Cone Art Kilns was started in 1982, when Frank Tucker (of Tucker’s Pottery Supplies Inc.) formed a mission of building high-quality electric kilns that were designed to fire efficiently – even up to high temperatures. That mission continues today; after the company was sold to Shimpo America Corporation in 1998, Frank Tucker once again re-acquired the business in 2006 with renewed enthusiasm. New improvements have been made to the existing lines, and new models have been added. In the market for a glass kiln? ConeArt has expanded those options, as well!
Tucker’s Cone Art Kilns have always been known as a very high-quality line of kilns and they are committed to not only upholding that reputation, but to improving it. How, exactly, has ConeArt managed to do this over the years? Their kilns feature some unique design elements that make them stand out of the crowd, as well as practical features that have been incorporated to withstand regular, hearty use. In particular, ConeArt kilns feature a double wall of insulation, as opposed to the standard single wall of insulating brick. This feature along drastically contributes to the heat and electrical efficiency of ConeArt kilns, and makes ConeArt kilns an incredibly wise choice for studios with a high turnover rate – think community art centers, busy college studios, and production set-ups.
ConeArt kilns also feature heavy-duty, rust-resistant lid hinges; built-in gas struts for easy lid lifting; a built-in lid prop; easy-access, color-coded, air-cooled hinged wiring panel. Digital models feature the Bartlett V6-CF Automatic Controller, which is an easy-to-use, yet fully programmable 12-key control panel. Manual models feature the Dawson Kiln Sitter. All kilns come with a stainless steel jacket and a welded stainless steel floor stand. Floor heating elements come standard in ConeArt kilns! Additionally, on all automatic kilns that are larger than 23” x 27”, three thermocouples are featured for maximum even firing. Of course, last but not least, ConeArt kilns once again feature that incomparable double-walled construction.