1 Here I am with Yulianti Oey as she explains to me how this magnificent dragon kiln works.
2 I was very honored because I was invited to light the enormous Dragon Kiln.
3 To fire up the 130-foot kiln, mounds of wood are required!
4 This behemoth kiln is fired only twice a year.
5 This dragon kiln was built in 1940 and it is capable of firing up to 5,000 individual pieces of ceramic works in one session!
6 Before each lighting of the kiln, a sacred Taoist prayer ceremony is held. This is an offering of roasted duck and pork and fresh fruit.
7 Yulianti Oey passes the religious offerings to her husband
Tan Teck Yoke.
8 The offerings are placed on the kiln's alter, honoring the God of the Kiln.
9 Tan Teck Yoke adjusting the alter
10 More offerings for the ceremony
11 Mary Ann and Frankie always work hard to get interesting camera angles. The heat was oppressive that day and the kiln had not yet been lit!
12 Here I am preparing to light the kiln.
13 The flame comes from one sacred candle, used in the Taoist ceremony.
14 Igniting the wood
15 Then, Tan Teck Yoke lit some ceremonial incense.
16 After the initial lighting, the TK staff got busy loading more wood into the kiln.
17 Meanwhile, the crew was taping.
18 The fire quickly grew.
19 Soon after lighting, smoke began to seep through the expansion cracks of the kiln.
20 As the fire intensifies, the kiln actually begins to glow, causing its long shape to look just like a raging fire-blowing dragon.
21 Pots are loaded into the kiln through a number of entrances, which are seal off before the kiln is lit.
22 Here's a diagram of the dragon kiln.
23 A potter busy at work creating a rather large piece
24 This is very physical work as this potter's wheel is powered by leg strength.
25 A smaller electric wheel
26 And another
27 There is a pottery school at TK Pottery.
28 Glazes and tools of the trade
29 Here are some interesting pots made by the students.
30 Clay being readied for the wheel
31 Clay for other projects
32 A very beautiful abstract vase fired previously in the kiln
33 More pottery creations on display
34 The shop is located in an adjacent building.
35 A personal TK collection on display
36 This sign is warning visitors not to feed the many monkeys located around TK Pottery. They are wild and can be dangerous.
37 A view of the store - It is very large.
38 TK has collaborated with renowned pottery and porcelain-works in China and Taiwan to develop and transfer traditional and Chinese ceramic artistry to Singapore.
39 They also sell non-ceramic items, such as these carved marble dragons.
40 And these colorful stones
41 We liked how this giant wooden wheel was made into display shelving.
42 These are ornate ceremonial pieces.
43 Buddhas and such
44 A view of the shop taken from the second floor
45 Here I am with Yulianti Oey and Tan Teck Yoke.
46 Signing a book for Tan Teck Yoke and Yulianti's daughter and her friend