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Marcia Selsor

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#91277 Very Fine Sheets

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 August 2015 - 03:14 PM

roll them with a rolling pin and two guide sticks that are your desire thickness. Do this on paper or fabric on sheet rock.Keep the edge of the sheet rock from shedding plaster by putting wide tape over the edge. After you cut it to the right shape, drop it on the floor or table just to jar it to set. Put under wraps to dry slow. You could put another piece of sheet rock on top to keep it flat. (tricks from Elizabeth Priddy) I do this for my small tiles and they stay flat.



#91237 Cone Numbers- No Cone 0

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 August 2015 - 05:47 PM

I have never really worried about cone 0, but the numbering system is more worrisome. Thanks Colby for that explanation. Now I can sleep better except for the arbitrary system for US women's clothing.


#91041 Qotw: Is Your Artistic Practice A Product Of Genetics Or The Environment?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 August 2015 - 05:39 PM

I can't say my genetics led to being a potter, but my family heritage includes farmers and inventors.
I think that may be why I like to tinker and make tools for specific jobs.I guess the closest I have is my Irish great great grandfather made plaster decorative pieces on the ceilings of Victorian houses. And I am somehow related to the Arts and crafts printer, William Seltzer Rice. Abraham Seltzer was in the Textile Industry in Germantown and Jonathan Seltzer was at Enterprise manufacturing in Kensington Philadelphia, and George Selsor patented numerous pieces for his company, Germantown Tool works in Germantown, Philadelphia.His Coffee grinder was in the Industry Building in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Phila.  I have been doing a lot of genealogy in my retirement.  :rolleyes:


#90821 Hello From Oklahoma

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 August 2015 - 08:13 AM

Welcome to the forum. I am in very southmost Texas. I feel isolated from other potters too. I am excited to have I have a friend driving down from Austin (340 miles away) today to spend a few days firing with me. This is a good community to join for sharing. I hope it can fulfill that need to some pottery community. We are on all levels here and people are genuinely good natured and willing to help with problems or enjoy your accomplishments and cheer you on.
So welcome again.


#90793 Qotw: Which Song Plays There In The Background?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 August 2015 - 01:00 PM

I just bought a cd from a street musician playing Concierto de Aranjuez. One of my favorites!
I love Segovia, Paco de Luca, and others. Saw Miles Davis at the San Sebastian Jazz Fest and really love his Sketches of Spain.

#90680 Large Flat Pieces Cracking During Glaze Firing

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 August 2015 - 08:33 PM


here are the coils under the tiles. They are also under the pot. I use them over repeatedly.
The larger slab is on at least 2 coils.
Attached File  firingslabson coils.jpg   46.5KB   2 downloadsI mentioned earlier of firing slabs on 1/4" coils. Here is a photo of a bisque in my medium size kiln. Just firing some pieces to a higher bisque than my terra sig pieces. There are 15 tiles and 2 levels in this small kiln. The tiles and larger slab are fired upright leaning against a pot and two more tiles are against a post. The photo is after the kiln cooled.
Slabs are nice and flat. no cracks.I fire my larger slabs upright but usually against a column of shelves or bricks in my larger oval kiln.

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#90410 Pots in Movies

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 07 August 2015 - 01:21 PM

No, you aren't alone.


#90404 Raku Results Home Made Kiln

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 07 August 2015 - 11:25 AM

there are a bunch of cool youtube there!
Great site and nice firing.

#90357 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 06 August 2015 - 12:23 PM

As an educator, I never like to hear stories of students receiving poor instruction, or just having a poor educational experience in general.
Sadly, I know they are a reality.  I've had a couple myself.  Those inspire me to make sure I never teach in such a way.

I don't like to hear that either. There are a lot of good teachers out there too I hope.
It really is an injustice when someone is put in front of a class with out the knowledge to teach it.
It happens often in colleges.I was spending 30 hours/week prep time to teach Latin American Art History when I taught at UTB. It was eating me up for the first half of the semester. . Then I started assigning research topics/presentation in groups and we learned together.The students enjoyed it. But I was not an Art Historian of Latin American Art. I may me now.
I still taught ceramics classes too.

#90272 How Often Do You Gear Up For A New Direction Or Experimentation In Your Work?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 05 August 2015 - 07:07 AM

My, my...we have a very diverse group of creative activities.
Clay is such a great material to stimulate creativity.


#90205 Zen Raku Kiln

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 August 2015 - 09:22 AM

It looks like the first course is solid 2.5 brick w x 2.5 bricks deep. Then one course of a wall with a 1/2 brick burner port . Next a complete wall that goes over the burner port and supports the kiln. I would use something more between the first course and the concrete. maybe some short cinderblocks. Dampness from the ground isn't good.

Don't put the burner into the burner port. Keep it no more than flush with the outside edge of the brick maybe even further away. Judge it by the flame.


#90075 Could Use Some Throwing Help

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 August 2015 - 08:50 PM

You can throw thinner if you use less water. Work with a sponge so you don't saturate the clay.
Try not to overwork the clay. Give yourself 3 pulls for a mug, max!


#89952 Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 01 August 2015 - 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.

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 31 July 2015 - 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.

#89888 Wax Resist

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 31 July 2015 - 07:35 AM

I had a friend give me some of that for resist carving. Where do you get it? What is the name of it?

I think it will work and leave no residue. Best to test it.
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