Southern hospitality. . .one pottery mug at a time!
Per the website: Located in the U.S.A., we have handcrafted tools for the Ceramic Arts for over 50 years. Here at Kemper, we have employees that have been here for over 30 years. Today that says something. Each employee takes great pride in the quality of their work. Rewarded for quality, safety, and even birthdays Kemper has proven to be a successful family environment in which everyone thrives. Kemper truly is “The American Dream”.It all started in 1947, a friend asked Jack Kemper to make a tool for his class. Jack made his first ceramic tool in his garage in California. As you can guess, soon everyone wanted one of these tools. The first tool was functional and well constructed. However, Jack was just not satisfied and took his simple design and improved it with the intent of making it comfortable in the hand of the artist as well as a nice looking tool.
According to Dirty Girls’ website: These ain't your granny's pottery tools or a bunch of mass-produced junk that falls apart after five uses. We take our tools seriously by using quality components meant to last in your studio environment. Designed by a woman who loves clay, smart tools, ergonomics, and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, we know you'll love them too.
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WELCOME TO XIEM TOOLS USA!
At Xiem we are committed to developing the highest quality tools, competitively priced, and with the best service possible. Every Xiem Studio tool offers a simple solution and creative purpose – we are focused on good design, made with intention and quality execution without compromise. Xiem Tools are the new essentials and the premier choice for clay artists.
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About Skutt Ceramic Products
In 1953 father/son team, Ralph and Neil Skutt, manufactured the industry’s first multi-sided hobby kiln in Olympia, Washington under the name “Skutt & Sons”.
The introduction of this new lightweight design revolutionized, not just the ceramic kiln business but the whole ceramic industry by bringing ceramics to the home.
A lot has changed over the last 60 + years. Kiln companies have come and gone, new clay bodies and glazes are constantly being developed that demand greater firing precision, and automatic controllers are quickly replacing the once cutting edge KilnSitter.
Throughout the years we at Skutt have worked hard to meet the changing needs of our customers, but one thing that has remained constant is our fierce dedication to manufacturing quality products and providing outstanding customer service.
We realize that every object placed in a Skutt kiln has value. It could be a child’s horse that looks more like a dog or a master potters $20,000 commissioned sculpture. Both of these artists are counting on our kiln to do it’s job ..and we don’t want to let them down.
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L&L offers high-quality, long-lasting pottery kilns for professional ceramic artists as well as school kilns, commercial kilns and industrial kilns. Our kilns provide the best long-term value for your investment. We offer kilns in a variety of sizes and form factors in addition to many specialty kilns--pull-apart kilns (for large sculpture work), glass kilns (see detailed notes on slumping and fusing glass), test kilns, crystalline glaze, as well as several entire lines devoted to hobbyists.
Many of our kiln models support touch screens and three zone control. If you work with ceramics, we have a kiln for you! And if you don't have something specific in mind, check out our Easy Fire kilns- our most popular series.
It's also worth noting that we have AMAZING support. As a first stop, we have a detailed knowledge filled with videos, guides, FAQs, and articles all about pottery, ceramics, and of course kilns. Our information is top notch--for example, see our kiln installation checklist or our guide on calibrating your ceramic kiln.
Customers have questions, we have answers. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! We are happy to do the research for you!