SINGAPORE CLAY FESTIVAL
19 - 29 NOV 2021
PICTURE BY HO KEEN FI
BY THE NUMBERS
Adults and Children
The Clay Makers’ Market was a clay art and craft exhibition and sale for everyone. More than 130 potters from 57 studios and potteries in Singapore exhibited and sold their own clay wares. Pottery lovers had the opportunity to admire and buy a wide and unique range of 300 - 400 works of clay.
Shaping Clay - Masterpotters & Clay Makers was a curated group exhibition of made-in-Singapore ceramics by leading potters and ceramists who shaped our local clay heritage. Practitioners exhibitied here included invited guests Ahmad Abu Bakar, Chua Soo Kim, Jason Lim and Jessie Lim. Alongside these masters, 38 professional and amateur studio potters showcased 50 works that represented the breadth of Singapore clay practice. This curated exhibition showed the creativity and skill of the large and committed community of potters in Singapore.
Our clay makers picked up a bag of ‘wild’ Singapore clay, harvested during construction from Singapore’s own Holland Village area. Part of the Pandan Ridge mentioned in Brian Kemp’s study, this red clay has been tested by potters Chua Soo Kim and Goh Eck Kheng, yielding good results for wheel throwing and hand building techniques. It is not often to be offered a ton of local ‘wild’ clay, so we have asked potters to pay it forward by giving one notable piece made from this clay back to the community, via a charity of our choice.
SINGAPORE CLAY HERITAGE
Singapore Clay Heritage was an engaging exhibition that expounded on our clay heritage, showing how objects made of clay harvested locally are intrinsic to our past and present life. Discover how clay industries including brick-making, the production of rubber tappers’ cups, flower pots and storage vessels crossed over to and became catalysts of studio potteries where professional and amateur potters created both functional ware and artistic work.