Giant Joss Sticks Maker Albert Tay from Tay Guan Heng

About the programme

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own wood and clay figurines, this is the workshop for it. Let joss stick maker and craftsman Albert Tay take you through the steps of carving your own religious sculpture.

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Details

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)

Where

Entrance of Tay Guan Heng (4001 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1 #01-25 Singapore 569622)

Instructions

Dress comfortably. Masks are mandatory. Bring along hand sanitisers.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet Giant Joss Stick Maker, Albert Tay!

Hello everyone, I am Albert, the third-generation owner of Tay Guan Heng. Since I was young, I have been helping out in the store with my siblings, assisting our father to craft clay figurines to be attached to the giant joss sticks. There was no formal training or apprenticeship – carving and painting the joss sticks was something my siblings and I picked up naturally over time.

Even today, whenever we have a busy period, my brothers will come back to help. After work, we will have dinner together in the shop and chat until nightfall. This shop is my family’s glue and honestly, they are the reason why I keep pressing on. I hope that participants will take away more than just joss-stick making in this session. For me, joss-sticks were simply a ‘medium’ and this business is really about family.

More about Tay Guan Heng

Founded in the 1930s, Tay Guan Heng is a family-run business which started making mosquito coils from wood clay, a technique the family learnt from their Teochew hometown in the Chaoyang district of Guangdong, China. Before moving to its current location in Ang Mo Kio in 1986, the shophouse was at Farrer Park.

Today, helmed by Mr Albert Tay, the shop specialises in making giant joss sticks for Taoist temples, deity birthdays and other religious events. In recent decades, the shop has ventured into the production of customisable wood and clay figurines as well as gingerbread houses for secular clients.