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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!. 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. Raku Proposal For School

    Don’t use very fine sawdust. I had some spontaneously combust when the lid was pulled off the can. use heavier chunky sawdust or newspaper. Much safer. Marcia
  2. Raku Proposal For School

    I wear a face heat shield when I use my serious heat resistant gloves. Don’t do this with students. I do this at home.
  3. Yes, punch it. You’ll feel better too.
  4. I have done social and political work from Nixon to the border wall, but my response was technical applications for resist. I believe we are suppose to avoid political commentary here on the forum. marcia
  5. My interpretation soak; keeping the temperature level to even out a glaze....or during a body reduction from 09 to 04, or a glaze reduction. Soaking can also be used in Soda firings when adding charges of soda. then there is a soaking when trying to brighten iron glazes in electric kilns in a ^6 firing. This is done a t ^6 for maybe 20 minutes and then the temperature is dropped tp about 1960 and held for 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on personal preference. I soak my sagger firings for 20 minutes to assure complete combustion of material in the saggers. hold: somewhat the same. sometimes. Crystalline glazes use holding at the same temperature to grow the crystals, but soaking could be the same definition candling: I use this more for gas firings.. candle overnight or at the beginning of the firing to slowly warm up the chamber and the stack or chimney. That makes the chimney draw the heat. preheat: warming up the kiln to drive out the moisture before hitting 212 where steam can blow up work. Marcia
  6. Before applying the paper clay patching, soak the bisque area with water. otherwise the moisture is sucked out of the patching material too quickly and it flakes off. use the paper clay recipe with Karo, vinegar, toilet paper and clay powder. Then re-bisque before glazing. This is a must. Then there is no problem glazing. Can be used for functional pieces. I repaired a student’s pitcher handle this way and it was fine.Handle was in 4 pieces.
  7. Got it but will have to figure out how and where to save them. first try was saved but lost any good resolution.
  8. Thanks Mea. iwill try that. My storage and workability is really limited with traveling on;y with a phone andtablet. Marcia
  9. How do I reduce a photo from 1 mb to 50k I’m an iPad?
  10. Visited friends at El Torn today in Barcelona and went to s Flamenco performance , Tribute to Paco de Locca at the Palau de La Musica.

    must reduce size of pictures. How do I do that on an iPad?



  11. Visited friends at El Torn today in Barcelona and went to s Flamenco performance , Tribute to Paco de Locca at the Palau de La Musica.

    must reduce size of pictures


  12. Yes. Good thing we get along!
  13. why do some people like myself and pres not have like buttons. This is irritating due the the competitive nature of the "likes" winning the day" and seems discriminatory against whoever has had their "like" buttons removed. This is what I don't like about the "winning the day" with likes in the first place. It makes it seem like elementary school stars . Although it is nice to know if someone does get anything out of one's comment. Marcia
  14. you do. I just hit it! I like this, Res. But you can never "win the day" without a like button.
  15. I didn't work in front of students except for demos. But showing slides of when giving background , images are helpful just as they are here. Marcia