I have 5 (or 7...I forget) different kilns, and will be happy to
test what you need. One of them will let me regulate the elements on
the top, the door, and the sides. Most glass kilns will do all of what
you mentioned, in fact I do that every day. I'm firing for Christmas
I have never 'painted' glass, but it sounds like fun. I think you
could probably 'paint' glass with a glass kiln, if you raised the
temperature slowly, say 100 degreees an hour or slower.
The elements on a glass kiln are on the top so the glass heats
evenly. If the glass is heated from the sides, like a pottery kiln,
the diameter gets hotter than the center, it expands at a more rapid
rate, and the glass cracks.
If you want to anneal glass, you will need a digital control box
that will give you a number of ramps. The thicker the glass, the
more ramps you need.
Thanks for the info on the book, I'm gonna go out and buy it today.
Got to learn how to paint glass. Gonna put a duck on the bottom of
my milk glass like I had when I was 4...hahahaha.
Give me a call (seems like we just spoke..) and tell me what you
Love and God Bless