adults. An array of beautiful cups, pots, plates, vases, curios, ceramic kitsch and even furniture is sold by the Pottery Jungle, all available at very reasonable prices.

Set in a quiet, rustic atmosphere, this place is well worth a visit for anyone who wants to experience what Singapore used to be like before the trend of development and industrialisation set in. A cultural and historical landmark, the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle will leave the visitor feeling refreshed and relaxed.

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Dragon Kiln at the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

The nearly 70-year-old Dragon Kiln is the major attraction at the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. Built in the 1940s, it is one of the oldest surviving Dragon Kilns in Singapore. 36 meters long and nearly 2 meters wide, this ancient Dragon Kiln can hold almost 5000 ceramic pieces inside. Fired by timber through various openings, which are known as the 'dragon eyes,' this Kiln takes nearly 30 hours to be fired up completely. The firing of this huge Kiln takes place 3-4 times a year and is a sight to behold. During the firing procedure, the pots are dipped in a river of fire and the ashes react with the glaze to produce stunning colours and incredible textures. This results in exceptional pieces that have a blush of flame in them. Such pieces cannot be manufactured by gas and electric kilns and this is what sets them apart. Dragon Kilns were earlier used to mass produce cups and wares for household and industrial use. Nowadays, the Dragon Kiln is used to provide a platform to artists and potters and promote appreciation and admiration for the endangered art of wood-firing. The Dragon Kiln is also significant as a cultural icon which is used to make the younger generations appreciative of their traditions and heritage.

The Historical Dragon Kiln Tour

This tour involves the majestic Dragon Kiln at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, which is one of the oldest in Singapore. The guide informs the visitors about the long history of the Dragon Kiln and Thow Kwang while taking them on a walk through the Kiln itself. Visitors are also shown a live demonstration of the potter's wheel. This tour usually last for around 20 minutes.

Workshops at the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

The Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle hosts various workshops about the potter's wheel, firing, and glazing. Some of the most popular workshops are the I love Pottery Workshop and the Public Workshops which include Clay Day and Soap Dish x Soap Making Workshop. The Pottery x Archery Workshops are very unique as they include not only visiting the Dragon Kiln but also trying a hand at archery. A range of group workshops are also held on the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle premises. These include Ikebana Workshops, Parent Child Bonding Workshops, Children and Adult Pottery Workshops, and a Dragon Kiln Workshop, where participants can fire their own art pieces in the Dragon Kiln. Most of these workshops include walking through the Dragon Kiln (when it is not fired up), live demonstrations of the potter's wheel, hand building and a glazing session.

Tips For Visiting Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

  • It is very important for visitors to carry insect repellent.
  • While there is no entry fee, one may have to pay to take part in a workshop

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