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|KUCH1NG CITY TOUR
RM50 per person
The capital of Sarawak, a city which features the perfect
blend of history, culture and modern development. The
lour will cover places of interest such as the :
Pottery Factory Kuching
Buses STC Nos 3, 3A, 9A & 9B ply the Penrissen Road.
The showrooms has a wide range of ceramic wares ranging from huge pots and jars to smaller souvenir items of coffee mugs and flower vases.
Visitors are welcome to stroll around the factory area at the back.
At the back of the showroom you'll find the
artisans at work - the potters sitting on low stools by their wheels
and artists decorating the pots with colourful Sarawak-inspired
The potter sits at a low stool and places a lump of clay on the wheel. By touching a pedal the potter sets the motorised wheel in motion and then presses his thumbs into the clay to create a hollow opening.
He then works his way upwards and outwards to form the desired shape of pot.
During this process, the potter frequently dips
his hands into a nearby bowl of water to keep them lubricated for
the task at hand.
When the plank of wood is full of pots it is carried away and the pots are left to dry.
If a design is to be cut into the surface it will be done when the pot is still damp.
When the pots are dry they can be painted with their chosen designs.
After all cutting and painting is complete the pots are glazed, either with a brush or with a fine spray.
Only when the pots are absolutely bone dry can
they be fired. Even the smallest patch of dampness can cause the pot
These "dragon kilns" were approximately 25 metres long and could accommodate up to a 1,000 pots of various sizes.
The kilns had two openings which were bricked up
before the kiln was fired. Firing took 36-48 hours, and after that
the kiln was left to cool for a full day before being opened and
There were two main reasons for the switch. Firstly, the modern gas-fired kilns now in use offer exact temperature control, and secondly government policy was to encourage traditional industries to reduce smoke emissions where possible.
Ngee Tai Pottery now uses a gas fired kiln but the
old tunnel-shaped dragon kiln is still located at the back of the
showroom. The factory stopped using the traditional kiln about three
years ago but visitors are welcome to take a look at as they wander
INDEX of Kuching City September 24, 2017 11:42:20 PM