unpacking

23 11 2008

Wood firing is labour intensive and hard work. After one week of cooling, today is the day we are all waiting for. Taking a quick look inside the kiln, there is sign of relief and joy in the air! What we see is simply stunning! To compare this picture with the one before the firing, see here

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Looking at the pieces inside the kiln, it is not too much to say that every piece of our work is the visual outcome of the path and activity of the flame and fire. Staring into the details, one can imagine the ash melts into a natural glaze where it lands on the scupltures, figurings, tiles, pots, bowls, plates and jars inside the dragon kiln. Examining further, some of us cannot hide our disappointment as the placement of the pieces obviously affects the appearance. There is a general theory that pieces in chamber 1 nearer to the firebox should receive more ash while pieces in chamber 5 which are away from the firebox may receive less ash. However, the pieces in chamber 1 are less than desirable compared to the pieces in chamber 5. As much as we like to rationalise and imgagine the fire and flame path, it is still very much depending on the element of chance and luck. To me, that is the beauty of wood firing.

Our collaborative tall sculpture is looking really good. Tuan Yong says we may call it “Two to Tango”. My figuring sculpture looks just like me full of freckles due to the ash!

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Visitors to Thow Kwang today were very lucky to see so many nice pieces fired in the dragon kiln. Mr Wong, Mdm Poh, Yang Pow Sing, Kuo Wei and Ron, our faithful supporters came with well wishes. My ex-students, Xiaochang, Tanny came to give us moral support. Kenny and Karen from Book Actually even helped us with the unpacking in the morning. Thank you friends.

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Today, Elfie has a class and Todd is also the instructor cum tour guide for a group of girls who are having a birthday party celebaration at the dragon kiln. The place is just full of life, youthfulness and energy!

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24 11 2008
final packing « 泥土

[…] final packing 9 11 2008 It is such a relief to complete the packing for the dragon kiln. It is not completely sealed yet so visitors can still take a glimpse at the interior. The views below depict the dragon kiln interior at 10am and 5pm respectively. To compare this picture with the one aftering firing, see here […]

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