Fired adult by pottery

March 25, 2016 - garden totes

That famous voluptuous pottery stage from a 1990 film Ghost competence be a things of movies, yet a art is gaining new fans here and appropriation a repute as a hip hobby.

A flourishing series of immature ceramic artists are banishment adult seductiveness in pottery by their works and classes. A discerning check shows that during slightest 5 studios here were set adult within a final 4 years by potters in their early 30s. They reason workshops for a open on a weekly or monthly basis.

Pottery is a art of branch clay into ceramic by a banishment process. Clay is dismissed during high temperatures in a kiln to mislay all water, that leads to it hardening. After an initial firing, glazes can be combined to a hardened clay for musical and waterproofing purposes.

At workshops, durability 11/2 to 3 hours, participants customarily learn hand-building – origination ceramic objects with their hands – or wheel-throwing – origination objects on a potter’s wheel.

The cost of such workshops ranges from $50 to $140 for a two-hour session. Hobbyists can also opt for in-depth sessions to learn a correct techniques of pottery.

Besides studios, a Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) also offers a part-time ceramics march comprising 40 three-hour sessions. Launched in 2013, it costs $1,800.

Potters whom The Straits Times spoke to contend a seductiveness in pottery workshops surged about 3 years ago and are generally renouned among those aged 20 to 35.

Ms Michelle Lim, 33, co-founder of three-year-old Mud Rock Ceramics, says: “There’s been a qualification reconstruction in Singapore, that started in a United States, Britain and Australia. People have that enterprise to make something and not usually buy off a shelf.”

Social media sites such as Instagram and online marketplaces such as Etsy have also helped encourage pottery appreciation, generally among a young.

Ms Lee Huiwen, 34, co-founder of one-year-old Studio Asobi, says clay is a really “forgiving” medium, as things do not “have to be ideal to demeanour good”. She records that a origination with a curved hoop or uneven proportions can demeanour even some-more personalised.

Ms Lim and Ms Lee are examples of immature potters who are origination a vital out of ceramic art.

Ms Lee left a career in business growth to pursue what was a hobby, before environment adult her studio.

Her husband, Mr Kenneth Lau, 33, has always desired pottery. He quit his pursuit as an designer this month to join her full time.

Ms Lim has a ceramics grade from Australian National University. She non-stop her studio in Towner Road with a friend, Ms Ng Seok Har, 47, in late 2012. They recently set adult a second studio in Maude Road, nearby Jalan Besar, to cope with a flourishing volume of blurb orders, especially of domestic wares.

While these studios get some income from holding workshops, they rest especially on commissions from businesses, such as origination crockery for eateries or vases for companies.

Ms Lim says: “Production is a bread and butter. We get commissions to make thousands of pieces of ceramics.”

Food and libation companies are starting to uncover a larger appreciation for handmade ceramic crockery, regulating them to emanate suave platings for their food.

Mud Rock is operative on customised crockery for Morsels, a grill in Mayo Street, for a World Gourmet Summit cooking eventuality on Apr 20.

Similarly, The Tuckshop in Guillemard Road uses crockery from Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle for some of a dishes.

Its conduct cook Lim Yi Lian says: “We simply adore how any image – a square of art – looks somewhat different. These ceramic things element a dishes and a business have commented that they are aesthetically pleasing.”

While Thow Kwang was set adult in 1965, Ms Stella Tan, a 25-year-old niece of owners Tan Teck Yoke, is respirating new life into a family business.

The centrepiece of Thow Kwang, located off Jalan Bahar, is a dragon kiln that has been there given a 1940s. There are usually dual dragon kilns left in Singapore, compared with some-more than 20 previously. The other one is in Jalan Bahar Clay Studios along a same road.

Dragon kilns are done of section and take adult a vast space. Ceramics done in such kilns are dismissed by timber instead of gas or electricity, methods that are some-more renouned now since of their convenience.

Due to a distance of a dragon kiln, that is about 40m long, it is dismissed usually when there are about 3,000 clay pieces.

As a result, Thow Kwang’s dragon kiln is dismissed usually 3 to 4 times a year, after aggregation adequate pieces from a weekly workshops.

It will be dismissed today. The routine of banishment is labour-intensive, requiring volunteers to work for 24 hours to safeguard that a heat is confirmed during 1,260 deg C.

Says Mr Tan, 61, whose father started Thow Kwang: “We are perplexing to keep a dragon kiln alive.”

Ceramics dismissed in a dragon kiln acquire an charcoal glitter since of a wood, giving them a particular look.

Since fasten a association 3 years ago, Ms Tan has been concerned in publicising a efforts, including holding some-more workshops and regulating a company’s Facebook comment and website. She is a usually member of a family’s third era to join a business.

She started dabbling in pottery when she was 16, training from her aunt and holding courses during Nafa.

She says: “I don’t wish to let this place go, it would be such a waste. I’d like to safety a kiln for destiny generations.”

Like many immature potters here, she runs stalls during bazaars such as Public Garden flea markets and Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market and also sells her things on online marketplace Naiise.

A purveyor of products designed in Singapore, Naiise bonds ceramics from home-grown studios such as Euphoramics and Weekend Worker. It also teams adult with Euphoramics to reason pottery workshops.

