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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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#77776 Basic Firing Question

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 March 2015 - 07:58 AM


It has happened to many of us. Just "keep on potting". Back in 1971  wrote to Paul Soldner one late winter night while firing my gas kiln during a blizzard  in upstate  NY wondering why do we do this. He kindly wrote back, "Keep on potting!"



#77548 How Do You Assimilate Your Environment Into Your Aesthetics?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 March 2015 - 08:11 PM


I am not necessarily speaking of landscape when I mention environment. And I am not thinking grizzly bears from Montana either. But one thing the Montana environment did influence was the idea of space, freedom and breathing fresh clean air, big bright skies, fewer people, less cluttered mind. I found it inspiring. There are also 11 Indian reservations in Montana and I have been to ceremonies and into the home of a medicine man of the Pryor Crow  tribe. Also I think of the global community and the ability to share so much knowledge. Our ability to see what others are experimenting with, old, new, traditional..we have so much, even too much to try and make a personal voice. It is tough. Jim's work is well done and interestingly reflects iconic images of Canada or the north country.



#77498 Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 March 2015 - 06:55 AM

Well said, Tyler. I think you address many truths about our evolving global culture. We all struggle with many of the same issues.


#77136 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 March 2015 - 10:17 AM

Old Lady, 

I have had private conversations with you. Next time I am in your neighborhood, I am going to visit.

I think you contribute quite a bit to this forum and I thank you for it. I wish you had a different call name. Yours makes me feel disrespectful.



#77105 Re-Attaching Bisqued Pieces

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 10 March 2015 - 09:36 PM

Best to reattach with paper clay ###### and re bisque. It is made of toilet paper soaked overnight and mixed in a blender,add your clay dried and pulverized, vinegar, a dash of sodium silicate and a little Karl syrup. make it a thick consistency. before applying to the bisque , soak the surface with water so that the bisque won' t suck all the moisture too quickly out of the paste. Apply to both surfaces and stick together holding until it holds on by itself. re bisque.
then you can glaze. very important to re bisque before applying glaze.

#76729 How Are You Surviving This Winter Season?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 March 2015 - 10:11 AM

I like that delivery man. I had a pallet clay delivered and the driver unloaded the pallet with a forklift and left. I moved it all with a dollie but 200# at a time. I guess I'm a wuss (sp?). My husband , the theoretical astrophysicist says he went into theory to avoid mass. I am on my own.



#76726 Studio Musings

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 March 2015 - 10:01 AM

I love being in my studio. I like it even better when I re-organize it and get rid of the clutter. Sometimes I let that build up when I am really focused on something. The rest of the studio, kiln shed , etc. get neglected. I once had a student say that throwing was like downhill skiing. You can't stop concentrating or you wipe out. I think the focusing is the key. That develops into a soothing meditation. Almost compelling. Maybe not almost. 



#76571 Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 March 2015 - 08:33 AM

It could be because Ian passed away several years ago. He was a great teacher. I don't know of any forums dedicated to his grid system.



#76290 Nceca 2015 Providence, Ri?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 February 2015 - 09:58 AM

Cowboy boots are more Texan but not where I live. Here there are more chic Latinas. I would say the boots would be in Central Texas to Oklahoma. Women wore them in Montana but usually for ranching or working  and not as a fashion statement


Just come as you are. It is a Potters Conference and fairly casual although some may dress up for receptions and the Friday night dance.


#76277 What Causes Glaze/clay 'tide Mark'?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 February 2015 - 09:09 AM

I think it is where the soluble chemicals travel through the clay from the glaze.


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#76134 Favorite Online Resources For Pottery Images

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 25 February 2015 - 09:07 AM

I am on Facebook and there are several excellent sites there, Ceramics Contemporanea LCG is fabulous. International ceramics is another.



#75994 Weight/size Charts?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 February 2015 - 11:59 AM

I agree, Mark. Good functional ware needs to be sturdy. My thrown porcelain "dust collectors" are thin and not meant to be used for functions purposes. The 8 place setting dinner set I made last year was made from 175 pounds of clay for 32 piece set with some extra pieces..

a place setting was 2 plates, a bowl and a mug. I had a lot of trimming scraps  that I used for paper clay. 



#75818 Alternative Firing Workshop S.padre Is. Art Space 2/18/2015

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 February 2015 - 11:10 AM

Here are some pictures and results of the participants  from the workshop. Went to the Palms' .St Pier for late lunch since we fired the last pieces around 2. We fired the two kilns for a total of 11 firings for Obvara, horse hair and feathers, saggar and raku.


Coconut Shrimp was great. The Shrimp nachos looked good too.



I think the Palm Street Pier was having a wake in the bar. I whole line of oldsters shuffled by doing the "locomotion" and a live singer was singing Amazing Grace when we left. Wild place! At our friend, Pete's,funeral the Shriners played Amazing Grace on Kazoos. There wasn't a straight face in the house!

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#75704 Photography Backgrounds

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 February 2015 - 05:28 PM

​ use and ez cube with a baritone backdrop too.


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#75343 Glaze Spraying With A

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 February 2015 - 06:24 PM

I didn't like that one from Harbor Freight because I use an air brush sometimes and this is only one setting for the air pressure and no way to change to a different spray gun. I have a Geil gravity feed spray gun plus an EZ spray gun with 4 plastic jars.. So I replaced my compressor with a used Powerful from Sears which is whay I had been using for decades. I needed to replace the Powerful because it was noisy and overheating.

If I only used the HVLP from Harbor Freight for glazing it would have been fine. It all depends on what you need to do with it.