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Marcia Selsor

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#114910 Perfect Fit For A Lid.

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 19 October 2016 - 04:31 PM

If there is any grog in there, you could get a rough surface doing that. I think it is easier to just put them together when they are leather hard and rub them a little to remove any subtle warping.If anything gets roughed up, it should be damp enough to rub smooth.



#114909 Rim Lock

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 19 October 2016 - 04:29 PM


That is a new one on me. Good idea. I'm with Neil as far as adding the alumina to liquid wax on lids...I use it on feet as well for porcelain. Keeps the foot from grading the shelf and the lid from fluxing together. 



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#114707 Quickest Way Of Making An Enclosed Form?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 October 2016 - 04:05 PM

Wrap slabs around balloons.remove the air when the clay is setting up.



#114603 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 October 2016 - 12:56 PM

My first post misunderstood the in action part. here is a Birdbath of ^01 terra cotta soda- fired at the bray during my residency there in 2002.

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#114465 Pottery Books Listed On Potter's Attic On Facebook

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 09 October 2016 - 06:09 AM

I have posted an updated list of some of the books I am selling from my teaching library collection on Facebook at Potter's Attic and Potters Network and Clay Buddies. There will be more to come.

There are abut 30 books listed. I am moving to a smaller home ( but slightly larger studio). I moved 1/2 ton of books when I moved to Texas 10 years ago. 

I have not started listed books in Spanish. Not sure what to do with them.




#114360 Qotw: Are You Ransacking Trash Bins?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 05 October 2016 - 05:37 PM

it embarrasses my husband. He says," My wife, the Dumpster Diver" I collect copper wire from old appliances, lamps, stoves, etc. 

I have gotten formica table tops,  shelving cabinets from a closing department store, and just cool shapes. I pick up end rolls from newspapers.

Recycling is a good idea.


#114103 Explosion In The Kiln And Firing In Winter

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 01 October 2016 - 08:44 AM

turn off the power and try digging it out with a needle tool. maybe you can lift the element a little, but don't force. Try tweezers. 


I have fired in very cold weather. My kilns were outside, protected on 3 sides and had a roof. This was in Montana. The ambient (outdoor air) even in Montana

won't bother the kiln unless there is moisture condensed somewhere or in the pots. I have often fired at temperatures below freezing.

But best to go slow. You may want to soak at 200F if the clay could possibly be frozen before starting.



#113988 Equipment/tool Shaming/bullying

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 September 2016 - 08:24 AM

In the last few years I have became attached to small curved ribs 2" or so. I wouldn't have appreciated so much if I weren't experienced enough to know I need them. I use it when bringing in the shoulders on porcelain orbs. So I think the more experience one has, the more aware you can be to develop those tools you need to do the job.



#113924 Qotw: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 September 2016 - 07:46 AM

I use a mirror that sits next to my window. Close fit . I like looking at my larger orbs as I go. The mirror works well for that. 

I had a visitor ask laughingly, "why do you have a mirror there?" as if it was a vanity thing. I explained that it spares me from standing back and looking at the form.

Evelyne, thank you again for organizing the symposium. Although you had some days away for your family's loss of your Mother-in-law, you were a very big part of it all.



#113750 The Only Absolutely True Rule For Potters. Pay Attention To This

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 25 September 2016 - 06:32 AM

I try to have 2 of everything, like Diesel, and sometimes it works. Luckily I am a creature of habit and will put things in a spot and there will end up being two there.


#113691 Equipment/tool Shaming/bullying

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2016 - 08:49 PM

WOW! I am just about to start my online class and hadn't thought much about critiques online. Thanks , John.

As far as automation ..whatever that is...motorized wheels,? electric kilns, gas kilns with safety equipment?

I had a fantastic working experience with 10 other international artists a few weeks ago in Barcelona.. There were no spiffy tools during the demos. but I learned some great things.Alberto Bustos got a texture that I thought "discovered" 2 years ago when I sliced opened an air pocket in a coil. He rolled out strips, used sugar, stains and kaolin then pressed the strip to break open for the same texture. It was a real ah ha moment for me and there were several more. Milk firing. beating out a form with a mallet and slicing away. What a fortunate opportunity i shared with these folks. 

Automation? Motorized wheel, treadle wheel, wheel, <-developments in technology.

I cringe when I see textured rubber slabs for sale. can't people find something on their own? Something unique.

This is a good thread. I think each of us approaches our work from the point of our professional experience to date. I use a griffin grip because it is easier than centering a coffee can half filled with water with a leveled coil on top. Did that for years.

I love computerized kilns. Saves a lot of time and energy and programmable cycles are a blessing to avoid problems.

We are in a digital age. We have access to electricity and we go way beyond that. Who is to say what and where is the puritan border.

I like to think of myself as a puritan when it comes to clay, but I do take advantage of modern tools. I don't condemn and I encourage exploration of finding a tool for your voice in clay. we will all develop as we mature within our experience in the medium. We share this medium of clay and our passion. That is why I enjoy being with this group. Like Darrell's amazing piece he shared not too long ago. I was blown away by it and told him so. He was very humble to say

he appreciated my positive response. He deserved it. Great piece.

This is a good forum. There is no board. No one is in charge. If you look at the moderators presence only a few are active and zero from the "firm". Check the dates when they were last active. We are free to run amuck. But we don't. we are civil and respect one another. That is what I like about this place. There is a tremendously diverse group from all over and from all levels...but we share our passion and addiction to clay. 

So don't think there are bullies or people condemning anything. Some people may have their opinions but they' re their opinions and we are all entitled to those.So be thankful we can share so much together. There are much worse places in the world. 

So I am glad we are all here sharing and discussing.


#113678 Do You Like....?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2016 - 04:13 PM

I admire many types of ware, but like Neil, I personally like to use things than fit my hands, are the right size for my servings, etc. My friend made a left handed teapot for me and it is a pleasure to use...better than any I have made for my own use. I Like light well-balanced mugs that hold about 8 oz. for my morning cappuccino with lots of foam. I like soup bowls with handles. 8" pasta bowls. etc.

Funny how our personal tastes don't necessarily reflect what we make.



#113644 New Teacher ..help!

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2016 - 06:32 AM

I think you may need closer to 75 pounds/ student or more for an 8 week class. You may have to stick with hand building unless you let 3 kids try the wheel while the others handbuild. That gets tricky.

I taught at the college level but one of the more interesting projects was a sculpture 

of a personal experience that they found memorable. Got some really interesting ones.

Save it for later in the course.




#113641 Barrel Fired Ware Question

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2016 - 06:19 AM

Silicon liquid as used for dry flies in fly fishing.

Annie's Mud shop in Cincinnati use to sell it.



#113190 Qotw:how Do They Put Up With You?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 September 2016 - 03:47 AM

My husband says he puts up with me because he knows if I didn't do it , it would kill me.
He jokes about everything being a potential art supply and asks before he throws out anything that may be useful in my eyes.
He says the good outweighs the bad...and I make him espresso mugs.