Zhunan Snake Kiln and Museum of Traditional Kilns, Miaoli County
The Zhunan Snake Kiln is the best-preserved traditional kiln still in use in Taiwan. In 2001, the kiln was declared a historic building.
Kiln founder Lin Tian-fu and second-generation owners Lin Jui-hwa and Teng Shu-hui have very distinct pottery styles. The works of the current owners are fired in wood-fired kilns at high temperatures (1380–1450°C). Modern wood kilns continue to integrate three of the classical elements－earth, ash, and fire—and have ushered in a new era of ceramic aesthetics in Taiwan by straddling traditional and modern ceramic art.
In addition to creation and innovation of ceramic works, the Zhunan Snake Kiln also strives to pass on traditional ceramic techniques, and to research and promote Taiwanese ceramic culture. This is a living museum, a convergence of the past, present, and future of the traditional kiln.
The Zhunan Snake Kiln and Museum of Traditional Kilns feature a permanent exhibition of the work of founder Lin Tian-fu and regular exhibitions of the work of the current owner Lin Jui-hwa. Art events also take place here on an ad hoc basis.
Museum displays include reconstructed traditional kilns, modern wood-fired kilns, Miaoli ceramic culture, wine jars. Also displayed is a collection of ceramic owls, the museum’s mascots.
How to Get There
Train to Zhunan, Tanwen, or Zaoqiao Station → 15min walk from Tanwen and Zaoqiao Station; from Zhunan Station, take a bus and get off at KP Tiles stop.
(Southbound) National Highway No. 1 → Exit at Toufen Interchange (or take National Highway No. 3 → Exit at Zhunan 119 Interchange) → Provincial Highway No. 1) → Exit at 99.5km marker
(Northbound) National Highway No. 1 → Exit at Miaoli Interchange (or take National Highway No. 3 → Exit at Dashan Interchange) → Provincial Highway No. 1 → Exit at 99.5km marker