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Marcia Selsor

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About Marcia Selsor

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    Professor Emerita, MSU-Billings

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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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  1. Paper clay recipes

    I have made it for since '93. I use paper linter for the source. I started making it at Banff while on a residency there and right after Rosette Gault had been there. She has written 2 books on it. Also Peggy Lighthouse from Scotland has written a book on it. I make 200 pound batches in my Soldner mixer. I tear the 20 xx 30 sheets of linter into strips after wetting it. Then soak it to ready it for my pulverizer. After beating it into oatmeal consistency, I strain it through a screen and squeeze it into apple size balls. I store some . after drying and put the other into the mixer with water...in my mixer that is about 2" deep. I use 15% by volume to the clay. The volume is an eyeball estimate with the dry mix sitting in a garbage can.. I have used ^1 terra cotta for making paper clay. For the ^6 porcelain, I used my scrap porcelain soaked into a slip and then added it to the wet pulp and dried it on plaster slabs into sheets. I few drops of hydrogen peroxide avoids the stink of rotting paper pulp for a while. Bleach also works. click on the links to see the photos and explanations. Vince asked for these photos for the second edition of his book. I don't know if he ever used them. here is my equipment: here are some installations made with ^6 porcelain and ^1 terra cotta
  2. I dropped out of grad school for a year and worked in Cambridge, Mass at Master Charge researching errors in Billing and developed a check list for 18 locations where these mistakes could occur while also helping Mud Flats design a kiln for a building with multiple fire codes. Then went to upstate New York to work as a caretaker for a religious estate and built a pottery studio in a building with 2 dutch doors, and kiln for the estate.. then I returned to grad. school , finished, spent a year applying for jobs and working in my own studio with my potter husband until we both landed jobs. After retiring from teaching, I was an interim director of an Art Museum in Texas, taught many workshops in US and Europe, and taught at two more Universities before completely working in the studio. Marcia
  3. Your work is in one of my raku books (S.Branfman). Horses and a great white heron - so beautiful!

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      Marcia Selsor

      yes. I am. Thanks!

      My raku pieces are also in Raku; a practical Approach by Steven as well plus lark's book on Raku and Advanced Raku by Bill Jones and Alternative Kiln by Watkins and Wandless.



  4. Throwing Studio on 2nd Floor house?

    I'd put in a type of pulley system or winch to kick the clay upstairs. Carrying it will take out your knees eventually. I agee with Mark. Take the garage. I put mine in a large garage. Kilns are in an unheated shed. Marcia
  5.  of snow over night and really coming down ...stll. Dog won't go out even on a shoveled path. Glad my studio is attached to house.

  6. Artspeak

    Both of these have been accepted into the Conebox show at NCECA in Pittsburgh. At Allegheney Community College within waling distance from the conference center. Opening in Thursday.
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    The raku kiln fro Brackers is much like this design. David Sturm, the designer, has the flu over the burner port rather than in the lid. I fired some of these during my workshop at Brackers and also during the taping of my dvd at Acers. It is a good design and you can use the flu to watch the glazes. Marcia
  8. RE the Bray pieces scattered throughout the property. They are not all failures. Many were selected and assigned locations by committee. Many were made for specific locations. Most potters I know or knew earlier in my career lived and breathed clay or fire. It takes commitment to go beyond all the failures , but gain knowledge. And that carries you on to the next experiment. Being a potter is a never ending challenge. Some things get easier with time, but still there are many variables to try and expand. Marcia

    San Miguel workshops begin at the end of March https://www.sanmigueldeallendeceramicworkshops.com/2018-workshops
  10. what do you mean living abroad "part time" for 2 years. What do you mean by part time? I found your talk listed in the program. I look forward to hearing it and meeting you face to face. I remember your piece in NCECA with all the leaves. Very nice piece. Marcia
  11. Share what you gained from the experience. I have lectured to large groups at NCECA. Practice your presentation. Visit the tech room to make sure everything is working. Then share with us how your awareness was expanded personally and in clay. NCECA has lots of interested minds , so they want to hear what you have to say. I'll be there. What is the title of the entire panel? Will you be using "Spring" as your name? you could include daily routines like grocery shopping, neighbors, the details of routine living; what you were doing in clay, potters, firing processes, how you adjusted to new circumstances, how your daughter adjusted to new circumstances, how you were treated by others. Marcia
  12. Home made wheel that actually works.

    Nice job! I'd get a larger pulley because that goes way too fast for me. Good job though. Nicely done. Marcia
  13. Oxide Pastels - Safety Issues

    Kaolin contains hydrated aluminum silicates, approximately H2Al2Si2O8-H2O.Most significant is the Silica or silicates which can cause Potters Rot or Silicosis. Wear a mask. and have your classmates wear them too.
  14. Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain

    I love throwing porcelain. I throw many types. My favorite is Coleman for Obvara because I think it makes the best patterns for crackled surfaces. I like ^6 Frost for translucent porcelain at ^6. You need to control water use on porcelain as it sucks it right up. I throw dry and have no problems. The cylinder is with about 8 pounds of porcelain. It was pushed out to make a crackled orb. This porcelain I bought from Matt Fiske before he left for Denmark. It is from Laguna, but I don't know the name.

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