I am desperate to choose a kiln for what I want to do. I’ve been
startled by the number of kiln dealers (including Paragon direct) I
have spoken do who aren’t sure of the capabilities of their kilns.
Here’s what I want to be able to do. I want to be able to fuse,
anneal and slump glass. I also want to be able to paint glass. For
example, buying a set of drinking glasses and then painting imagery
on them and firing. Or painting a commercial plate and firing.
According to a book I’ve read by Eberle called ‘Creative Glass
Techniques’, I need to be able to turn off the top heating element
of the kiln for some projects and turn off only the side elements
for others. The Paragon 7 & 8 cannot indecently regulate these two
sets of heating elements. The local Paragon glass dealer says she
feels certain you don’t need that kind of heating element control
to paint glass and still recommends the Paragon 7 or 8.
However I know there are much more expensive kilns like the Janice
Series by Paragon or some of the T & F kilns that are built for
ceramics but can be used for glass. With these you can regulate
the top and bottom elements. Some people are recommending this and
say the Paragon 7 or 8 is a mistake for what I want to do. If there
weren’t such a price difference I would just get the ceramic/glass
Creative Glass Techniques (Glass)
By Bettina Eberle
Manufacturer : A & C Black (Publishers) Ltd
Release data : June, 2001
Help! No one is sure!
Thanks in advance,