Enamel or enamel glaze is glass in a liquid form which can be applied to clay (such as pottery) or metals (such as auto-bodies) and baked to form a hard shell. Because it is a form of glass, extremely high temperatures are required to melt the glaze and permanently affix it to the object being glazed. For pottery, this requires a kiln, of which there are several types. Many have maximum firing temperatures approximately 1260 degrees Celsius, according to MileHiCeramics.com.
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The Paragon company, located in Mesquite, Texas, got its start in 1948 literally in the garage of its founders. Since then, the company has grown and now offers a large variety of all types of kilns, not just those used for enamelling. According to the company website ParagonWeb.com, “Paragon offers a huge selection of enamelling kilns, including manual and digital models. With the optional high temperature glass window, even beginning enamelists can achieve beautiful results." The maximum temperatures of these kilns range from 927 degrees Celsius to 1260 degrees Celsius, depending on the model.
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For potters with limited space, the Amaco Company offers several tabletop and portable models that are easy on the square footage. While these kilns are easier to store and keep, they limit a potter’s ability to create larger projects. According to Amaco.com, a potter may “choose from four tabletop metal enamelling kilns that are perfect for glaze testing and firing small pottery pieces.” These kilns may also be appropriate for those whose work primarily involves small pieces of clay to be fired, such as clay bead makers or tile designers.
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Indianapolis, IN 46254
The Fine Art enamelling kiln is offered at sites such as MileHiCeramics.com. According to the site, “Pieces as large as 5 inches in diameter can be fired in this efficient, low-cost metal enamelling kiln. Temperature is reached in approximately 15 minutes and maintained automatically without switches. This unique kiln has a front peephole and is round with a two-piece glazed ceramic body.” An additional feature that makes this kiln unique is the small door on the front of the kiln that allows small objects to be placed inside without disturbing the main lid.
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77 Lipan St.
Denver, CO 80223
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