Pottery in Penang: A Folk Art with a Future

By Lim Sok Swan

July 2021 FEATURE
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Ooi arranges the clay objects in the wood-fired kiln at Artopia, Balik Pulau.
TO MAKE POTTERY, one must understand the nature of Earth, of clay, more fundamentally. It starts with sourcing the right body from five main clay types: earthenware, stoneware, ball, fire and kaolin. Several criteria guide this selection; these include the making process, the size and form of work, and the kiln type and its temperature limits.1The clay body you find locally is relatively rough and cracks easily; it has to be combined with other clay types for the shape to...

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Lim Sok Swan

is currently focusing on heritage studies. She believes that more understanding among different groups and cultures can make Malaysia a better home for all.