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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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    Red Lodge, Montana
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    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. saggar, horse hair, feathers, foil saggars, Obvara

    experiments in alternative firing techniques, foil saggar firing, Obvara firing, ceramic saggar firing
  2. I have been busy with firing pieces for several exhibitions since the weather broke. The obvara was pretty successful. I have been experimenting in the saggars using tiles as baffles to help hold combustibles in place. I am including two pieces of framed baffles because I find them so intriguing. the pots range from 8-12" in ht. I am using terra sig on the sagger pieces as well as on the smooth areas of the obvara pieces. I use ball clay TS so that it absorbs the obvara and the fuming in the saggars. Marcia
  3. Firing Pots With Lids

    freezing works when a lid sticks but not from being completely glazed. More like the wax wasn't completely covering the area where they touched. It is a shame but studio practices usually fire lids on. It prevents the pieces from warping and not fitting. This should have been part of the instructional info on glazing. Sorry you weren't informed. Marcia
  4. Terra Sig question

    Dick, I usually just stir the TS after it has been sitting in between uses. Adding Mason stains is a different story. They tend to settle quickly from my experience. If you can keep the stains in solution while using, no problem. I like Darvon 811 as a deflocculent. Marcia
  5. Got a surprise opportunity of no precipitation today. if the wind isn't too bad, i'll be firing all day. 

  6. I prefer quiet and the sounds of nature. Even my heaters are silent. I have a dog and two cats for company. Nice view out the window looking at the ski runs on the mountain. I use to listen to classical guitar years ago in Texas , but then I grew to prefer all the birdsongs down there. I heard a new bird song one day and discovered love birds ( real name) in a palm tree. Here I heard the song of a new to me bird. Pairs of sand hill cranes flying around the neighborhood. Marcia
  7. Ceramic Communities

    Minneapolis has a great clay center and good community, Asheville, NC, Philadelphia has the Clay studio and has been a great clay city. The clay studio is moving to a new location and expanding its space. Missoula , Montana has an extremely well developed community clay center and lots of potters in the area. Red Lodge, Mt. has the Red Lodge Clay center with semi annual workshops. Tucson has an active clay community. Austin also has a very active clay community. Marcia
  8. sleet , high winds and snow last night. Rain this afternoon and then more snow tomorrow. Planning to fire obvara on Tuesday.



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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      The fires raging in OK are signs of the draught. We are expecting more snow later this week. I am going to fire saggars all day while I can.  The last snowfall missed us yesterday but dropped 10" on Great falls to the north. 


    3. terrim8


      wow- haven't heard anything about that up here! Forest fires kind of spoiled our summer here last year (for hiking in the mountains & general air quality)

    4. Denice


      We have tried to vacation in Colorado for several years, but have gone to other areas.  Colorado has been plagued with fires, rain and mudslides.   This fall we are heading to Yellowstone!    Denice

  9.  more snow. Free workshop at the Red Lodge Clay Center this weekend. Out of town potters coming to stay with me.  Matthew Kelleher and Shoko Teruyama from Alfred, NY. Nice community asset!


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    2. oldlady


      how deep is the snow?

    3. S. Dean

      S. Dean

      Hoping for some rain today to wash away the yellow snow (pollen) that's covering everything in central NC right now.  Azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom - daffodils and lily magnolia blooms are a distant memory.  Although expecting a low of 34F tonight.......

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      depends where. drifts are3-4'. got about 3" then 8" last week.


  10. saggartilesTurnercopy.jpg

    yes. taking organic material in salts.
  11. Using Small "Test" Kilns as Only Kiln

    I have a Crucible from Seattle Pottery about 20 years old. Much like this one from Seattle Pottery. I fore test for ^6 glazes to ^7 because it is fast and just uses a kiln sitter. I put a shed over the load inside to slow down the cooling. 9 x11 interior. This one has a controller. http://jenkenkilns.com/af3p-119w4flipdoor-1.aspx Marcia
  12. Grinding tool

    for pots, especially wood fired, I have a diamond core diamond pad disc for a wheel head.it has adhesive to stick to a bat. It works great for the bottom of pots. Marcia
  13. just checking to see where you are. Great falls was colder than here 27 F right now. Yesterday it was 45 and the day before with snow was 9-12 F 3 inches but disappeared by afternoon.


    1. Denice


      It's also cold in KS suppose to get down to 21 to night, the snow missed us, stayed north of us in Nebraska.  Denice

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      our high Sunday was 12.


  14. Raw ash onto wet clay

    I used Mt St. Helen's ash from the 1980 eruption. Volcanic ash is a good feldspar. Look up some recipes. you may get some stunning results by using it in a glaze. http://www.potters.org/subject99294.htm Marcia
  15. Orifice Size for Propane Kiln?

    I built on that sounds similar back in 1971. I put 5 holes very small into the black pipe which ran perpendicular to the burner body. Used the drill press at the local HS shop. The design was by Don Bendel from Flagstaff.. Cant find the original mimeograph handout of it. the body was 2" pipe wit a bell reducer on the front end and squirrel cage blower behind and a tin coffee can lid screwed onto the air intake for air control. Marc Ward makes great blowers and is very generous in answering questions. Marcia

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