Kiln Tips From Paragon Kilns

>From Paragon Kiln’s Arnold Howard-

Repair bulging elements. Please see Paragon’s video before attempting the repair.


The lower the kiln temperature, the longer the heating elements will last.

Long holds at high temperatures add wear to the elements. Use only as much hold time as you actually need.

Contact with foreign materials such as ceramic glaze, glass, kiln wash, and glass separator can ruin an element. Do not coat the kiln walls, lid, or roof with kiln wash; it can flake off into an element groove and burn out an element.

Occasionally vacuum the element grooves. A build-up of dust can overheat an element and reduce its efficiency.

Repair bulging sidewall elements. Elements that bulge out of a sidewall groove are susceptible to breakage since elements are brittle after they have been fired.

Avoid reduction firings (burning carbonaceous materials) in an electric kiln.

When replacing elements, always use new element connectors, and tighten them to your kiln manufacturer’s specifications. Loose element connectors burn out.

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Busy Day at the Glass School


John Hohenshelt talks kiln talk to Erwin Timmers.

Phew! What A Busy Day!

Turkish glass and mosaic artist Oguzhan Tugrul visited the glass school. “Oz” was visiting the US – he had also come to Istanbul‘s Glass Furnace when Tim Tate and Michael Janis were teaching there in the summer of 2007.

Oğuzhan Tuğrul started glass studies in antique window restoration in Canada in the 70’s. He taught western stained glass techniques in Turkey in the 80’s. This was followed by his research of 16th century Ottoman decorated tucco window making techniques. The new and advanced technique of glass fusion calligraphy was the result of his publication of traditional Turkish Islamic calligraphy with acid etching techniques on flash-glass. Moving on to further uncharted territory, Tuğrul designed 3D windows for futuristic architecture projects.

Oğuzhan Tuğrul shows a book of his work to Kirk Waldroff and Tim Tate.

Also today, John Hohenshelt of Paragon Kilns stopped in to talk about kilns and maintenance. The conversation was all about art, glass, and equipment.

John Hohenshelt, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis.

Kiln Klassics

>The Washington Glass School’s kilns are all from the same manufacturer – Paragon Kilns. The president of Paragon, John Hohenshelt, will be at the Washington Glass School next Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 2-4pm and will be available for you to ask questions (in person only) about kilns; how to choose the best kiln for your use; how to repair insulated firebrick; relay questions; what new kilns are coming out; what is Mesquite, Texas really like.

John Hohenshelt and the Paragon Iguana Kiln

Paragon is having a video competition where the prize is one of their kilns – for more info – click

The contest ends midnight, August 31, 2010, central time.