Paragon Industries, located in Mesquite, Texas manufactures quality kilns and industrial furnaces. We build specialty kilns for ceramics, copper enameling, glass fusing, slumping, pottery, heat treating, silver clay, PMC, Art Clay Silver, raku jewelry, and much more. Our kilns come in a variety of chamber shapes and sizes. Select between top or front loading.
We build industrial furnaces for heat treating, dental, and knife making. We can even manufacture custom kilns and furnaces to your exact specifications. Over the years we have designed thousands of custom furnaces. So, chances are good that the design you need is already in our files. If you need an industrial furnace, get an estimate from us. Find out if you have been spending too much elsewhere.
A finished piece created by a Paragon customer using one of our kilns or furnaces.
Tour the Paragon Factory with Alec Steele
Recently Alec Steele produced this video of the Paragon factory. Join him as he takes you through the laser cutter section, the firebrick department, the assembly lines, and the kiln inspection area. Click below to see still photos of the factory tour. Find out how the video was produced.
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A Kiln Story: Ode to Chuck
By Sarrah Hurst Groves
My first pottery kiln was a Paragon that I named Chuck. I remember the first day he came home with me--oh, the joy! I had been throwing pots at home and hauling them twenty miles across Tulsa to a public art studio to fire. You can imagine how thrilled I was to have my very own kiln. Even though he had a few years on him, to me he was perfect and new!
Chuck is now 39. We’ve had some serious talks in all our time together. I’ve patted him on the lid like a faithful workhorse, brought him back from the brink of death like a skilled surgeon, fought with him like a frustrated boss, and communed with him like a best friend.
I trust Chuck. He is a safe place to put my precious creations. He was with me when I raised my children; he was there when they left for college. He has
Eric Markow and Thom Norris are noted for creating woven glass kimonos, which have been called “impossibly beautiful.” The kimonos weigh an average of 125 pounds. Eric and Thom fire their glass in nine Paragon kilns. “Now that we’ve done all our testing, and have actually cooked sculpture in the Pearl-56, it is our favorite kiln and we love the even, consistent heat,” they said.
Q. When were you introduced to glass fusing?
A. Thom: In 2002, our good friend Nancy Weisser (also our glass distributor) invited us to attend a class involving glass powders in a kiln. We were completely absorbed by the glass making process and intended to purchase a kiln to make our own colorful custom glass for our windows. Once we started playing with the warm/hot glass, we never made another stained-glass window. We now have nine Paragon kilns.
Q. Who are the most interesting glass teachers you have studied under?