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Kilns in the UK

Hello all,

This is my first query to Orchid. I work in the UK and have been
making/ trying to make mokume in a friends kiln. Having established
that this is something I would really like to explore further I have
decided to invest in a kiln. I was wondering if anyone can recommend
a supplier in the UK. I would need some way of regulating the
temperature and my budget is not very large…

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Helen Smith @helen

If I might be so sacrilegious to make a suggestion:

Buy your mokume gane from Reactive Metals. Pattern your own, or but
it already to go! Bill Seeley, the owner, is also an Orchid member,
and a “guru” in his own right.

Of course, its the easy way out… but its the easy way out! :slight_smile:

All the best,


P.S. The only place I know to buy mokume gane sheet!

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)

Hi Helen,

Hoben Davis International, is the company from where you can find a

they manufacture different sizes with temp controller and also with
temp programer . I do not have their address but I know that you will
find the right type of kiln from them, they are famous in jewellery
manufacturing equipment supplier in UK.

Luckily I found an old address of  Hoben International Limited,
Spencroft Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Staffordshire ST5 9JE, England.
Telephone: 01782 622285.
Facsimile: 01782 636982
web site:

Hope this will be useful bit of

With Best regards to all my Orchidian Brothers and sisters. May God
bless us all with Total Health ( Physical- Mental - Social and

Umesh Chauhan
Mumbai - India.


Celtic Kiln Care in Newport South Wales do a good open top kiln with
electronic programmer for about six hundred pounds. Ask about the
hobbytech 45

Tel: 01633 271455 No web site
You can also try Potterycrafts Ltd. in Stoke on Trent
Tel: 01782745000


Bath Potters Supplies
01225 337046

Helen 46or equipment intended for jewellery use try HS Walsh They call them furnaces and the little one I am
looking at is UKP 1082 - ouch. Pottery equipment may be more
affordable but I don’t think it will have the same temperature

Let us know how you get on.

Andy Parker, Agate House Lapidary
Ulverston, Cumbria, England
Tel: 01229 584023