For pottery professionals or enthusiasts, the kiln is one of the most essential pieces of equipment. The average kiln can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the best ceramic coating kits those high temperatures won't affect the kiln nor what you have inside of it. As it turns out, you can put many different things inside of a kiln. Here are the first three of seven ways you can use your kiln outside of pottery.
The idea of using a kiln for baking sounds a bit extreme when you could use a simple oven, but the high temperatures can make some seriously good food, such as bread. If you do want to use a kiln for baking, you may want to make sure that it is dedicated to baking. Alternating a kiln's use between pottery and baking could bring up some questionable food safety practices. You will also want to take the depth of your kiln into consideration and think about how you will get the food in and out of the kiln. If it has shelves, this task should not be a problem, but otherwise, you may want a pan or tray with handles that can be grabbed with tongs.
As another artistic endeavor that requires very high temperatures, glass blowing is a perfect alternative use for your kiln. It could also become a fun new hobby. The art of glass blowing requires extremely high temperatures and a practice motion of moving the forming glass. With glass blowing, you can make small pieces for jewelry or larger decorative pieces. No matter what you're creating with the technique, simply ensure that you contact the best ceramic coating suppliers to get a trusty coating for your kiln.
With techniques similar to glass blowing, lamp working can also be done in a kiln. The delicate materials used to make lamps can be worked inside of a high temperature kiln and become artistic pieces of decor for any living space. Ensure that your kiln is well taken care of, and you'll be able to expand your kiln work from just pottery to lamp making as well.
Find out four more ways you can use a kiln in part two of this series.