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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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    Besides chemistry, history, techniques, clay bodies, kilns and firings, ceramics collections and museums, I am interested in Civic engagement, gardening , bird watching, Montana outdoors, historical places, education.

    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. Just back from NCECA. I wanted to say thanks to those who stopped by after our panel to say hello. It is always nice to add a face to a name. I thought it was a good NCECA and I enjoyed seeing so many OLD friends. We are getting older every year and it shows. I had three friends commemorated in the Past Masters sessions. So until next year.... Marcia
  2. when I was a kid the Philadelphia phone book was used for this purpose. It was about 3 inches thick. There are no phone books that thick in Montana. Oxford Dictionary made do.
  3. When NCECA was in Seattle there was a show of the 10 wood kilns of the area. I think , if you must fire it, you should contact one of the owners of these kilns. Marcia
  4. Pres, where is the ceramic Arts Daily reception or is it the same as the ICAN? Marcia
  5. I am using soluble salts in low temperature firing.
  6. I think there are also calls for volunteers for locals to works registration and other things. Old Lady, I wish I knew you were working in Tampa. I want to meet you face to face sometime. I did get to hang out with President some some of NCECA. And worked with him on the Potters Council Board jurying the K-12 show. It is great to meet social media friends face to face. Also met Glazenerd in Pittsburg. Marcia
  7. I'll be part of a panel on low firing process called "How Low Can You Go?" with Paul Wandless moderating, Russel Fouts, Judith Motzkin, and Ken Turner Friday at 10:45 Auditorium C. I have been attending NCECA since 1971. The programming is overwhelming with 6 or more talks, panels etc going at once, plus the Fab Lab, trade show, exhibitions etc. I have presented on panels and given lectures from the history of Architectural ceramics from Central Asia to Spain and my partner, Stephanie Stephenson continued Part 2 with Architectural Ceramics from Colonial Mexico to Hollywood. This year, the Honoring Masters, those we have lost this year, include 4 of my friends. That's what happens if you stick around long enough. There are constant demonstration, NCECA is an amazing event and travels around the country. This year in Minneapolis, the Mingei Woodfired influence will be prevelant but so will many events emphasizing community and inclusion. If you live in the area, just trying to see the exhibitions would keep you bust for at least 2 weeks.You may not need the day pass for the shows except for free admission to the museums. The crowd is made up of about 6000 clay enthusiasts, professionals, educators, hobbyists, etc. There are lively clay talks in all the lobbies and bars. The trade show offers discounted books, tools, materials equipment, etc. It is worth the price of admission. I have been going over the bus routes for the shows, the program and talks for several days. Check out what is happening here. https://nceca.net Marcia
  8. the newspaper also allows the shrinkage movement to occur reducing braking. I do this with y large raku slabs 25" x 18" Marcia
  9. I get mine straight from Laguna delivered by parcel post. It is cheaper than "less than a pallet". I do give the ladies at the postoffice a heads up and tell them to call me when it arrives so they don't have to move it several times. Marcia
  10. it looks a lot like my wood fired raku kiln from the 70s except I had a barrel on pulleys lined with fiber. It was made of scrap bricks and was torn down regularly by neighborhood kids. The drawing of the design is in "Raku ; A Practical Approach , 2nd edition p 113. We split 2 x 4 scrap to fire. It did fire fast once we got the temperature for the first batch. My classes fired all day. The barrel sat on top of the cylindrical brick chamber. Mine was more tapered.
  11. there used to be an additive called "plasticizer" . maybe it is still around. Vee-gum is also a plasticizer. Marcia
  12. Robert Peipenberg had a short video of trash can smoke firing using sawdust , wooden sticks , charcoal briquettes, newspaper, copper carb, etc. Holes in the sides at strategic places. Picasso of Loneliness mentioned the upside down can.. I had a guest artist, Tom Fresh, demonstrate this about 30+ years ago He said the magic ingredient for the black was a chunk of horse manure. Meanwhile, I think your goals are sawdust saggar firing like Peipenburg did. One woman whose sagger-fired work I admire is Sinead Fagan of Ireland. http://www.sineceramics.com Another is Judith Motzkin who will be on our panel at NCECA http://www.motzkin.com/ceramics.htm
  13. I have 2 friends , at least, who make a living with ^6 electric. Here are links to see their work: Sue Tirrell, Montana and Anne Fallis Elliot, Manitoba https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/ceramics-monthly/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-artists/sue-tirrell-contemporary-american-frontier-ceramic-artist/ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212462765186267&set=a.1084915405206&type=3&theater when Anne lived in NYC she sold at the Guggenheim gift shop among other place. Shereturned to manitoba after 30+ years of producing in NYC. Sue's work was recently on the cover of ceramics monthly. She retails her work across the US including shops at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Visions West in Livingsto and Bozeman , Montana, online galleries like the red lodge clay center. Marcia
  14. I took a workshop with him in 1968 where we fired raku...my first time. Met him on several other occasions. He was a fun guy. Thanks for sharing those photos. Marcia
  15. Just a reminder that NCECA is coming soon. Mar 27-30. I am presenting during discussion panel on alternative firings , "How Low Can You Go?' Friday, 10:45 Auditorium A If you are interested in lowfire experimenting, you will find this very interesting. Please say hello if you come by. Marcia Panelists: Paul Wandless. https://www.facebook.com/studio3artcompany/ is moderator, Russel Fouts, http://users.skynet.be/russel.fouts/ Judith Motzkin, http://www.motzkin.com/ceramics.htm Marcia Selsor https://www.marciaselsorstudio.com Ken Turner. http://www.kenturnerpottery.com
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