Bringing Home Your New Kiln | Methods & Ideas

Bringing Home Your New Kiln

Many artists assume they need to rent a dedicated space to work on kiln-glass projects. But you can accomplish a lot in a home studio with just a kiln, a table or bench, and some basic tools. In this lesson, we set up a home studio around a Paragon BenchTop-16, a compact top-loading kiln used in many home studios. We cover basics like tools, furniture, and other equipment; where to place your kiln; and how to prepare for your first firing.

More Information

Bringing Home Your New Kiln - Additional Information PDF
Includes a list of products used in this lesson.

Helpful Resources
Kilnforming Notes PDF
Glass Cleaning Basics PDF
Safety in the Kiln-Glass Studio PDF
Using Bullseye Shelf Primer PDF
What to Expect from Bullseye Glass

Featured Products
BenchTop-16 Kiln Kit (8877)
Paragon Benchtop-16 Kiln
Kiln Shelf 14" x 14"
1" Triangular Kiln Posts (3)
Bullseye Shelf Primer
Spartan Glass Cleaner
GlasTac 4 oz.
Toyo Self-Oiling Cutter
Bohle Cutting Fluid 1.7 oz.
Running Pliers
Breaking/Grozing Pliers
Hake Brush
Uvex Safety Glasses
Sickle Stone
Bullseye 11" Straightedge
Bullseye TechBook
10.5" Square Slumper Mold
• Glass for two complete Make It projects

Other Equipment/Supplies
Ikea Tornliden Table Top
Ikea Olov Adjustable Legs
Ikea Hemnes Side Table
Self-Healing Cutting Mat
Ceramic Tiles
Masonite (optional)
Window Fan (optional)
Storage Bins

Special thanks to Cherie Knopf and Kelly Crosser Alge for snapshots of their home studios.