This week's survey focuses on the Skutt KS609 which is a small, manual test kiln. Photos for today's post are courtesy of Spirited Earth. She is a very versatile and creative ceramic bead artist. These are her kilns. She has found the Skutt KS609 to be a very rugged and reliable kiln. She has been using them for many years.
As you can see they are a small kiln but larger than some we have discussed.
Here you can look inside of the kiln. You can see the ceramic brick interior and the very thick well insulated outer walls.
Nan tells me she did raku firings in one of these for 10 years and it withstood the abuse!! Now that is a myth breaker for me. Since I had always heard that the brick interior kilns could not stand up to the fast temperature changes of the the raku firing.
Here is one of her Skutts load for a firing. You can see that she has more than one shelf in there.
Here is the first level and how the beads look after they are fired. Wonderful shapes and colors. These are beads by Spirit Rattles. You can see more of her wonderful work in her Etsy Shop.
The particulars on this kiln:
Chamber: 11" opening, 9" deep, 0.6 cu. ft. 115V AC, 17 Amps (20 Amp Circuit), 1950 Watts Cone 6, 2250 degrees. Shipping weight 60 lb.
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Nan has posted additional info about this kiln on her blog today. Check it out here. Thank you Nan.