What customers say about L&L Kilns


"I make a living out of my five L&L kilns. I really beat them up firing them at least three times a week to cone ten. They take a real beating and keep on going."

I have been a practicing potter for over 60 years, starting with my first studies in 1947. I used several small kilns but as my skills progressed became interested in a serious kiln. This was before the Internet, but I researched kilns through Ceramics Monthly and decided to buy an early square L&L kiln. My decision was mainly based on the element holders where the unprotected grooves often broke in my earlier kilns.

Diane chooses to fire in an L&L JD230 for number of reasons. The fully opening lid allows her to load her larger sculptures in without the impediment of a lid prop and the durable ceramic holders have kept the kiln in like-new condition.  She switched to L&L because of the deterioration of the element channels in her last kiln.  She is commonly loading larger tiles and needs the extra durability on the faces of the firebrick.  

My original L&L (J2927) has provided outstanding service and reliability through out the firing of countless pots, tiles, udu drums, sculptures and two New York City MTA Subway Projects.  It is still in service right next to the new one.

Conestoga has always used L&L kilns – going back over 30 years. Why? They hold up to the heavy use of this ambitious program.

At this moment the smallest of my kilns, the JD-18, the one that we put in the quad element sides, is in the middle of firing number 121 on that set of elements. Wow!

These kilns keep looking new for decades because of the element holders. Now with the zone control, they fire absolutely evenly from top to bottom. All of this excellent engineering, along with their reasonable prices, make L&L the best electric kiln on the market.

Richarch Wukich went to Iraq as part of a program to make ceramic water filters. He got L&L to build him a special Dura-Fire kiln to fire these pots.

We fire all our tiles in 3 commercial L&L DaVinci kilns. For the past 7 years each of the kilns have been fired to cone 9 an average of three times a week. The majority of the tiles are crystalline glazes and the firing programs are complicated and can run up to 15 hours with long soak periods at high temperatures.

Roberta Griffith used L&L Kilns for her ceramic classes at Hartwick College for more than 35 years. She is now working in Hawaii.

Sam Machulis thinks big and needs a big DaVinci Bell-Lift kiln to fire his big pots.

The kiln is obviously an integral part of my process, I make the work and my kiln finishes it. My glazes articulate the forms. It is imperative that the kiln in which they are fired is reliable, making it an indispensable tool for me. My time is valuable and, for this reason, the kiln needs to be low maintenance and consistent.

"I have had several kilns (three other popular brands) and L&L. The L&L is my favorite and I find that the construction of the kiln with the ceramic element holders, better withstands the test of time and use."

After 45 years of gas reduction firing, Tom Turner has gone electric with his electrogama.

Creating, loading and unloading a 65 pound pot is not pretty, but my L&L is tough enough to make
it possible. This is my favorite kiln. I know I can count on it every time.

Willi Singleton was trained in Japan. He digs his own clay. He wood fires in his own anagama kiln. He bisques in an L&L.

William Shran is one of the leading voices in the Chrystalline Glaze community.