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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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    http://www.marciaselsorstudio.com , http://www.lameridiana.fi.it/pottery-workshops-marcia-selsor-36-17.htm

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    Red Lodge, Montana
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    "I have been working in clay since 1966. -an industrial design major in a ceramics elective. I got hooked! First time I raku fired was with Paul Soldner in 1968 at Wallingford Art Center in the snow. I love the fire, kilns, tactile surfaces and the comraderie of the folks who live with this humbling medium. My interests in Clay include dynamics of Kiln designs, Glaze Chemistry, Throwing, building kilns, and developing tools for new forms and textures, alternative firing processes and the World History of Ceramics. On a non-ceramics note I enjoy cooking and gardening, travel, museums observations of nature including wild horses and birds incorporating them into my art. Moved back to Montana where I'll be able to visit the wild horse herds in the Pryor Mountains.


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  1. I agree with John. Shipo banding wheel at NCECA. I use them when applying terra sig. Great momentum. Marcia
  2. when I think of balance in functional pottery , I think of Robin Hopper's book, Functional Pottery and his pitcher with an X-ray of a hand and how the hand holds the handle of the pitcher. Pottery is more interaction with touch beyond the visual. That is why picking up and touching pottery is so important to the aesthetic, IMO. Marca
  3. The Starter Wheel

    Marcia, when you say a “larger wheel”, what sort of diameter are you talking? Honestly, I’m too new to differentiate between sizes and what I might need. I meant that the Arista may not be sufficient if you want to make casseroles or dinner plates. Marcia
  4. Table top fountain design

    or you could place an inverted bowl over the pump in the basin and attach a trough form (sculpted) and run the plug out at a higher level but out of sight. Marcia
  5. The Starter Wheel

    I have an Arista as a spare wheel for demos and working on a change of clay body when I don't want to change my primary wheel. They are good for smaller work. I also have an Aspire by Shimpo. This has a small wheel head. I use it for polishing bases after woodier. Also use it for small work. Tea bowls, mugs, bowls. Bats are about 8". Both are tabletop wheels. Selecting a wheel is a big investment. You really need to decide what you plan to do with it and your future demands for it. If you plan to sit 8 hours a day, you don't want back aches. Do you plan on getting to the point of throwing casseroles, dinner plates? You may need a larger wheel. I had some old Amaco wheels similar to the 1-101 in my classroom when I started teaching. They were old in '75. . They can be slowed down while centering. remove from list. Arista nice beginner wheel but long range may be limiting. Pacifica is a good wheel for the price with more potential depending on where you plan to take it. You could adjust the height , if needed, by putting it on bricks or it may come with adjustable legs. Get a chair/stool that adjusts to your body needs. Marcia
  6. Desert night to day

    I like this design. I know places like that. Marcia
  7. What's your Mug?

    Here's mine. ..from a wood firing..made by me and fits my hand as Mea says. Prerequisite..must fit under spigot of espresso machine. This is for cappuccino. Marcia
  8. Firing Raku can yield good results or disasters. So a good day of firing is always rewarding. If the humidity is right, or the combustible is working its juju, then all is right in the world. This was a good day. Got some beauties. Firing in the heat of South Texas was physically stressful. This was a long day of firing into the night. I used a new source of straw from a feed store near the art museum. It seemed to have more weeds than straw, but it created very interesting colors.
  9. Plainsmen 340 

    One of my students who was from a ranch in central MT said that Plainsmen mined on their ranch, shipped it to canada and refined it. Who knows. that was 30years ago.


    1. terrim8


      I was in their office & there was a map on the wall with all their deposits. Everything was distributed sort of like a circle around Medicine hat & part of that circle crossed the border so you are correct. they were really complaining  about the costs of some stuff that came from further away in the US so there must be some ingredients that they have to order from other places. 

  10. Handle Help

    for practice pulling handles, I was taught to pull as many handles as you could get onto a 10" or so cylinder then recycle the clay, It was a good practice. Marcia
  11. Locally Made-get on the bandwagon

    "Made in Montana" stickers have been available for potters and other craftsmen for at least 14 years. It was a big economic push at the turn of the century maybe before that.. There are a lot of local clays in Montana and possibly the Bray manufactures a lot with all or mostly all local ingredients. can't really say. The Canadian clay processed in Medicine Hat just across the Canadian Border,-Plainsmen Porcelain, comes from a ranch of a former student just North of Roundup , Montana. Its true , we use many imported ingredients. I have a button from the 60s that says "Support you local Potter". Maybe that is more of what it is really about than 100% ingredients. I am up to 6 Montana Galleries and one Nevada. Still have 2 in Texas, one in Minnesota. I like that many people remember me even though I was gone for 11 years. It is good to be back. Marcia
  12. PQotW: Week 32

    my first computer was a Commadore 64. Then an Apple 512. I taught computer graphics by having to use commands to draw a line in the late 70s. Not sure I ever saw wysiwyg used. I though maybe Glaze Nerd had a new phrase. Marcia
  13. My parents were supportive but would have preferred my college of choice to have been a school in Ottawa, Kansas where many of the graduates went on to Halmark Cards. I always was a drawer from an early age. That helped get a scholarship and I stayed local in Philadelphia to study. I discovered clay early on in art school and have been with it 50+ years now.
  14. Tools for throwing dry

    I went to school in Phila. with Dan Dailey! Small world. I blew glass there too.I throw dry. I use ribs as I described in the ribs post.