Remaining dragon kilns in Singapore given new breath of life

The Thow Kwang dragon kiln at Lorong Tawas, off Jalan Bahar. Thow Kwang Industry and Focus Ceramic Services which were to operate till December 2014 and January 2015 respectively, will have new tenancies for an initial term of three years. -- ST FILE
The Thow Kwang dragon kiln at Lorong Tawas, off Jalan Bahar. Thow Kwang Industry and Focus Ceramic Services which were to operate till December 2014 and January 2015 respectively, will have new tenancies for an initial term of three years. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Singapore's two remaining dragon kilns have been given a new breath of life after their tenancies were extended by the Government on Saturday.

Thow Kwang Industry and Focus Ceramic Services which were to operate till December 2014 and January 2015 respectively, will have new tenancies for an initial term of three years. This will be renewable for another two terms of three years each.

Both the Thow Kwang Industry and Focus Ceramic Services are located at 85 and 97L Lorong Tawas respectively. For the last 20 years, their fates were unclear as there are plans for an eco-friendly park in the area.

The National Heritage Board (NHB) which had assessed the heritage value of the two dragon kilns since May, had championed for the tenure extension.

The Singapore Land Authority will facilitate the two kilns to continue operations on site. Mr Alvin Tan, group director of policy at NHB, said: "NHB is of the view that the two dragon kilns are of heritage value as they are the last two remaining kilns in Singapore and dragon kiln pottery is a unique part of Singapore's pottery history."