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Marcia Selsor

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About Marcia Selsor

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    Professor Emerita, MSU-Billings, Advanced Member

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    http://www.marciaselsorstudio.com

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    Female
  • Location
    Red Lodge, Montana
  • Interests
    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. Pietro and John Colbeck from UK offer course in the Spring. One was just a throwing course. no firing. Here is a long course...first for 2018. Website program should be online by end of August. http://www.lameridiana.fi.it/ceramic_courses_programme.htm Covers throwing , glazing , firing
  2. Concrete slab getting poured on Monday. Walls will follow shortly. This will be my new kiln shed for year-round firing ability ...as long as I can shovel my way out there!

     

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      That's awesome Marcia!

      In regards to the snowy walkway, just have a dedicate snowblower ready at the beginning of the path, and you can just easily clear the way, as you walk to the shed.

      No need to pull a muscle, or tire yourself out, before you even start working.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      finally got an electric I can carry thru the house from back to front. ..after losing 20 pounds from shoveling. We had 200% normal snowfall last winter beginning with 22" in Sept.

       

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      I do not envy those, in the Northern US, and obviously places North of that.

      We get a decent amount of snow here, but nothing like that.  I got my current snow blower at the end of a record setting Winter, in terms of snowfall.  

      So I did my driveway, by hand all season, then got the snow blower.  We haven't had a season like that since...

  3. Marcia Selsor

    Temperature Algorithm?

    I just use this https://www.rapidtables.com/convert/temperature/fahrenheit-to-celsius.html I do a lot of teaching in Europe and have to explain in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. There are a lot of convert apps on the web. I don't really think there are folks back in the lab monitoring the threads on this forum. Marcia
  4. try putting some heat lamps on the mold. it could heat up the oil. It has worked for me. Marcia
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    Websites And Sales

    I have been using Go Daddy for 7 or more years. I have 22 pages on my site. I can update and edit easily. I appreciate their web support too. I tried one Chris Campbell recommended but it wasn't for me. I average 3-5000 hits per month. I use it mostly for educational purposes.
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    Gas kiln stalled . Why?

    I agree with theneed for air on the burners. Question: what altitude are you? If you are at a high altitude, is your chimney giving you sufficient draft. when the kiln is empty, light a piece of news paper , put it near the flue and see if the flame is drawn into the flue. When reducing you should have a hard flame( bluish) coming out the top peep and a licking flame on the bottom. Marcia
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    Up to what temp can I vent?

    he was one of the 6 ceramicists exhibited at the Whitney as a ground breaking event for ceramic art in 1980. Gilhooley, Mason, Voulkos, Price, Arneson and Shaw. I saw a show of the 6 of them at the San Jose NCECA around that time.Mason's work was powerful. They all were. I digress https://archive.org/stream/ceramicsc00fole/ceramicsc00fole_djvu.txt
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    Up to what temp can I vent?

    if they are cool to your cheek they are too wet.
  9. Marcia Selsor

    Where do you put freshly thrown pieces?

    I clear my 4' x 10' work table and put my thrown work on that. I cover the pots with various size buckets or large 24" or 30" storage containers to keep them damp. I can get 10-12 small bat inserts under one storage container. If I am doing large orb , I use 5 gallon buckets or larger storage containers. I also have shelves if I need them. Marcia
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    I HAVE A QUESTION, NEED HELP?

    Have you tried photo image transfers? For one of, it may be more simple. Look at the video on CAD for litho photo transfer.
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    Pottery wheel belts

    Can you share a photo? Some belts are easy to find at auto supply stores, others need to be from the manufacturer. Marcia
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    Spooze Question

    This is what I use...adapted from Peggy Heer's . 1:4 toilet paper to clay? Soak toilet paper overnight, squeeze dry, add to dry clay, the same body as you are repairing.. Then add vinegar and a few drops of sodium silicate and mix with blender. I have repaired students' work with this as well as a sculpture of my own.\
  13. Taking my little demo kiln to Art in the Beartooths on Sat. for our art center's annual fundraiser. I will be firing saggars and obvara. The top piece will be auctioned off. Looking like nice cool weather for the event. Enjoy your weekend.

     

  14. Michael Cardew said it takes 7 years to master the wheel. I think he was correct. I felt very confident after 7 years. I feel more confident after 50 years. It takes practice, observing and persistence. I taught and still teach. I loved teaching throwing and feel I did a good job. Teaching can be trying as administrators required larger and larger classes. Pursuing pottery as a profession requires learning skills in clay as well as kilns, chemistry, firing practices, business savvy, marketing, etc. And lets not forget aesthetics of a good pot, balance, visual appeal, etc. There are several professionals here who generously share their knowledge, but you need more than a discussion group. If you are in for the long haul, try taking short term workshops on things you want to to learn. There are many venues for this. Search for workshops in magazines such as Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, or on Facebook sites. Vimeo, Youtube, Periscope, offer good visuals, but individual contact is hard to beat. Marcia
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