Ms Cheryl Yong, open family and shopping manager during Naiise, says these ceramic-makers “create complicated takes on their products, that helps a normal art form interest to complicated customers”.

Clay’s flexibility accounts for pottery’s far-reaching appeal. While it can be used to make practical objects such as plates and cups, it can also be used to make art pieces and sculptures.

One artist whose work straddles both forms is Ms Ros Lee, 34, a Singaporean formed in Tokyo. She creates ceramic pots, plates and cups with off-hand rosy-cheeked faces, that she sells underneath her brand, Polkaros. Her goods, labelled from $68 to $250, will be sole during a pop-up store during Isetan Scotts from Apr 22 to May 5. She will also sell products such as receptacle bags and purses.

Says Ms Lee, whose family used to possess a pottery business in a 1970s and who ran a clay art studio with her hermit in Bras Basah Complex in a early 2000s: “There are some technical boundaries, yet we can emanate roughly anything with clay… we also like a fact that once it’s fired, clay takes on a new form and becomes functional. It feels like a many obsolete art form.”

National University of Singapore undergraduate Tan Hui San, 23, who attended a pottery category during Thow Kwang recently, says clay reminds her of personification with Play- Doh. She attended a category with her schoolmates and done a vase and a candle-holder. A crony had found out about a seminar from Facebook and Ms Tan researched online for designs she wanted to make before to a class.

She says: “Even yet we don’t consider we have a aptitude for a arts, it was still a fun experience. You can do pottery with friends and family and suffer some fastening time.”

Where to learn:


Dishes during Morsels grill plated on customised crockery done by Mud Rock Ceramics. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

What: In a four-part introduction to pottery workshops, participants can learn a operation of techniques, from wheel-throwing and pleat clay to pinching and coiling techniques and glazing. Limited to 10 participants a eventuality on Saturdays and 18 participants a eventuality on Thursdays. Where: 126 Towner Road (Saturday), 85 Maude Road (Thursday) When: Saturday, 11am to 1.30pm or 2.30 to 5pm; Thursday, 7 to 9pm Admission: $240 for 4 lessons (21/2 hours each) or $70 for ad-hoc lessons (21/2 hours each) Info:


Rediscover Your Dexterity With Ceramics Workshop

What: Learn simple hand-building skills and make a personalised mop in this seminar run by ceramic artist Loy Yan Ling, 42. Where: Naiise @ Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Central, 02-23 When: Jun 4, 2 to 4pm Admission: $135 a chairman Info:

Pottery Workshops What: Euphoramics also offers three-hour workshops and in-depth classes, costing $120 to $450, that concentration on hand-building techniques. E-mail for details.


One of a founders of Weekend Worker, a ceramics collective, during work. PHOTO: MAKERS OF SINGAPORE 

What: Helmed by ceramic artists Ong Su Loon, 41, Ivan Lee, 33, and Chloe Tan , 29. Learn to figure and emanate clay vessels regulating an electric circle or learn hand-building. Limited to 6 participants a eventuality for wheel-throwing and 8 participants for hand-building. Where: Weekend Worker Ceramic Studio, 589A Sealand Road When: Apr 24, noon to 3pm Admission: $120 Info:


What: Try out a potter’s circle and learn how to renovate clay into a organic square of art. Limited to 6 participants a session. Where: Goodman Ceramic Studio, 90 Goodman Road, Block G, 01-37 When: Saturday, 10 and 11.30am and 2pm Admission: $58 (11/2 hours), additional $10 for a choice to glitter works Info:



Ms Lee Huiwen operative with a potter’s circle in Studio Asobi, set adult in her home. PHOTO: STUDIO ASOBI

Living Clay Workshop

What: Make a crater or play in this rudimentary seminar by Studio Asobi. Limited to 10 participants a session. Where: Home studio of Studio Asobi (check website for details)When: Apr 9 and 23, 3 to 6pm Admission: $80, of that 20 per cent of increase goes to Mercy Centre’s Trolley Ministry, that helps a homeless in Singapore Info:

Breakfast Ceramic Workshop With Public Garden

What: Create a breakfast set of a crater and a image during this seminar by Studio Asobi in partnership with Public Garden, that organises markets and workshops. Where: Home studio of Studio Asobi (check website for details) When: May 7, 3 to 6.30pm Admission: $139.50, of that 20 per cent of increase goes to Mercy Centre’s Trolley Ministry Info: projects/workshop


Undergraduates (from distant left) Ho Si Rui and Tan Hui San, both 23, perplexing their palm during pottery during a seminar during Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG 

What: For a eventuality tighten to nature, conduct to Thow Kwang, that is nearby Jurong Eco-Garden. Its dragon kiln is one of usually dual left in Singapore and is dismissed about 3 times a year. Find out some-more about a dragon kiln banishment routine as it will be dismissed currently from 9am to 6am, with a potluck cooking from 7pm. Workshops are singular to 15 people a session. Where: Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, 85 Lorong Tawas (off Jalan Bahar) When: Pottery classes, today, 11am; Apr 2, 2pm; Apr 16, 10am; and May 1, 11am Admission: Hand-building (11/2-hour session) – $28 (child), $35 (adult); hand-building and potter’s circle (two-hour session) – $38 (child), $50 (adult) Info:

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