Unearthing S'pore's dragon kiln heritage

Left: Thow Kwang Industry project director Yulianti Tan, 59, and studio director Stella Tan, 27, stoke the company's dragon kiln. Below: Sam Mui Kuang Pottery is believed to have run one of the first dragon kilns here. It had to make way in 1994 for
Thow Kwang Industry project director Yulianti Tan, 59, and studio director Stella Tan, 27, stoke the company's dragon kiln. PHOTO: ALVIN HO
Left: Thow Kwang Industry project director Yulianti Tan, 59, and studio director Stella Tan, 27, stoke the company's dragon kiln. Below: Sam Mui Kuang Pottery is believed to have run one of the first dragon kilns here. It had to make way in 1994 for
Sam Mui Kuang Pottery is believed to have run one of the first dragon kilns here. It had to make way in 1994 for a flatted factory.PHOTO: SAM MUI KUANG POTTERY
Left: Thow Kwang Industry project director Yulianti Tan, 59, and studio director Stella Tan, 27, stoke the company's dragon kiln. Below: Sam Mui Kuang Pottery is believed to have run one of the first dragon kilns here. It had to make way in 1994 for
Sam Mui Kuang Pottery is believed to have run one of the first dragon kilns here. It had to make way in 1994 for a flatted factory.PHOTO: SAM MUI KUANG POTTERY

Before water pipes started snaking through homes in Singapore, households here used to depend on large 25kg stoneware jars - the weight of a 10-year-old child - to store water for bathing.

Workers from Sam Mui Kuang Pottery handmade and fired up such vats at its 50m-long dragon kiln. Each firing could produce 2,500 pots of various sizes.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'Unearthing S'pore's dragon kiln heritage'. Print Edition | Subscribe