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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. transplanted lupine and lilies on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. the flowerbed was below my studio window and I am having it replaced and better insulated. More snow tonight and tomorrow.


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    new saggar and obvara pieces

    Thanks, Pres. I am really engaged in this process and continue researching and experimenting. A few nights ago I was reading Arne Ase' description of chemicals and their properties, Zinc chloride can erase cobalt!So, pieces can be redone. I am trying it today on ferric chloride. Marcia
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    Terra sig density

    your pieces look great. Terra sig was originally used to seal lowlier earthenware. Many artists today use it for a sculptural finish at higher temperatures. If you put a glaze on top of it, I would wonder why use it in the first place?
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    it is ^9-10 porcelain with ball clay TS bisqued to ^06-05 and then brutlized in a saggar. you sound like the guy selling a wand to young Harry. Marcia
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    new saggar and obvara pieces

    everything depends on what is the desired outcome.
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    new saggar and obvara pieces

    it has been an 8 month winter and everyone is tired of it.! Thanks, Mark. 200% above normal snow fall beginning last Sept.. I am looking into a roof over raku area. Marcia
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    Terra sig density

    I just posted some recent work I have in a show plus a piece on the poster..pot on far right. The last obvara pot, the tiles, the 2 marble white pieces all have terra sig on them.I use ball clay so it is not going to vitrify at ^06. The shine is somewhat lost but it still absorbs fumes which is what I am doing. I polish the saggar and the foil saggar with wax. the obvara is natural finish. .
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    new saggar and obvara pieces

    I did see that post but not what it looks like. The white marble pieces are ball clay TS. as well as the neck of the last obvara piece.and the tiles.I added the poster which also has ts on my pot on the right
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    saggar, horse hair, feathers, foil saggars, Obvara

    experiments in alternative firing techniques, foil saggar firing, Obvara firing, ceramic saggar firing
  10. 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. I just added the poster for the Invitational show. Marcia
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    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
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    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
  13. Got a surprise opportunity of no precipitation today. if the wind isn't too bad, i'll be firing all day. 

  14. 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
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    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

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