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Paragon Announces Kiln Video Contest Winners

09-30-2010 09:30 AM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Paragon Industries, L.P.

Top left: Lisa Mall; right: Linda Lee; bottom left: Dolores Barrett

Top left: Lisa Mall; right: Linda Lee; bottom left: Dolores Barrett

Paragon Industries held a contest for the most creative or entertaining videos about Paragon kilns. The contest ended August 31, 2010. The contest winners:

First place ceramic video: Linda Lee won a Paragon Caldera XL glaze testing kiln.

First place warm glass video: Dolores Barrett won a Paragon Fusion-16 glass fusing kiln.

First place jewelry video: Lisa Mall won a Paragon SC-2 jewelry kiln.

In addition, Paragon gave three $250 gift certificates to second place winners and three $100 gift certificates to third place winners.

Linda Lee’s video starts out with a youthful, exuberant Linda unloading a Paragon ceramic kiln in 1974. She tells an interesting anecdote about student ware and shows some of her ceramics. The video ends with Linda of today, 36 years later, unloading another Paragon kiln and enjoying ceramics as much as ever.

Dolores Barrett’s video tells the story of her early china painting career. Her first kiln was a Paragon X-14J, which she uses to fire her warm glass. The video shows how Dolores fires glass in her the switch-operated kiln. Dolores still owns her faithful Paragon X-14J.

Lisa Mall’s video demonstrates the basic steps to casting jewelry with the lost wax method. She shapes the form out of wax, adds sprues, mixes and pours the investment to form a mold, fires the mold in a Paragon FireFly kiln, and casts the jewelry.

When Linda Lee heard that she won the contest, she said, “I had a lot of fun making the video, and I do love my Paragon kiln. I look forward to using the Caldera XL!”

Dolores Barrett said, “Woo-hoo! Now I'll finally get to fire with a real controller! Thank you, THANK YOU. I am beyond elated.”

Lisa Mall said, “Thanks so much! I'm excited!”

To see the videos, go to Paragon’s website and click on “Kiln Audio & Video” which is on the left side of the home page. Or go to and enter Paragon kiln video contest in the Youtube search line.

Paragon Industries, L.P. manufactures kilns and furnaces for ceramics, pottery, glass fusing, dental laboratories, heat-treating, and knife making. Paragon kilns are made in America. Paragon was founded in 1948.

Arnold Howard
Paragon Industries, L.P. – Better Designed Kilns
2011 South Town East Blvd.
Mesquite, Texas 75149-1122

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