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Paragon Kiln Survives Fall from Ford Explorer

A policeman guided traffic around the Paragon F-130.


Glass artist Jacob Moskowitz of New Jersey recently moved his Paragon F-130 kiln a short distance to his new studio. The door of the kiln was tapping against the rear window of his Ford Explorer, so he stopped, opened the hatch, and continued driving.

After starting from a traffic light, Jacob looked in his rear-view mirror. The kiln was missing! It had tumbled out and landed upside down. The spring-loaded vertical drop door gaped open. Several bits of firebrick were scattered across the pavement. Just then a police car came in the opposite direction. Jacob waved the policeman down and yelled, "Hey! That’s my kiln! It just fell out of my truck!" The policeman made a quick U-turn and parked behind the kiln, lights flashing, to direct traffic around it.

After he loaded the kiln into his Explorer and thanked the policeman, Jacob paused and said, “Wait a second. I’d like to show you a glass sculpture.” It lay on the front seat of the Explorer. The policeman complimented Jacob on the artwork, and Jacob added, as he handed the policeman a business card, “If you ever need a gift, give me a call.”

“Besides the broken brick and a dent on the element cover in the back, the kiln is 100% fine,” Jacob said. “I turned it on and it works! This thing is built like a tank! I’ve had it since 2007. I’ve never had one problem with it—ever. For making goblets and bigger things, it’s ideal. I want to thank these guys for making such a well-built kiln. I would definitely recommend Paragon to anybody. I would buy another one any day of the week.”

Jacob graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and works full-time with glass. His grandmother, Barbara, influenced Jacob to become an artist. She used to make ceramics. “She is 72 but acts like she’s 25,” Jacob said with admiration.

Jacob also owns a Paragon TnF-82 ceramic kiln. “It looks like it has never been used. It’s built like an army tank, too,” he said.

Jacob Moskowitz in his studio.

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