One of the most common questions for people just starting with PMC or Art Clay Silver is, How do I fire this stuff? The choices are:
- Ultra Light Beehive Kiln
- Hot Pot
- Speedfire Cone
- Stove Top Firing
- Torch Firing
All of them have their pluses and minuses, I won’t go into all of that here. A kiln is obviously best, but also the most expensive.
What’s the best compromise choice? To me, the best choice must:
- be able to be used indoors, by folks who may live in a big city high rise, and those who do not have a garage
- not have open flames or black smoke
- be able to fire all of the different types of clay
The only method (besides a kiln) that meets all of those requirements is the UltraLight Beehive Kiln by JEC Products. It’s relatively affordable ($150.00 with required ceramic inserts) and available from JEC and Rio Grande.
It heats up to about 1500 degrees. It uses 110 electricity and can be used on your kitchen counter. I’d put it on a ceramic tile or kiln shelf.
I own one of these and take it along to all of the classes that I teach for students to try if they want. The manufacturer also makes a nifty carrying case now, if you have a need for that.
I get no kick backs for recommending this product, it’s just a great little kiln. You can also use it for glass fusing, enameling and granulation.
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