Not many people know that it was at the inaugural Awaken the Dragon festival I had organized, where Seok and I were first acquainted. She had signed up as a volunteer for our non-profit festival to save the last remaining dragon kilns, and it was during those hours spent filling up the dragon's belly that we discussed our hope for Singapore's ceramics scene and future, while dreaming up a studio with goals and values we believed in.
This was in 2012, and the campaign to save the dragon kilns soon caught momentum, galvanizing the population, making us all aware of this history we have in ceramics but were close to losing. Miraculously, by our second installation of Awaken the Dragon, the collective movement involving over ten thousand people, finally persuaded the authorities to preserve the two dragons for at least another 9 years.
Well, it has been 9 years since, and we thought we share a little video for all those who did not know about the campaign we did with Post-Museum that saved Singapore's last dragon kilns, and started the story of Mud Rock.
**You will notice that the video ends with the news of a 3 year extension, but it is actually a 3 x 3years. While we have reached the 9th year mark, we hope that the global attention garnered via Awaken the dragon, increases the likelihood of this heritage site getting preserved rather than getting demolished.**