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I love my little Paragon Caldera kiln.

Dawn Vertrees says, "I fire porcelain at Cone 6, and every time my pieces come out beautifully."

Q. What are the most interesting things you've learned about firing porcelain in the Caldera?

A. It has to be accurate! I fire porcelain at Cone 6, and every time my pieces come out beautifully, all in a kiln that fits into my condo studio. I'm amazed that the Caldera works on 120 volts.

Q. What do you like most about the Caldera?

A. When I lived in North Carolina, my kilns were large, and I worked mostly with ceramics. It wasn't until I moved into a condo in Florida and I discovered Art Clay Silver that I had to make a major decision about my kiln. I could go only with 120 volts, the kiln had to be small for the condo, it had to fire Art Clay Silver accurately, it had to fire cone 06-6 glazes and porcelain and still be large enough for a small vase. Need I say more...?

Q. [Dawn's father, the late Hugh Whisnant, was an accomplished artist.] What was it like growing up as the daughter of an artist?

A. There was a lot of pressure to measure up. But I'm glad he instilled in me an eye for detail and a love of perfection. I still have the feeling he's critiquing my work.

Q. Where was your father's art displayed?

A. The most prominent location was the Baltimore Zoo. There were also numerous showings in local museums along the Carolina's coast. He focused on wildlife, such as his paintings of the tigers of the Baltimore Zoo. He also painted a series of east coast lighthouses in pen and ink. After his death my mother collected all his original paintings and displayed them in the family home.

Q. What were the easiest things to learn about using the Caldera?

A. My Caldera went from the shipping box to a working kiln in one afternoon. It's barely cooled off since . . . .

Q. What does it feel like to open the kiln after a firing?

A. Woohooo! There's always a celebration!

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