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Image ID: 301
Title:Kiln used for firing paint onto glass
Source:Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn, PA
Date:Unknown
Medium:35mm slide
Description: The details on a stained glass window (such as faces) were painted directly onto the glass and then fired in a special kiln. The painted glass was put into a kiln and fired at high temperatures until the paint bonded chemically with the glass: “The old factory building was still standing and from time to time I fired some glass for the windows for Mr. Hyatt in the old Denver kiln [Denver Fire Clay Company “Keramic Pottery Kiln no. 103”]” (Gunther, Ariel C. Opportunity, Challenge and Privilege. Bryn Athyn,1973, p. 124). The cast iron door to this kiln was discovered in Bryn Athyn in February 2006. Another kiln for firing painted glass was located in the glass studio located in Cairnwood’s garden house.