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Marcia Selsor

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#89952 Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on Today, 07:12 AM

OK, so what I am hearing is no need to Bisque first.  I will give it a try.  Thanks guys.

Don't bisque. Spooze is a repair recipe for raw clay cracks.
You goop it on, let dry, then sand, then bisque.
T.

I have used it on bisque and it works. Best to do it first on raw clay. One of my pieces , a column I made while a resident at the Clay Studio in Phila., blew out the bottom. I didn't fire it on coils.and it barely fit in the kiln. I repaired it with spooze and refried it. Great rescue using snooze.The one on the right was repaired.42" ht. The capital is separate.

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#89898 Teenager In Adult Beginner Wheel Class.

Posted by Marcia Selsor on Yesterday, 11:50 AM

If the young adult signed up, let him or her in. They may need some creativity time.If he/she isn't interested , they'll disappear.
Marcia


#89837 Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 July 2015 - 01:18 PM

something designed and executed by hand with great skill and forethought.Marcia

Basic Handmade: something executed by hand

(Fine) Art Handmade: something designed and executed by hand with great skill and forethought

I really don't want to leave out those beginners whose trials and happy accidents are just enough inspiration to keep them going, so I think they belong with those more skilled, as long as the hands are involved.

3-D printers/Full Automation: Once there is the capacity to make Exact multiples, it becomes more like Limited Edition Collectibles, not even printmakings' rules can apply, or even sculptures', whose screens/colors and original molds will change over the course of the run. I suppose 3-D work could be Limited and include programmed changes, but editions made without the artists' supervision would have to be classed the same as bronzes made from Degas' molds posthumously - worth considerably less.

If I were Queen.

I bought a great sculpture from two brothers/potters in Uzbekistan. It is a stag of some sort and I loved it. They were really shocked. I bought a plate from them so I didn't offend them.
It turned out their little sister created this piece. I will add a picture tomorrow. I drove to San Antonio and back in 10 hours today to pick up clay and art work from a show. I am exhausted.

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#89813 Throwing Thickness

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 July 2015 - 07:36 AM

Syracuse china's restaurant line was thick and heavy for abuse. Their fine china was thin and delicate. That is a commercial example.

I think throwing this is fine and a more efficient use of clay. Too bad she doesn't know more about hand made pottery. I have some large cantaros in the 5 gallon range, hand thrown on turntable wheels. They are for gathering water. If they were thick and heavy, you couldn't haul much water in them.

Marcia


#89796 Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 July 2015 - 08:00 PM

something designed and executed by hand with great skill and forethought.Marcia

Basic Handmade: something executed by hand

(Fine) Art Handmade: something designed and executed by hand with great skill and forethought

I really don't want to leave out those beginners whose trials and happy accidents are just enough inspiration to keep them going, so I think they belong with those more skilled, as long as the hands are involved.

3-D printers/Full Automation: Once there is the capacity to make Exact multiples, it becomes more like Limited Edition Collectibles, not even printmakings' rules can apply, or even sculptures', whose screens/colors and original molds will change over the course of the run. I suppose 3-D work could be Limited and include programmed changes, but editions made without the artists' supervision would have to be classed the same as bronzes made from Degas' molds posthumously - worth considerably less.

If I were Queen.

I bought a great sculpture from two brothers/potters in Uzbekistan. It is a stag of some sort and I loved it. They were really shocked. I bought a plate from them so I didn't offend them.
It turned out their little sister created this piece. I will add a picture tomorrow. I drove to San Antonio and back in 10 hours today to pick up clay and art work from a show. I am exhausted.


#89729 Do You Store Your Glazes Dry Or Wet?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 July 2015 - 08:31 PM

I do both, I have some wet mid range glazes that are very old. 10 years+ . Moved from Montana.One in particular was a mistake batch that came out very nice. I have not worked with that range for a couple of years but it is still here and ready. Mixes well.
I don't mix my raku glazes until the day I apply them. I have some mixed dry.
So my answer is both.

Marcia


#89675 What To Do To Stimulate Creativity?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 July 2015 - 07:00 AM

Like Pres says, teachers are suppose to teach it. That's tough. BUT I heard an NPR interview with the head of a big corporation like RCA or something. It said they encourage people with art backgrounds because artists make something from nothing. They supported teaching art in schools. I think solitude helps to focus your thoughts.

Journals, some books, sketchpads may help records thoughts when a creative idea happens.
here are a few recommended books:
Art and Fear
The view from the Studio door
The Artist's Way

Marcia


#89544 What $70 Got Me.worth It, Or Not?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 25 July 2015 - 06:28 AM

Great deal! The cones alone are worth it! Nice round shelves, and posts. Lucky you!
Marcia


#89496 Freestanding Retail/studio Location

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 July 2015 - 06:15 AM

Great story and impressive success. Congratulations as a saavy business woman!Thanks for sharing.

Marcia


#89285 Qotw: Would You Open Pandora's Box?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 July 2015 - 07:35 AM

I think I am more with Mark Twain than Pandora.!
Nice quote Vinks!

Marcia


#89181 Stretching Your Limits

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 July 2015 - 06:11 AM

when I am ready for a new phase, I clean out all the older work in the studio (finish the pieces and away they go). I know I am pushing it because I failed at two new pieces this week. It's ok. Always more to come.
Then I start experimenting with ranges of terra sig, or new glazes while the fresh ideas start accumulating.
Clay takes time; time to dry, time to bisque, then finishing firing.
Fortunately I am excited about what I am doing at the moment. The heat is holding up my firings. Up at 5 to fire early today.
Having my morning coffee and geek first.
Marcia


#89057 Gustavo Pérez

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 July 2015 - 09:13 AM

TJR,'I totally agree. I called him a master in my earlier post. His work is truly up there, reflects all his contemplation of form and line, powerful statements of simplicity. I prefer to call someone a master in true appreciation of their accomplishments rather than be told by someone that they are a master.

Marcia


#88973 Qotw: Would You Show Us A Picture Of Your Working Space?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 July 2015 - 03:24 PM

Evelyne,
It was too hot to work outside. I just left the little Arista where it stays and made my earthenware pots for my workshop segment on low fire soda firing..
I got a pedal for this wheel a few years ago, but I didn't mind the manual speed control.
I got a few pieces made for that demo anyway.
Also need pots for other demos too.Now back to raku slabs!horses and birds plus some crackle pots which I love to make.
Paul,
the Arista is a very handy tool. I am glad I didn't have to switch my main wheel from porcelain to earthenware for just a few pots. I have mine on a wheeled cart. So it can go outside when it is cooler..like in the winter!


Marcia

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#88901 Qotw: Are We Copycats?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 July 2015 - 10:54 AM

Is it round?

That is a challenging question. Picasso says real artists steal and I think then they reinvent.

But is there nothing new? 

3D printing

Extreme reuse of Pop culture images

I just try to focus on what potential mysteries clay can give me.

But how redundant are horses?or birds?or crackle pots.

 

Marcia




#88838 Terra Sig Burnishing

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 July 2015 - 12:13 PM

http://ceramicartsda...d-feather-raku/

 

from my dvd on Ceramic Arts Daily

 

Marcia