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Marcia Selsor

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#93929 Horse Hair Firing

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 08 October 2015 - 07:53 AM

I use horse hair and or feathers on burnished Terra sig bisqued to 09 or 08. I fire them up to 1100 in a raku kiln , remove and roll over the horse hair or feathers.

#93863 Does Anyone Have A Good Cv How To?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 07 October 2015 - 01:22 AM

Google Julie Galloway's field guide for ceramic artist... May not be the exact title , but she wrote it for student entering the field professionally.

#93565 Help With Oxide Colour

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 01 October 2015 - 06:20 AM

Cobalt is very strong. Be careful to get it only where you want it.


#93517 Ceramic Sculpture?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 September 2015 - 12:20 PM

Mary Susan Cate will be hosting a sculpting horses workshop. You can find her on Potters Network on Facebook or google her. She makes amazing ceramics sculpture.



#93472 New Book About A Porcelain Obsession

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 September 2015 - 06:14 AM

He is one of my clay heroes.


#93151 Artsy Babble Translation Please

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 September 2015 - 05:50 AM

Seriously, when an artist stands before an audience to explain their work, it really helps if they can do it for all to understand. I just watched a video of an artist's talk at a museum. It was brilliantly clear and illustrated with examples of the work. It was a mature artist and not full of art babble.

I appreciate these kind of representations directly from creative people. I recently juried a show and the museum curator said she always has some great pieces get rejected and can't understand why. She said she didn't see that in my jurying. At the opening I had to give a talk about the work. I think it went well. It was an all ceramic show.



#93105 Qotw: Have You Ever Taken A Video About Yourself, Showing How You Work?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2015 - 11:04 AM


Loved your video. I am like minded in that I salvage pieces that can be saved. I refire often, especially saggar and for saggar pieces. here is a video of me by my husband. Not nearly as good as yours.

It is on Vimeo. We're still learning. It is also linked on my website raku pagehttp://www.marciasel...o.com/raku.html.



#92979 Waterproof Power Strip Suggestions?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 September 2015 - 12:50 PM

Old Lady nails it!

Id' add a GFI outlet.


#92960 Porcelain On Other Clay

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 September 2015 - 05:44 AM

That is true but if you are not firing a kiln for a cup of ingredient, it will survive at 09 or 06.


#92915 Porcelain On Other Clay

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 September 2015 - 06:35 AM

we used Plainsmen clay in Montana. Some of it is actually mined on a ranch North of Billings. Very nice clay and porcelain.

Rich surface on your piece, Diesel.


you can calcine some kaolin or ball clay to add to the slip to adjust the the fit of the porcelain to the stoneware. 

just put the kaolin in a bowl and fire in your next bisque.

It doesn't have to go that hot, but it will work.


#92237 Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 08 September 2015 - 12:14 PM

I used them on every firing at the university for 25 years. I wanted to keep some after I retired. I went back to see if I could have some but they had been thrown out. The roof go the kiln room burnt the next month...just saying'...



I saw kilns blessed in Spain. 

Marty Geiger-Ho have written a book on Kiln Gods. She is quite an authority.



#92012 Recommendations On Outside Storage Of Glaze Chemicals In A Humid Environment

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 05 September 2015 - 03:38 PM

I have much of my clay outside on pallets. I wrapped the pile in plastic then covered with a tarp. I don't have soda ash out there.

It is mostly feldspars, and clays.

I am in very humid and hot South Texas. 

I agree with Mark about storing some things in the large plastic containers. ..especially plaster.

I boarded up the sides of the pallet to avoid opossum nests.




#91944 Qotw: Do You Strictly Observe The Safety Rules In Studio?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 03 September 2015 - 06:24 PM

I use gloves and respirator when using my chemical for foil saggars. And a mask for mixing glazes. I sweep up scraps off the floor regularly. Vacuum less often and mop when needed. I don't sand pieces, I use a sponge or rib when damp.

I and more concerned with safety goggles for looking into kilns when doing my alternative firing methods. I have great heat proof gloves and fireman's apron and chapps of raku and obvara.. 

My kilns are in a well vented shed but I avoid breathing fumes by having the pyrometer by the door.


#91911 Should We Buy This Wheel For Our School?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 03 September 2015 - 06:15 AM

I think a kick wheel might be too big for elementary students. The bench is not adjustable and the kids may not be able to reach the fly wheel. An Arista wheel might be better for small children. 




Check Bennett's Pottery supply.Or each on Ebay or craigslist.




#91859 Qotw: What Do You Think Of Art Critique?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 September 2015 - 07:18 AM

My critiques at MSU-B were long, not brutal but constructive objectivity. Does a teapot pour? Sculptures convey the thought?

technical issues considered as well as aesthetics. I don't see why this would not benefit someone's learning curve. That is the intent of critiques.