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Marcia Selsor

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#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.


#113143 Glaze Recipes Cone 6

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 September 2016 - 03:17 PM

You have mostly colorants except for the borax, bone ash, and custer feldspar. If you are doing ^6 oxidation , you may need more fluxes like Dolomite, Nepheline Syenite, Gertsley Borate or a substitute, and the basic clays like Kaolin,Silica,ball Clay.

The best books for mod-range glaze recipes and understanding how things work are:

Mastering ^6 Glazes by John Hesselberth and Ron Roy

^6 Glazes by Michael Bailey

Mid Range Glazes by Jphn Britt



#113100 Covered Pots -Two Oceans Apart

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 September 2016 - 05:26 AM

At one of my first fairs in Peoria , Ill. I was near Don Pilcher. He was making huge covered jars at the time. An old man asked him what are they used for? His answer was "marinating fish heads". 

I guess dealing with the public can make a good story teller!



#112995 Qotw: What Form Do You Most Enjoy Creating, Whether Thrown Or Handbuilt, And...

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 September 2016 - 06:45 AM

ORBS!!! and slabs


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#112993 Raku Gloves: Pbi Vs Kevlar Vs Kevlar/pbi Blend

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 September 2016 - 06:34 AM

zetex plus 

I use these because I need to pull large slabs out of the kiln without tongs. 

They are anywhere from $90/pr to 150. 

You can search for good prices. They have a 30 seconds before heat penetration.

When working with tongs, kevlar gloves are fine  or Radnor blue welding gloves last longer.










#112991 Alternative Firing Online Workshop

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 September 2016 - 06:15 AM

My i-course is now open for registration. This is a new venue for my , but I think it will be a good one. With both Antoinette's and Koos's experience in planning, organizing the interaction and video taping this should be a great learning experience. It runs 6 weeks. We'll cover building a raku kiln, obvara, saggar, foil saggar and raku. There is a video at the end of the scheduled program.



Alternative firing e-course by Marcia Selsor Sep 26 - Nov 3, 2016


I am excited about this, especially after my own very enriching learning experience in Barcelona at El Torn with 10 international artists in our symposium.


#112271 Gas Kiln Not Exceding 1500F

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 August 2016 - 03:28 PM

What type of oriface is one the burners? What size propane tank?


#111903 Terra Sig

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 August 2016 - 11:01 AM

Here is a fast and simple way to make terra sig. You don't need much clay 250 grams is plenty.



#111902 Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 August 2016 - 10:57 AM

I can't find the newspaper clipping of the front page of the Billings Gazette with a young fireman smiling spraying a hose through the fence of the back yard of the Art Annex. But here goes the story:


My summer class was doing a dung firing and my assistant gathered some cow pies. For those of you not familiar with the process, cow pies should be dried, hard and frisbee quality for a dung firing. Unfortunately, the assistant collected damp cow pies. We had a pit, started building the coal bed, loaded the pots and covered with cow pies. Very shortly afterwards, smoke was getting thick on the main road going up to the airport. Soon, the fire trucks were there. 

My friend who is the photographer for the gazette caught a picture of the fireman dowsing our pit firing through the fence. headlines read "Where There's Smoke There's..? " I got a trip to the dean's office. I then did the firings out at my home in Huntley or on student's ranches.

I always call ahead.


#111885 Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 August 2016 - 07:10 AM


As Mark C. says the school of Hard Knocks is the best teacher. I taught for 29 years in various schools mostly in Montana for 25. I have seen some big mistakes by students, but we all learn somehow. Experience is the best teacher, I think.


When I was in grad school, one young woman wanted to cast her foot. She and her boyfriend mixed a bucket of plaster and she put her foot into it and let it set up. Her boyfriend spent several hours chiseling away to free her foot. 


As Mark C. and Patti warashina both say, Clay is a humbling material.