The Dragon is an industrial furnace designed for pottery and ceramic studios. And considering its features, it is surprisingly affordable. Potters who struggle with top-loading kilns will enjoy the Dragon. The door swings open wide on a heavy ¾” steel rod with sealed bearings. Two spring-loaded latches press the door tightly closed.
The Dragon exudes power. Its 16,500 watts heat the 24” wide, 24” deep, 27” high interior to cone 10 with ample power to spare. This results in long element life, because the elements do not “struggle” to reach high temperatures. Dropped, recessed grooves seat industrial-gauge elements for long life.
The elements are “tuned,” which means hotter elements are placed in areas of the firing chamber that need more heat. This results in superior heat distribution.
Do you ever wonder how much electricity your kiln uses? The digital controller will figure this for you; merely program the kiln’s wattage and your cost of electricity into the controller. Learn to conserve energy by experimenting with firing speed, load density, etc.
Extra insulation saves energy and lengthens cooling. The 4” thick walls, top, and door are made of 3” firebrick backed by 1” of ceramic fiber block insulation. The floor is 4 ½” thick firebrick. The inner door is recessed to help seal in the heat. Because these kilns store heat so efficiently, elements last longer.
The extra insulation not only saves energy but also cools the kiln slowly without having to turn the elements back on. This gives the micro-crystalline structure and color of the glaze sufficient time for full development. Cool slowly to achieve dramatic shifts in glaze color such as iron reds and enjoy the richer look of gas firing. Create breathtaking pottery in this exciting kiln.
The Sentry 2.0 digital controller is standard on Paragon front-loading pottery kilns. Results are repeatable from one firing to the next with astounding accuracy. The solid-state controller continually monitors the firing. This is almost like hiring an assistant.
The Type-K thermocouple, hermetically sealed for accuracy, is standard. We also recommend the optional Type-S for stoneware and porcelain.
Long-lasting mercury relays power the elements. A bank of built-in NEC/UL compliant high-amperage fuses protects the kiln and circuit wiring.
The ventilated switch box is generously louvered for air circulation for the long life of the electrical components. Yet dust is kept to a minimum. Hinged at the bottom, the switch box opens wide for easy maintenance. Open the box in seconds by merely removing two screws at the top. A folding support arm holds the box in the open position. There is plenty of working space around electrical components.
The 24” tall stand is also available with casters for easy moving. The stand is priced separately from the Dragon. Please scroll down to Options below for other stands available for the Dragon.
When ordering a Dragon, specify whether the stand is to ship separate from the Dragon or pre-installed and shipped as one unit.
The Dragon will fit through a 34” doorway if the handles and back element cover are temporarily removed.
The Furniture Kit
The furniture kit consists of carefully selected fireclay shelves and posts for this particular model. When estimating the price of the kiln, include the cost of furniture. The furniture allows you to stack multiple layers of ware. Without it, you could fire only the ware that would fit on the kiln bottom.
Dragon Furniture Kit
1 C-30 Shelf
4 - C30H ½ Shelf
1½” wide Square Posts, 8 each of -
4”, 6”, 8” lengths
1 lb. Bag Kiln Wash
Furniture Kit Shipping Weight: 130 lbs.
Beyond the world of pinch and coil constructions and wheel-thrown pots lies a vast array of opportunities for the ceramic artist. In Extruder, Mold & Tile: Forming Techniques potters will discover a wealth of information, techniques and inspiration on topics that span the usual to the unusual as well as the functional to the sculptural.
The advent of the extruder centuries ago has served to benefit the artist in many ways, facilitating work that cannot be done easily, or at all, on the wheel or by hand. Molds have been used since the dawn of ceramics beginning with making pots inside baskets. And with tile making, ceramic artists find the two-dimensional aspect of claywork challenging and create astonishing works with both traditional and nontraditional forming methods.
Makes 6-8 oz. Flute; 5 -5 3/4" Tall; 2 1/4" Wide - Use approx. 3/4 lb of clay for each Victoria Flute
Capacity, dimensions, and weight can be adjusted to fit personal needs.
Also try Victoria as a Bowl or Mug Profile Rib
From a Slab of Clay by Daryl Baird
Working with clay slabs offers more opportunities than any other forming process. From small dishes and plates to architectural installments, slabs can be used to create any form, any size. When Daryl E. Baird took notice of all the work being done with this technique, he decided to explore it in depth then open the doors for others to enjoy. In From a Slab of Clay you’ll learn about what it takes to start out on a journey that’s sure to last a lifetime. From setting up a proper working space to selecting the right tools and equipment—including complete instructions for building your own slab roller—Daryl doesn’t miss any details for you to consider to assure your success.
GlazeEraser® is a unique, slow speed grinding tool designed to work with your potters wheel to quickly remove glaze drips and other unwanted kiln debris from pot bottoms. Ideal for quickly smoothing foot rings and rough glaze edges.
GlazeEraser® is an extremely durable tool that will provide years of
service. Simply place the GlazeEraser® rubber pad and 14” diameter
grinding disc directly onto your wheel head and you’re ready to go!
Designed to be used with or without bat pins, there is no special
safety protection required. You control the speed and pressure.
Experimentation and practice will yield the best results! Ideal for classroom use!
We all remember our first experience with glazing and how our hopes usually exceeded our skills–and knowledge. Glazing plays an important part of ceramic art but can be rather mysterious to both the newcomer and the seasoned professional. While the chemistry may appear to be a bit like alchemy to the uninitiated, an established science and accepted practices provide order and repeatable results.Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques covers many aspects of glazing–from formulating your own special concoctions to working with various combinations and applications.
Makes 6-8 oz. Goblet; 3" Tall; 3" Wide - Use approx. 1/4 - 1/2 lb. of clay for each Lucile Goblet
See Mug Makin' Betsy and Ernie above for stem profile ribs.
Also try Lucile as a bowl profile rib!