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Marcia Selsor

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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-Rome in 2015. Her work is in ten countries 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 and Ceramics Technical 2015. More recently, 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. 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,: Recents shows in 2015 and 2016:San Antonio Potters' Guild All Texas Competition, History in the Making VIII at the Firehouse gallery in Rochester, NY. Earth, Fire, Form and Foro at CRETA-Rome, Raku Currents in Steelville, Mo., Midwest Mentors at Brackers during NCECA, Materials: Hard and Soft, Denton Cultural Arts Center, TX.

Over the past five 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 ma ny cultural experiences and study-touring as possible and hands-on clay experience. She began teaching College of St. Rose 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 Art Space of South Padre Island, TX; Alternative Firing, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Lawrence, Kansas at Brackers Firing in Raku kilns. Obvara Workshop at CRETA-Rome 2015

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

Upcoming Events 2016

April 17-28 Potters Council Tour, Barcelona, Spain. https://www.facebook...514246655401458

May 22-23 2016 Alternative Firing with The Scottish Potters Association, Glasgow, Scotland.

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

Sept./Oct 2016 Alternative Firing Processes, Israel

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    My interests include circles of friends and communities on local to international levels. My work focuses on alternative firing techniques in an effort to reduce my carbon footprint. Sustainability, gardening, recycling all hold an active concern for me.


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