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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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    "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. Absorption

    One test you can do to see if your clay has vitrified, is to fill it with water and let it sit of a surface all night. In the morning , if there is a ring of moisture at the base, the clay is not vitrified. When working with outdoor freeze proof clay, there are a few differences of opinion on what rate is preferred. Nothing over 3%. Some say 1.5% Marcia
  2. Looks good. Did you have any problems? Marcia
  3. During the Sunshine Cobb demo/workshop this past weekend at the Red Lodge Clay Center, the topic of wax resist came up. One person said the Wax resist from Columbus Clay was a "game changer". in Montana, many people have used the Liquid Wax from Archie bray developed in the 1950s for Hamada's visit. I have been using Aftosa wax for several years because I can see it. Its blue. Anyone have a favorite? Marcia
  4. winter came last week with 6 inches of snow. I have a lot to do before the extremely cold weather gets here. 

  5. colouring large batches of porcelain

    I'd mix a few kgs at a time with a blender and dry it in a plaster mold to the right consistency. I think you'd get a better blend than in a pug mill/ you find a smaller used dough mixer.maybe that would work. Marcia
  6. how do I create an album in my gallery?

    ok. thanks , Mea. I think I am still overwhelmed with all I have to do after being gone. Can't put in much time on the forum right now. Marcia
  7. how do I create an album in my gallery?

    Thanks, Joel! I got it. Couldn't I have replied without having to quote mo own post with yours? But thank you very much. I will try to spend some more time learning but right now I am digging a hole for the base of my new large raku kiln before the ground freezes. #1 tonight. And we had snow last Monday. Marcia
  8. Kiln brick question

    yes, the stamped name is really important to trace back what type of brick you have. They look very clean as in no mortar. Saves a lot of work. I have used salvaged bricks before, and cleaning them is time consuming. Wear wrist braces when moving them bricking up hard brick doors trashed my wrists at an early age. Be protective. Firebrick s are 9" x 4.5 x 2.25" and weigh 5 lbs. each Nice find Marcia
  9. I spent most summers on the beach living at my grandmother's house. I didn't enjoy the Gulf coast of Texas as much as the Atlantic in South Jersey.Whenever I finish teaching a workshop I feel like "camp is over'. I bigger preference would be fishing in Montana. Marcia
  10. new forum, what i dislike

    Sorry Mea, but I just got back from Italy and missed all the discussion. Holly Goring told me to contact Steven because she is unaware that any changes were made. Thanks for the details. I don't even want to deal with the new forum. Marcia
  11. new forum, what i dislike

    true. but he should be aware of the problems so many people are having. I just asked him to review the thread of what people are having problems with. PLEASE CONTACT OUR MODERATORS IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. THEY ARE TRYING TO ASSIST EVERYONE. Thanks Mea ,
  12. new forum, what i dislike

    I was off for 2 weeks. Came back to this new format and don't have a clue. Thanks for all the help from others. Steve Hecker is the new administrator in charge of this. Send your requests directly to him. Marcia
  13. Raku Question

    Raku clay does not mature at low temperature. That it why it works in raku. Typically it can go to ^6 or even ^9 but you need to test. It is not really a lowlier type of clay, it is a porous open body at raku temperature to deal with the thermal shock. That is why groggy stoneware works. Marcia
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