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Marcia Selsor

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#110630 Sharp Edges -

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 July 2016 - 06:05 AM

Back in the '50s liquid wax resist was developed at the Archie Bray Foundation. When bernard leach and Shoji Hamada visited, Hamada took some back to Japan. David Shaner was director of the Bray in the 60' he used wax resist too.

here is a nice example 

http://www.asahibeer...ection/016.html

here are some of Shaner's

http://www.jfranklin...haner-Bowls.jpg

 

The glaze is applied. Then the wax. the glaze is washed off. The glaze under the wax remains. The next glaze is added. there is a clean line between the 2 glazes

 

Marcia




#110629 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 July 2016 - 05:54 AM

I had a doctor taking classes from me back in Montana. He said the reason was that" if I make a mistake, nobody dies"

There are many reasons to work in clay.

Marcia




#110613 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 July 2016 - 05:22 PM

Nerd,

I am aware of that. I agree, but you have to start somewhere. I have been doing ceramics for 50 years and there is always things to refine. I am happy with my throwing skills and threw my largest pieces this year. So little time; so much to know!

 

Marcia




#110595 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 July 2016 - 01:10 PM

I agree with all of the above ..Old Lady, Mark Nerd, and John. I use to have college kids come into Beginning ceramics and say "I want to make a dinner set".

Ok, I'd say." But first you need to learn how to center."

 And then we'd go from there.

 

Marcia




#110434 Competive Juried Shows

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 July 2016 - 09:05 PM

Thanks , John. That explains it better than I did. It is something we do in academia to make the cut annually. I think it helps exposure of your work.

 

Marcia.




#110423 Competive Juried Shows

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 July 2016 - 05:06 PM

I think is it a way to increase your resume if that is something that will help you professionally. It depends on what type of work you do, where you want it to be seen and collected.

 

Marcia




#110398 Qotw: What Does It Need For You To Look Beyond Your Own Nose?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 July 2016 - 08:18 AM

I like to see what others are doing and what is going on in the world. I am on about 10 ceramics focused groups Facebook pages. The magazines are really accumulating. We are beginning to downsize this type of clutter. I do like the communication in the mags though , so I get them online. There are also show competitions which I do enter every so often.

Marcia




#110387 Tips On Using Porcelain

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 July 2016 - 05:51 PM

I prefer sponging rather than  sanding. And using a chamois for smoothing too. Xiem tools have a sponge for smoothing porcelain. It really works.

 

Marcia




#110377 Hard Time With Extruder..not Extruding?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 July 2016 - 01:14 PM

Did you dip the clay in water before loading the extruder? I have an old Bailey and that helps a lot.




#110357 Glazing Issues

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 July 2016 - 07:14 AM

The crack on the handle attachment can be solved by carving around the joint after attachment in made. Watch a You tube by Martha Grover.

The little pin holes may be from the thick glaze. Hard to say. Maybe the gentle rubbing missed a spot.

 

Marcia




#110355 First Post, Seeking Feedback

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 July 2016 - 07:09 AM

Very nice organic forms. Not sure the light opal shiny surface does much for the form. The forms are the strong point. Now you need to explore surface treatment to best enhance the form. Maybe a breaking glaze on the texture , or a stoney matt. Inside  contrast or same. These are further design decisions. try making several maquettes and try different surfaces on them to see what works best for you.

 

 

Nice to have access to your dad's studio.

 

Best,

Marcia




#110204 Ceramics Mfa Thesis Statments

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 July 2016 - 11:59 AM

I think it depends on the school.Some schools require a thesis exhibition for BFA.

 

Marcia




#110177 Stilt Mark Question

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 July 2016 - 08:23 AM

Perkolator, I did some serious damage at that booth. I love the diamond hole cutter bit. I perforated a kiln shelf for my small demo kiln. Got some diamond core bits and a grinding pad for cleaning up wood fired pots. 

 

I would recommend the diapad or diamond core bits for removing stilt marks.

Marcia




#110176 Digging Up Yo' Own Clay...halp?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 July 2016 - 08:17 AM

I have a friend in Canada who digs a very high temp. clay.

Residual clays are those in veins , compacted over millennia,. Sedimentary is clay formed by erosion or flooding.

it take a lot of slaking screening, drying, testing and firing. A lot.

The Lewistown dump in central Montana has a pinkish clay that fires to stone ware temps. Frances Senska, the teacher of Rudy Audio and Peter Voulkos,shared that site.

I did research on local clays around Billings area. Pryor Mountain red clay is a good earthenware. Some yellowish clay on 24th st west was a good earthenware. Gyp Springs was an ancient ocean bed and had great raw color but that all disappeared in the firings.

It takes a lot of testing. The search through beautiful Western lands is more fun.

Marcia




#110138 'lava' Glaze: Silicon Carbide Vs Barium Sulfate

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 July 2016 - 05:41 AM

I used up my likes. Great lava glaze! I used SC for local reductions at ^10 way back when, but in much lower quantities.

. Interesting glaze.

Marcia