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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. Making terra cotta bricks

    These are from my Architectural ceramics Handouts when I taught Architectural ceramics workshops. Marcia Chip Clauson's Freeze Proof Terra Cotta Batch % Hawthorne Fire Clay 20 9 C and C Ball 50 21 Red Art 100 43 Talc 15 6 Muddox Grog 50 21 .5 Barium Carbonate Alfred's Terra Cotta Ocmulgee 25% Red Art 25 PBX Fire Clay 20 Calvert 10 Neph. Syen. 5 Talc 5 Silica 10 for handbuilding add 10% fine grog Terra Cotta ^06 to ^02 Red Art 100 Gold Art 40 Ocmulgee 40 Talc 17 Sand 12 200 pound + batch dissolve 3/4 cup of barium carb. on water and add to batch Carrie Esser Red Sculpture clay ^04 Goldart 15 Red Art 40 Hawthorne 20 Talc 5 Neph. Syen. 5 Wollastonite 15 Grog 20 Barium Carb 1 dissolve first
  2. PQotW: Week 35

    3 2 4 1 I know these people but don't have the book. Just guessing.
  3. NCECA

    There is also the ICAN reception which is a good place to get together if they are doing it this year. Tables at the back of the exhibition hall. Hotel bars are good too. Marcia
  4. Just back from a very busy 2 weeks away to see family and wedding. Got a dreadful cold. Still sick but at least I'm home.


    1. Min


      Hope you feel better soon :)


    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      thanks, Min. I am working on it.


  5. NCECA

    I love the energy at NCECA and the excitement. Lots of pottery nerds, Maybe you'll meet Jon Singer, and he'll expose his test tiles. he's ALWAYS carrying... There are too many exhibitions to possibly see. Talking with others is the most fun. Dropping in on the Makers Rooms, the big demos, the lectures, the special group discussions. etc. Good idea to mark up the program with your top choices. Major draw is the trade show exhibition Hall where there are 6 or more galleries, many clay distributors, tools galore, demos, the Potters Council show, Workshop venues, Schools and universities and other non-profits. It takes weeks to decompress. I see some familiar faces in the program including John Baymore and some of my friends and fellow symposium colleagues years past. Marcia
  6. I have a friend Brazil with a small studio. She wants some opinions on the vertical slab rollers. Has anyone here tried one? Marcia
  7. Table Top Slab Roller

    Hi all. Almost home after huge visit to friends and family, wedding, etc. on east coast. Heading back today to Montana. Slab rollers: I have a Bailey. My second. The first was purchased in 1980 or so. My current one (2002) was a step up to a large table top and 30" wide. Love it.Northstar has improved greatly since I used the early model in my classroom. It had adjustments for thickness on each side and students could get it lopsided. Brent's have cables to adjust, they fray and prick your fingers. PITA factor. Can never say enough about Bailey and their customer service. Always improving their designs. Slab mat: been using them for years. Time for some fresh ones. The ones that survived the toxic air in Texas are crumbling. Guess they really didn't survive it after all. I have a question about those vertical slab rollers. A friend from Brazil is interested because her studio is really small. Will start another thread for that. Marcia
  8. I agree with John. Shipo banding wheel at NCECA. I use them when applying terra sig. Great momentum. Marcia
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Desert night to day

    I like this design. I know places like that. Marcia
  14. 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
  15. 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.