Totally local!

Yes! Thats right. Sourcing for local clay in Singapore has not been easy, but fortunately our kind sponsor, KLEI, has found and is supplying the festival’s workshops with local Singapore clay!

Check out the colors! White and Red, call me patriotic but there is definitely some resemblance to our Singapore flag, no? Come join us at our workshops to get a chance of making with local clay, after which we will fire it in the historic dragon kiln! Email us for more details if you’re keen! 🙂


dry red and white clay before adding water, and kneading it into malleable clay

after mixing and kneading it together, pinkish red clay is ready to be used!


4 thoughts on “Totally local!

      • I have fired with some clay samples found in Singapore, including the pink and white sample shown in your picture which I guess is from Jalan Bahar. This sample in particular has high shrinkage, does not vitrify well and has high chance of hair-line cracks when fired. Its fired colour is light brown.

        One suggestion is to mix with some more plastic commercial clay or ball clay, but then it will not be truely original clay found in Singapore. However, I also had some successes with local clay, including a 25 cm diameter teapot from very white local clay and several teacups thrown with minimal kneading of freshly dug clay and thus preserving the variations in colour of the original clay (only applied transparent glaze).

        i have done firing at Dragon Kiln at Focus Ceramics. Patience and great perseverance is required. Initial enthusiasm of less passionate potters can gradually turned to weariness as the hours dragged on. The first few hours and daylight may still be manageable but the eerie hours of 2 am to 4 am are when the devoted will be tested. Now that you are considering firing the whole length of the Dragon Kiln, the task will be even more daunting. I hope you have sufficient manpower to stoke all the holes. Then, there tend to be too many ‘Indian Chiefs’ who wants to decide when and where to add wood, how much to add, what should the rate of temperature increase, etc, etc…. I hope this has also beeen planned.

        Another point to take note is the clearing up after the firing. Most will be happy to unload the kiln and take their own works away forgetting that many hours of clearing up the hot, dirty and stinging ashes from the belly of the kiln and the firebox. Yes, beware, the ash is stinging as it is composed of basic oxide and when it comes into contact with the moisture of your sweaty skin, it bites.

        Thanks for reading. Just want to share my knowledge and experience and hope it helps in your adventure.

      • Hello Mr Tan! Wow, what a lot of information. It is so great to see enthusiasts like yourself so ready to share. I wonder if it is possible for us to continue this conversation in real life? Do you work in your own studio that we can visit? Otherwise we will be at Jalan Bahar this coming 6 Oct. Love to chat more on firing, wood or otherwise. My personal fav is soda firing… wish we had one in Singapore.

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