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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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#80015 Risks Of Putting Kiln In Garage

Posted by Marcia Selsor on Yesterday, 03:42 PM

I would make sure your insurance company knows it is there.



#79989 Cost Or Running A Kiln .

Posted by Marcia Selsor on Yesterday, 09:25 AM

That seems extremely high. Did you fire to ^10?  2300 F.

How large is the kiln?

What is the cost per KWH?

When I worked at a coop we always wrote down the starting and ending numbers on the electric meter.

Then multiple the price of a KWH to figure the cost of the firing.




#79911 When Do You Know To Start Regular Firing Of Your Kiln?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 April 2015 - 09:21 PM

Are we getting close to water smoking?

#79893 When Do You Know To Start Regular Firing Of Your Kiln?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 April 2015 - 06:09 PM

If you are talking about moisture as Chris asked, I have used a mirror or a jar by the cracked lid to see if there is still moisture coming out of the kiln.



#79774 Does Moving In Social Media Circles Support Your Clay Career?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 April 2015 - 08:16 AM

In 1994 I was in Uzbekistan on a Fulbright with a laptop. I used the offices at the Peace Corps for accessing wifi. In 1995 I joined Clay Art and enjoyed being part of a large clay community. It did decline in civility after some years. I did find the Internet bulletin boards and clay sites helpful for promoting my travel courses to Spain from 1996-1999. I 2010 I joined this group. I like the organization here and the more structured topics. People seem more readily focused on topics and there is little abusive behavior. Facebook is amazing. I love accessing clay groups, design groups, green groups. and the unfortunate political 


I am on Naked Clay, Raku, International Clay, Obvara Techniques. I learned Obvara on Facebook. I found it fascinating. So I guess I can say social media circles have supported or at least expanded my career in helping me grow and sharing my work with others who are interested.


#79741 Travertine Tile

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 April 2015 - 03:34 PM

I am not so sure. Travertine is limestone I believe. Depending on how hot you fire , they could break down. 



  1. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave.



Calcium carbonate is what we use in glazes as Whiting.



#79547 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 April 2015 - 09:55 AM

I liked Jane's expression I enjoyed teaching throwing and maybe went too far with helping the beginners recenter their blob. One thing I would have told that student is to slow down the wheel, use less water, both hands opposite each other on one side of the pot. I am sure this student had a demo.

Funny how things stay the same.



#79460 Confess. How Many Of You Colored Outside The Lines As A Child?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 April 2015 - 06:35 AM

my paper didn't have lines. 


#79442 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 April 2015 - 09:17 PM

I am facing a piece that should be whacked and turned into paperclay. I have been looking at it for a couple of months.It is time to recycle and start over.


#79276 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 April 2015 - 08:06 AM

I make many tools for particular jobs. I made:

a right angle jig


hump molds for bird baths or large serving platters

a horizontal support for painting decorations on birdbath stems

wooden texture tools made on a belt sander

jigs for support for trimming round pots

sprig molds

potter's wheel stool

cart for next to my wheel on casters

cart the same height as my slab roller,



#79274 Questions Re: Kiln Vent, Cones, Controller, And Cooling

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 April 2015 - 07:33 AM

check out freight discounts from the Potters Council. You can get them coming or going.


#78982 Pottery Add

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 10 April 2015 - 06:47 AM

I am going to sidestep the mess issue since I live in a big glass house .......
BUT ....
I have learned over the years that there are distinct areas of interest to potters ... clay, design, making, glazing, firing ... to name a few. The more you specialize in one area, the bigger it gets. You just don't have time to do all you want and as my buddy Tony Clennell likes to say. " You pick something up, you gotta put something down." So it does not surprise me that someone casts aside the area of learning to make glazes in order to focus on the area they enjoy.
No one is more surprised than me that I have spent 25 years ... Yikes! ... Learning about Mason stains and clay ... And have barely scratched the surface. I still have research on an article promised about how oxides can be used to ramp up the colors of stains. Not even started.
So yes, I buy my glazes and love that I am keeping a scientist employed.
And yes, I buy my clay and keep my suppliers in business.
Soon I might employ a camera guy to film a DVD .... It never ends.




Funny you should mention how the areas of interest are larger. I have chemicals for glaze and clay mixing, but my interests are alternative firing. I have 2 different sized raku kilns and 3 electric kiln from a test kiln, Medium and a large oval. I use them depending on shapes and size needed.I am thinking of making another raku kiln to hold foil saggar pieces. 

Experimenting is something I love to do.



#78906 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 09 April 2015 - 07:30 AM

I guess not caring what others think when you do odd things may be childlike. Picking up interesting pods, or closely looking at bark or shells or randomly wandering streets in foreign cities may be childlike behavior. After art school I use to spend my Saturday afternoons wandering through Old City at age 11. I love playing with my best friends at our yearly get-together and playing with babies is joyful. Still have that fascination of wandering through cities. Here I am playing Dr Who in London.



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#78459 Well Met At Nceca

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 April 2015 - 12:15 PM

It happens every NCECAI. It is the best recharge I can think of next to a residency.
See you in KC and talk to you sooner during our board meetings. Thanks again for helping pack up the show.

#78434 Well Met At Nceca

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 April 2015 - 07:16 AM

It was great to meet Tom and Pres. at NCeca. I am afraid I was the one who was surprised by Pres 's original entry. I thought he was Don, a former board member but who shaved his beard and head! It wasn't til he put the hat on that I knew who he was. Very nice to meet you both..