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Marcia Selsor

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About Marcia Selsor

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    Professor Emerita, MSU-Billings, Advanced Member

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    Red Lodge, Montana
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    birdwatching, critter watching, fishing, cooking, travel, writing, civic engagement .
    Upcoming Events 2018

    Diagonal 11 Woodfiring Symposium at La Meridiana, June 17-June 30, Exhibition in Faenza June 30-July3,

    3rd Annual Ceramics Invitational, Radius Gallery, Missoula,  Montana May 10-June 18

    Alternative Firing Class , San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  Oct 8-12

    my website includes many "how-to" pages for making quick terra terra sig, to building raku kilns. http://www.marciaselsorstudio.com

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    Black and white ink spot/oil spot copycat?

    you should get on the chat group of Exploring Midrange glazes with John Britt. They just did these types of glazes. Marcia
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    Pricing for An Old Bailey Wheel

    I have one about 19 years old. It may be the model before the ProX. I replaces the potentiometer and the drive belts. Very easy to do. Great wheel. Test drive it first ,then talk price.
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    Beach sand instead of grog?

    I used it in a clay body out of desperation in 1991 when I was one of the last artists to arrive at our studio in Latvia. A previous group had worked before the second half arrives. I was given one large lump of Chammotte ( high fire very refractory with gravel like grog, and a lump of red earthenware. I had to make pieces for our exhibition at the end of our visit, I walked down to the Baltic sea and returned with a bag of sand. Mixed it all together. Test fired it and it worked. Made several pieces for the exhibition. Marcia
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    Older Bailey Slab Roller value?

    I have one of these I got in 2002. It works great. one direction feed but I never minded that. I rotate the slab feed each time I roll it through.I paid $1100 in 2002. Some grit is worn on the rollers but other than that it is fine. Moved it to Texas and back to Montana. I use slab matts with it.
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    What are the pitfalls?

    I recommend throwing drier and don't let water sit in the bottom of the pot as you are throwing. Check the depth with a needle tool. i taught throwing for 27 years. Newbies throw too wet. If you throw drier, you can throw larger pieces with stronger walls . Wet walls clapse. When you open check the depth. Keep the water off the bottom and keep checking until you cut it off.
  6. you don't need a masonry bit for insulation bricks. The kiln cement or kiln patch is a better idea. Marcia
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    need a good kiln wash recipe for cone 6

    I use 50 silica, 50 kaolin I add 5% Alumina for good measure. What temperature and what atmosphere. I pit alumina Hydrate in my liquid wax for ^6 porcelain to avoid plucking. Marcia
  8. its been a while, but how does one change the avatar?

    I noticed many people not using images. I have been searching for info on how to change avatar. Use to be easy..just "make this my avatar".

    So anyone know-how the new system allows changing the avatar?

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      Marcia Selsor

      found it. changed it.


    2. glazenerd


      It has been a pleasure watching you develop this new firing technique. Hopefully you will submit an article on the technical requirements required to produce this very unique glaze effect. I will catch up with you at NCECA soon.

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      Marcia Selsor

      it's not a glaze but salts and water on an absorbent surface of terra sig. great fun.


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  10. I stand and stare in that exact pose. When i need a kick in the butt, I read, start a home improvement project like shelves in the laundry room to raised garden beds, or clean and rearrange the studio. Take hikes, research natural objects, etc. I often get the AHA moments in my dreams. I just finished some surprise deadlines AFTER I delivered work to a gallery for an Invitational on May 11. I was a featured artist at 2 more galleries this past weekend. Now I am just relaxing a little bit. Fired new work this weekend using a hybrid technique of aluminum foil saggar chemicals in ceramic saggars. Discovered this technique may 5 so the first gallery didn't get any for their show. The second gallery is taking all the larger pots to the potential buyers house to see how they look on the built in shelves. This client purchased 4 $5000 paintings at the opening. Must be a HUGE house. These were large paintings. I find pressure to produce to be a stimulus to get the creative juices flowing. I am heading off to a wood firing at the end of next week. Plus an exhibition of our work afterwards. Marcia
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    Gas Kiln Continued

    If you ask 5 potters a question, you'll get 20 answers.<- old saying. I missed this conversation as I have been busy. I built a minnesota flat top many years ago. I had been a sprung arch believer before that and had built catenaries too. The Minnesota flat top started slipping bricks in the top. Before getting worse, I rebuilt it with a sprung arch. It was a large kiln 60 cu ft. so maybe the flat top wasn't a great application there. And yes, Lou was a great guy. I have his book , the Art of Play as well as his firing book which I got after 30 years of experience firing. For your stack with venturis, the height depends on your altitude. They are natural draft as compared to forced air which then it doesn't matter on the height. the blowers do the work. I don't know where you are building this. Mark and Neil are good resources as is Magnolia Mud. We all have our favorite way of getting things done. and they all work. My favorite floor plan for a down draft is burners enter from the back each side of the stack. I love bag walls and put target bricks at the end of the trench, use the bag wall to support the shelves and use the third post in the center front and back in front of the flu but not restricting any flow. That has been my favorite for 45+ years. I built several this way where I taught at a university for 25 years. I built cross draft catenaries for oil burners made from house hold burners remade for 3 nozzles for adjustable BTU output. Mark Wards Burners are great and he'll make them for your required needs. Good luck with the kiln. Firing your own kiln is a thrill. Then it is confidence. Then it is gratification. Enjoy. Marcia
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    cone 6 red glazes

    great experiment! Congrats. I think porcelain is a better background for the red glaze. An iron bearing stoneware will make it more liver color red. Just saying from experience. Marcia
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    Narrowing it down_things to make

    if you go to the thread by Pres, "What is your favorite form to make" there are many ideas of why people make what they do. Marcia
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    saggar, horse hair, feathers, foil saggars, Obvara

    experiments in alternative firing techniques, foil saggar firing, Obvara firing, ceramic saggar firing
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    Building a kiln

    the height of your stack depends on a few things: altitude, the higher the altitude , the higher you stack needs to be forced air or venturi system. If using natural draft, you need to have the chimney (stack) high enough to draw the flame. Forced air (blowers) provides the draw. Marcia

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