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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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About Me

BFA 1970 in Ceramics,Phila. University of the Arts with Bill Daley, Paula Winokur, and Petras Vaskys, MFA 1974 in Ceramics,SIU Carbondale with Nick Vergette. Retired in 2000 as a Professor Emerita after 25 years of teaching University level ceramics at Montana State University-Billings. In 2006 relocated to Brownsville, Tx. She received 2 Fulbright Scholars Awards: Spain in '85-86 documenting ethnic origins (Iberian, Roman, Celtic, Moorish) of Spanish folk potters traditions, kilns, wheels, pottery forms, in 48 pottery centers all over the country and Uzbekistan '94 taught History of World Ceramics, studio ceramics, worked with the Architectural Restoration Dept. at the Tashkent Institute of the Arts. Also visited many sites of Islamic Ceramic Architecture from the 10-16th centuries including Samarkund; lectured at the University in Bukhara, Tashkent University, numerous schools and the National Symposium of Ceramics teachers. Taught at UH Manoa in Spring 2005 as visiting Director of the Ceramics Program and UT-Brownsville 2011-2012.

She's had residencies at: '71 The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY;'91 Dzintari, Latvia; '92,'93 State Ceramics factory in Tashkent, Uzbekistan;'93 Visual Artists Residency at Banff Center for Creative Arts @ Banff, Alberta; 2000 Straumur Artists' Commune, Iceland; '02 Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; '03 The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pa.;'04 La Meridiana, Italy;'08 The Mary Anderson Center, IN; '09 Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center, Makaweo, Maui;'12 A.I.R.Vallauris, France and CRETA in 2015. Her work is in public and private collections on three continents, appears in numerous books and magazines beginning with Studio Potter's Alternative Fuels issue in 1973 with a unique Oil burner conversion for kiln firing, and Feathered Slip Trailing Technique in Ceramics Monthly 1974. More recently Darryl Baird's Extruder Book,Oriental Glazes by Michael Bailey (my contributions are ^6 glazes), John Britt's(2014) new Mid-range Glazes, Alternative Kilns and Firing Technique, Advanced Raku, 21st Century Kilns, Ceramic Sculpture; Inspiring Techniques, Mastering Raku, Lark Books 500 Raku pieces, Paperclay;the Art and Practice (2013).She has written articles for: Ceramics Monthly, Potters Council Newsletter,Studio Potter Magazine and Newsletter, Pottery Making Illustrated, Women Artists' News, Crafts Range, Craft International, NCECA Journal and newsletter, Voices of Art, British Archaeology Reports, and served on the CM technical Staff for Raku from 1998-2004, plus contributed to several anthropological books, glaze books and more. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since the mid- 1980s.

Juror for the International exhibitions: Teapots, Seapots in Portugal 2011; Small Art Objects, "In Motion", Vallauris France; 2013 as well as NCECA K-12 2014, From the Ground Up 2015, Las Cruces, NM. Recent exhibitions include A.I.R. Vallauris Oct. 2012,: 43rd Annual International Show in 2015 at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 2014 Texas Six-Pack show,and won a merit Award at the San Antonio Potters' Guild All Texas Competition in 2015. Solo show of Recent Work at Galeria 409 in Brownsville, History in the Making VIII at the Firehouse gallery in Rochester, NY.  Served on the NCECA Board of Directors 1990-1991, Potters Council Charter member since 2001.Potters Council Board of Directors from 2006-2011 and as President 2008-2009 and Immediate Past President 2009- 2011. Currently serving on the Potters Council Advisory Board 2014-2017. Served as a board member on numerous non-profit organizations focusing on Services for Adult Mentally Disabled, Community Leadership, Civic Engagement and Arts organizations.

Over the past four decades she has taught workshops in Spain, Italy, France, Canada, and across the United States including Hawaii. European workshops have been ongoing since 1995 combining the trip to include as many cultural experiences and study-touring as possible and hands-on clay experience. She began teaching St. Mary's College 1971 in Albany, NY, Raku workshops in 1972 at Grailville , Ohio and  1973 a slip marbling workshop at Cheltenham Art Center, Pa. Recent workshops:'11 Throwing and Large Slabs, molds and tar paper forms, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell,NM; '12 Cone 6 Reduction Workshop in Corpus Christi Tx., Masters Class- Raku workshop in Vallauris, France 2012, Alternative Firing Techniques Potters Council Conference in Minneapolis Oct. '13, Potters Council Tuscany 2011-2015, Architectural Ceramics with Stephani Stephenson at La Meridiana 2014.February, 2015 Alternative Firing Art Space of South Padre Island.

She is a Charter member of Potters Council since 2001 and a member of the American Craft Council, NCECA, Texas Clay Art Association and a Lifetime member of the Fulbright Association. Ceramic Arts Daily recently released a dvd "Expanding the Potential of Raku Kiln with Marcia Selsor" http://ceramicartsda...-the-raku-kiln/

Upcoming Workshops 2015
For more information check my new website at http://www.marciaselsorstudio.com

Sept.. 11-14 Las Cruces, New Mexico at the NM State University Alternative Firing including ^1 soda and terra cotta, saggar, obvara, and raku. Friday at 4pm Juror's lecture and Awards Ceremony "From the Ground Up". Two days of Firing, unload soda kiln on Monday am and a lecture at 11 about the Fulbright Experience.

Sept. 25-27, 2015 Lawrence, Kansas at Brackers Firing in Raku kilns: Ceramic Saggars, Foil Saggars, Horse Hair and feather, Obvara and Raku. Two days of firing and demos. http://www.brackers....orrakuworkshop/

Nov. 4-Dec. 16 CRETA in Rome residency, Obvara workshop and exhibition. http://www.cretarome...#!about-us/c4nz

May 2016 The Scottish Potters Association, Glasgow, Scotland.

Sept. 2016 Symposium in Barcelona 2016 at El Torn. http://eltornbarcelona.com/en/

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    My constant exploration of the potential of alternative firing methods has led to some very satisfying results and directions. I enjoy international travel especially meeting other potters and ceramic artists and international residency opportunities. I try to be engaged in community activity on different levels.
    I am an avid bird watcher, gardener, and love good books.


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