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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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    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. Throwing Studio on 2nd Floor house?

    I'd put in a type of pulley system or winch to kick the clay upstairs. Carrying it will take out your knees eventually. I agee with Mark. Take the garage. I put mine in a large garage. Kilns are in an unheated shed. Marcia
  2.  of snow over night and really coming down ...stll. Dog won't go out even on a shoveled path. Glad my studio is attached to house.

  3. Artspeak

    Both of these have been accepted into the Conebox show at NCECA in Pittsburgh. At Allegheney Community College within waling distance from the conference center. Opening in Thursday.
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    The raku kiln fro Brackers is much like this design. David Sturm, the designer, has the flu over the burner port rather than in the lid. I fired some of these during my workshop at Brackers and also during the taping of my dvd at Acers. It is a good design and you can use the flu to watch the glazes. Marcia
  5. our local Ice cream parlor gives away large buckets regularly. good for glazes, water, etc. When I had a residency on an estate in upstate NY, I mixed dry ingredients for clay, made a slurry, and put it in clay flower pots in the basement of a mansion where I was the caretaker. Pots from a former greenhouse were lined with cheesecloth and a piece of paper over the drainage hole. It took a few days for the clay to dry to a workable consistency. It was something I did everyday for a constant supply of clay. Marcia
  6. RE the Bray pieces scattered throughout the property. They are not all failures. Many were selected and assigned locations by committee. Many were made for specific locations. Most potters I know or knew earlier in my career lived and breathed clay or fire. It takes commitment to go beyond all the failures , but gain knowledge. And that carries you on to the next experiment. Being a potter is a never ending challenge. Some things get easier with time, but still there are many variables to try and expand. Marcia

    San Miguel workshops begin at the end of March https://www.sanmigueldeallendeceramicworkshops.com/2018-workshops
  8. what do you mean living abroad "part time" for 2 years. What do you mean by part time? I found your talk listed in the program. I look forward to hearing it and meeting you face to face. I remember your piece in NCECA with all the leaves. Very nice piece. Marcia
  9. Share what you gained from the experience. I have lectured to large groups at NCECA. Practice your presentation. Visit the tech room to make sure everything is working. Then share with us how your awareness was expanded personally and in clay. NCECA has lots of interested minds , so they want to hear what you have to say. I'll be there. What is the title of the entire panel? Will you be using "Spring" as your name? you could include daily routines like grocery shopping, neighbors, the details of routine living; what you were doing in clay, potters, firing processes, how you adjusted to new circumstances, how your daughter adjusted to new circumstances, how you were treated by others. Marcia
  10. Home made wheel that actually works.

    Nice job! I'd get a larger pulley because that goes way too fast for me. Good job though. Nicely done. Marcia
  11. Oxide Pastels - Safety Issues

    Kaolin contains hydrated aluminum silicates, approximately H2Al2Si2O8-H2O.Most significant is the Silica or silicates which can cause Potters Rot or Silicosis. Wear a mask. and have your classmates wear them too.
  12. Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain

    I love throwing porcelain. I throw many types. My favorite is Coleman for Obvara because I think it makes the best patterns for crackled surfaces. I like ^6 Frost for translucent porcelain at ^6. You need to control water use on porcelain as it sucks it right up. I throw dry and have no problems. The cylinder is with about 8 pounds of porcelain. It was pushed out to make a crackled orb. This porcelain I bought from Matt Fiske before he left for Denmark. It is from Laguna, but I don't know the name.
  13. Raku Rocket - Kiln #3 by Ian Gregory

    I have used 1/2 hardware wire for frames on raku kilns purchased at Home Depot. I've use wire mesh also. I now prefer steel flashing as it retains the radiant heat better. I use 1" or 2" fiber 8# press. Here is my old pulley kiln. https://www.marciaselsorstudio.com/raku--latex-resist---making-raku-kilns.html I like this button design as it does not crack like 2-holed buttons for holding the fiber. I am waiting for snow to melt to complete my new kiln. Marcia
  14. I was about to ask the same thing. I fired a kiln last night with a mini bar 06 white cone. It must be 25-30 years old. Worked fir. It was -6 F. The shiny glaze looks like a different glaze than the white ones. It could have started to flux before the other glaze did just from the composition. Check your element as Neil suggests. Marcia
  15. fired my test kiln yesterday. Loaded at 23 degrees, went down to -6 overnight. Not in a heated shed. That little kiln is 20+ years old. Only replaced a switch on it over this time. I have a spare element in case I need it. It just has a cone sitter and timer. Its a Crucible from Seattle pottery.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      just started firing tonight. Thought tomorrow was going to be nice. Wrong. Wind and snow. So while it is nice today, I got it loaded and firing. Should be done turning it up by 9...my bedtime.  Timer and cone setter should take care of the rest. I'll check it about 5 am. 

      Firing espresso cups for Matt to take back to DC, mugs for a friend and tea bowls for another friend. The back to show pieces.

    3. glazenerd


      Will be glad when winter is over. 

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      there was a really strong wind last night as well as my motion detector light on the kiln shed going on and off. Checked the kiln at midnight. It was off. Shut off security light and went back to sleep.

      Will unload after I walk the dog.



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