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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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#70717 To Sell Or Not To Sell? That Is The Question

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 25 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

Is there a farmers market in your area where you could set up a simple table. Sales might be small but steady and not as much work as a fair.


#70391 Pottery Supply Websites

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 21 November 2014 - 10:20 AM

I use the closest supplier usually unless I need something like Wax-on and wax-off from Philadelphia's ceramic Store.
I replaced a part on my slab roller from Bailey's.
I use Clayworld in San Antonio (240 miles away) or Armadillo in Austin (320 miles away).

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#70281 It Is Potters Council Advisory Board Election Nominations Time Again.

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 November 2014 - 08:46 AM

Good question. The board members serve of committees. That list on John's announcement is being updated. It was old.
We meet for conference calls to discuss old and new business, approve activities and reports such as Carolyn's conferences'
activities, future plans, etc. Depending on the committee there would be brain storming for benefits, outreach to the membership and clay communities, sponsorship of established regional conferences like the Alabama Clay Conference.
Once a year we meet in person at NCECA for a general board meeting. We also volunteer to man the booth and members show at the NCECA conference.

#70266 Overcoming Insecurity

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 19 November 2014 - 11:41 PM

@Benzine: Thank you...I paint with underglaze, yes. Straight onto greenware then pop 'er in the kiln. ^_^
@Marcia: ...I'm not sure what you mean...I use white slip over terracotta because the terracotta is too dark to photograph with my camera to see the image. :(
"Shows potential..."
...euphemism for "yeah, you have a lot of work to do before I can call you acceptable."
I'm gonna go sit in a corner now and nurse the sting in my cheek. If I only "show potential" after seven years of work that literally have broken my back...I better find something else.
@Pugaboo: I hate Hobby Lobby... but yes, I have an Etsy store. It's just off at the moment because I am too poor to pay the bill. Had a vet bill come up and my butthole ex ditching me in financial ruin. My clay and my underglaze are all I have. No car. My phone is my internet, which suuuuucks...I just gotta get outta here. There is nothing for me here. I really would like to get a website going, but I'm a bit dumb when it comes to web design. :D Thank you for your kind words to me. I work so hard. My hands ache from decorating for nine hours yesterday, no break. More of the same today. I have tried and tried for years to make my work look even ACCEPTABLE, and it hurts to be told by someone that a piece I feel very proud of only "shows potential." It just kind of makes me feel like I will never, EVER succeed in making beautiful things. I'm actually tearing up... my pottery might be crap, but I'm trying... :'(

You asked for criticism.Get over your insecurity and don't over react to something you misinterpret. What I was comparing was the strong contrast of your drawing compared to a green ware mug. Your drawing skills are fine. I think the stronger contrast in clay compared to what you do on paper is not a put down , but an attempt to help improve the impact of the clay drawing.I also draw or as you said "illustrate" my work. I find working in porcelain or drawing with a luster line accentuates the image. Rudy Autio used a white slip before starting to paint on his large vessels. If you are working in low fire range, try low fire white clay or work Majolica on the red clay. Look at traditional majolica decoration in Spain and Italy or even Delft tiles. You need a brighter base for your drawings to sing.This is a technical suggestion to help you.Not a put down.Cover the entire piece with white clay if that is what you have to use.


#70180 Overcoming Insecurity

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 November 2014 - 09:35 PM

I think your work shows potential but could really pop with stronger contrast like white clay against the color.
As for insecurity, I think many artistic people have to deal with self doubts due to the American attitude towards the arts. At least you are in an artists community even though is it poor.
Socialize and discuss ideas with other artistic people. Great therapy for your insecurity.

#70132 Cornerstone Course Brainstorming - Higher Ed

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 November 2014 - 03:59 AM

I had several students in a beginning class decide to make Udos. They got to jamming before the critique. sounded great. there also was a group from the music dept at UT Brownsville that gave a performance at the Historic Brownsville museum using Udos
. it was and some other instruments. very good concert.
I showed a video or you tube of Frank Giorgini's Udos

#69994 Pride ... Is It Really A Sin?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 November 2014 - 08:53 AM

I think you should be proud of your creations or they should meet the hammer. If you sign your work, keep high standards. I don't think that is a sin. I think it is integrity.


#69893 What Gets You In The Studio Faster?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 November 2014 - 08:17 AM


Mea's handle are very nice and balanced with the mug. My teacher, Paula Winokur, had a project to learn handles. Throw your tallest cylinder and apply and pull as many handles off of it that you can fit onto it. That gets the forming down. Then, and this exercise is mine: throw some mugs. Line them up along the edge of a table. Pull some long even handle shapes, cut them up into about 2-3" lengths, attach them to the mugs and pull the finished handle. That should help you figure out the size you need for the mugs and you can still have a beefy shape if you like.

Pulling from the pot gives the handle a nice taper. 


#69891 Walker Pugmill

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 November 2014 - 08:00 AM

I had a pretty good system for making clay in the walker. Three hand full of recycled slop and 2 handfuls of powder mix or vice versa. It has been 30+ years since I used one. But if you gat the rhythm down , it will mix quickly.


#69663 Med Mar Lustre Info?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 10 November 2014 - 11:51 AM

Lusters like Med mar should go on a glazed surface as far as I know.

usually 018-019.


#69347 Exhibition Going Up, Pots, Plaques And Social Commentary

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 05 November 2014 - 07:54 AM

We have it mostly hung and set up. Still have some adjustments to make. Opening is Friday. May have the newspaper over on Thursday. Will post a few more later. The Art museum loaned me some pedestals and I brought some of my studio carts as well. The pots are arranged on pedestals and in the windows. 31 hung pieces, about 60+ pots.



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#68968 Overlapping Glaze Movement, Eek!

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 October 2014 - 08:51 PM

serious crawling. Did you wash the pots before glazing?


#68880 The Versatile Studio

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 October 2014 - 09:52 PM

I am prepping for my show. Now painting in the studio. 18 panels for a piece on Immigration with image transfers of Archival photos of immigrants. Glued hangers on the backs yesterday. Grouted large pieces yesterday and sanded edges today. Love the versatility of the studio. Grouted 7 pieces including the four tile piece of the Border fence that runs through my town. Plus some more raku images of the wildlife around here.The Horses are 24" x 25". The Border Fence is 35 x 36"

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#68862 New Technologies

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 October 2014 - 11:10 AM

That anagama is a real hybrid. Have a good firing Halloween night. Should be a little spooky telling stories around the kiln glow.


#68850 Firing Local Indigenous Clay

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 October 2014 - 07:25 AM

all local clays are different. If it is mostly kaolin, you should test it for high temperatures. If it is mostly sediment, you should test for low temperature ranges.