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Marcia Selsor

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#66846 What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 September 2014 - 08:53 AM

The Potters Book by Bernard Leach excellent in depth look at the whole process
A Potters Workbook by Clary Illian excellent designing
Functional Pottery by Robin Hopper excellent design discussion

For glazes both of these are good for understanding the chemistry of glazes.
Mastering Cone 6 Glazes Ron Roy and John Hesselbeth
Cone 6 Glazes by Michael Bailey

#66561 History In The Making Viii, Genesee , Ny

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 September 2014 - 12:09 PM

My piece was accepted in this show in NY. If you are in the area, stop in to see the show. Sounds interesting.

History in the Making VIII
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm until Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Objects at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery.

The History in the Making exhibit showcases ceramic work from youthful, energetic, promising artists to veteran traditionalists. All see potential in the connection between historic and contemporary ideas. They believe form, color, and surface can be simultaneously fresh and time-honored, leading to an exciting body of work as a whole.

Juried by Fred Herbst, professor of art at Corning Community College. This show attracts ceramicists from all across the country.

RSVP on Facebook.

Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery

Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery,
Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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#66520 Banding Wheels

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2014 - 02:49 PM

I have a SHimpo and a Bailey banding wheels. I'd say they are equal. I don't know the darice. But my experience with lighter weight wheels just is not what I need to do with a banding wheel. Both bailey and SHimpo are smooth , heavy and keep turning.

#66478 Some Recent Obvara

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 September 2014 - 09:37 AM

These are some from yesterdayObvara3group914 copy.jpg

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#66430 How Many "hand Builders" Here?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

I hand build larger pieces but I have been throwing more lately.


#66176 Repair Bisque Piece?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 September 2014 - 08:12 AM

mix some paper clay patch with you clay body. Before applying it to the 2 pieces wet the surfaces well with water. Thenquickly use the paper clay goo and stick them together. The bisque sucks the moisture out of the goo quickly. Re-bisque before glazing.

#66040 Co-Op

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 September 2014 - 08:39 PM

Personally I think meetings are good to check in with what is going on. Otherwise, you may never see the other people.
Compared to the coop I was in , it looks pretty good.

#65737 Traditional Pottery From Agost, Spain Youtube

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 07 September 2014 - 08:18 AM

This is a video of production techniques from Agost/Alicante, Spain.
I spents several summers there and an entire year on a Fulbright. I published a book on the different forms they made there. There were 21 potteries there when I first visited. Now there are about 4 or 5.
Centro Agost was started by Ilse Schutz who purchased La Nava's 1820 factory and set it up as a studio study center.
Here is La Navas video 17+ minutes

They produce botijos..water jugs. They say adding salt to the clay makes the clay white and the water taste better.I have a photo of this potter from 1985.This the the modern las Navas with a four story wood fired kiln with a freight elevator to get the pots to the upper levels.


#65597 I'll Be A Bit Absent For A Week Or So.........

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 September 2014 - 08:35 AM

There are also Encaustic tiles on the floor of St. Patrick's. I also visited the site where James Joyce wrote Ulysses.
Plus Tara. I was an Astro-physics conference and Stephen Hawkins was also there and at the Guinness brewery/pub.Beer is piped directly to the pub from the brewery.it is a great city to explore. Have a great time. See as many ICA shows as possible and give a great presentation.


#65589 I'll Be A Bit Absent For A Week Or So.........

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 September 2014 - 06:20 AM

Have a Guinness for me.
Also I have some friends in a show Next Generation, Irish amongst them.

#65377 Alumina Mechanism

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 August 2014 - 11:19 AM

Another short answer:the ratio between the Alumina and the silica determine the texture of the glaze.
The ratio between the fluxes and the silica determine the melting point. --very brief description


#65364 Trouble With Dried Out Glaze

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 August 2014 - 10:40 PM

Take the stubborn particles and run them in a blender for a while and then try to sieve. You should be able to break it down again.

#65352 What Causes Smoke Patterns In A Foil Saggar?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 August 2014 - 03:37 PM

Foil sag gars that I do are not fired in a smoky trash can. They are fired with the colorants, chemicals, combustibles inside the foil sealed around the pot. II fire them in a raku kiln.
Russel Fouts uses masking tape resist in his foil sag gars with combustibles sealed in foil. Wax burns off way too early to leave a result of resisting smoke.here is his article on smoke firing in an electric kiln.


#65255 Kudos To Marcia For Her Article In Sept/oct 14, Pottery Making

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 August 2014 - 07:22 PM

Thanks, Pres!
PC sent out a clip to members of the Obvara firing process from the new dvd about expanding the potential of a raku kiln.It is a good real time demo of the content of the article. The web link to others doing obvara are missing.
here they are:

Do I really sound like that?

Thanks again for the pat on the back.


#65241 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 August 2014 - 04:41 PM

Wow,Ayjay. I thought I should straighten mine up before taking any pics!
You know what they say about messy desks and creative minds!
OK. I put old photos up of my studio 4 years ago. It does not look as pristine today.