Betty Scott has used her all over the world.
By Betty Jean Scott (Las Vegas, Nevada)
My Paragon QuikFire 6 has traveled around the world. I purchased it from Judy Conway of Vitrum Studio. Several months later, we received our overseas travel orders assigning us to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia.
Through Judy, we bought a 220-volt muffle for my kiln, which was extremely easy to change. (The Paragon instructions were very thorough.) This allowed me to continue my glasswork while overseas. After two years in Moscow, we were assigned to three years at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
I create lamp work beads over flame and use my Paragon kiln for annealing the glass. But mostly I create fused glass cabochons for my jewelry. I will often spend over an hour filling the 6” x 6” shelf with several completely different intricate designs before placing the hood on top and firing the glass.
Because of the design of the kiln, it is very easy to raise the hood and use my tools to modify the shapes of the glass while it is hot. Firings take less than an hour, including the stepped flashing, and within three hours the glass is out of the kiln, and I am ready to create again.
During our time overseas, I made many friends. There is something about ladies and crafts that provide a common bond. I used my kiln to introduce my friends to glass, and worked with each of them to bring their creations to reality. One of my honors was to be invited to bring my jewelry to the Australian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur for a show and sell.
Many friends and their families, all over the world today, are wearing glass made in my Paragon Kiln.
Upon our return to a stateside assignment, we easily changed the kiln back to the original U.S. 120-volt muffle, and my kiln continues to help me create beautiful works of glass art. I am very happy with my Paragon Kiln, and I know it will continue to bring my creative ideas to life for many years to come.
Betty Scott with her Paragon QuikFire 6 high speed kiln.