“How do you make your soup, mom?” I ask. “Just throw all the ingredients in….” She says, all nonchalant.
For some reason, Mom’s soup always had a unique flavour. It was all a mystery until she came over one day, and saw MY version of HER soup. “Not like that!” she said. “You have to use the traditional claypot!”
Once upon a time, every kitchen had a big clay soup pot. But they are hard to find, nowadays. How much do you know about the history of clay soup pot? Objects of the Kiln is a book about the Castle Peak Dragon Kiln and the ceramic objects that were fired there. Built in the 1940s, this Grade 3 Historic Building is the last intact dragon kiln in Hong Kong and one of the few remaining structures of its kind left in the world. The kiln manufactured pottery used widely by Hong Kong people — from clay pots to penny banks — and is emblematic of Hong Kong’s post-war industrialisation from the 50s to the 80s.
The Hong Kong Dragon Kiln Concern Group, have been conducting research on the kiln and advocating for its conservation and revitalization since 2017. As people who worked at the kiln are growing older, memories of the kiln are fading. Through this book, we hope to create a written and pictorial record of the kiln and its people. Support our project so that the stories of the kiln, and these valuable memories of our city, can be passed on.
Hong Kong’s Last Dragon Kiln
By the 1950s, Castle Peak (now better known as Tuen Mun) was the heart of Hong Kong ceramic production with more than 10 ceramic factories. The Castle Peak Dragon Kiln, a 20-meter long tunnel-like structure, was built in the 40s by an overseas Chinese named Szeto Nao Tao (司徒怒濤). Initially a money-losing business, Szeto hired Leung Sum (梁森), a Shiwan kiln master who settled in Hong Kong in the 50s. Eventually, Leung and his workers took over the kiln and renamed it the “Workers’ Pottery Kiln” (⼯合陶窯), firing functional ware of daily use until the 1980s.
Objects of the Kiln tells the story of a kiln and its objects. It is also a tale about Hong Kong and its people. We will tell the story of 9 iconic objects in our book。The book is still on progress, if you would to support this meaningful project, please click the link on below.
支持請按以下連結 Click this link to support： https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hkdragonkiln/hong-kongs-only-dragon-kiln
- 書本規格：大概 250毫米闊 x 180毫米長
- 預定零售價: HK$180 (大約USD23)
- Language: Traditional Chinese and English
- Images: Historical and new photographs, and new illustrations
- Book Size: Approx. 250(W)mm x 180(L)mm
- No. of pages: 160-180 pages
- Place of publication: Hong Kong
- Expected retail price: HKD 180 (about USD 23)
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