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Marcia Selsor

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#100567 Barry Brickell

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 January 2016 - 06:24 PM

My friend, Terry Davies has passed this to me. barry Brickell has passed away. He was a rural self-sufficient potter in new Zealand and was once visited by Bernard Leach.
This movie is very dated , especially the sound track. Barry built a small railroad to help tourists reach his studio. He also transported locally dug clay to his studio. Pretty amazing.


#100419 The White Road By Edmund De Waal

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 January 2016 - 02:40 PM

Has anyone read De Waal's latest book, the White Road? It promises to be a good read. Here is the book review:



#100152 Qotw: Can You Work Undisturbed In Your Studio?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 19 January 2016 - 12:05 PM

I have a designated studio space on the far side of my garage. It is an enclosed double carport and a nice size for me. I have a view of the resaca (old segment of the Rio Grande) from my wheel. I am possibly one of few people in the area at home during the day so it is very quiet. I can distinguish the bird calls and recognize unknown ones which do cause me to go look for the source. That is about my only disturbance.
One exception was a police search for a murderer a few years ago. They found him when he returned to the house to shower.
Not the safest area in the US to live. But it is usually quiet.


#100094 Valley Of The Potters

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 January 2016 - 05:44 PM

My friend posted this on Facebook. If you haven't seen this, it is very interesting.


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#100031 Say Hello To Everybody! New Ceramic-Junky Arrived

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 January 2016 - 06:50 AM

Welcome Andrea!
I hope you find this forum to be helpful and friendly.Also, in the upper left of the header is ceramic Arts Daily. If you go there, there are daily blogs offering information with videos and a menu at the bottom that lists the topics you can review.


#99745 Qotw: What's Next On Your Bucket List?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 January 2016 - 09:22 AM

I am really fortunate to be able to go with my husband to his Astrophysics conferences. This was in Berlin.The gate of Ishtar and the earliest use of glazed bricks. I hope you get there, Nerd. It is in the former east side, so not all things have progressed poorly over the years.

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#99734 Is A Square Cross Draft Kiln More Efficient?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 January 2016 - 08:09 AM

I'll do a diagram. The target brick shoots the flame up not splitting it. sorry for not being clear on that.
I built burners for a larger kiln and added Grainger squirrel cage blowers although it ran on propane.
Others ran on natural gas.I would add that designing a kiln should be by brick size as mark is saying. a standard brick is 4.5 x 9 x 2.25. I have the old AP Green manual that includes arch layout, spans , rise etc
I love building kilns and then firing them.
Kiln should be double wall of bricks or very well insulated with fiber. I fired this type of kiln for 20 years 1-2 x per week after the third week of the semester. Also had a car kiln firing as frequently.
This kiln fired evenly if stacked the way it liked it. : dense in the front and lower back and tall pieces in the top rear.The shelves were sitting ON the bagwall. A center post was in the front and back leaving a space for large bowls or platters if needed. Oops I left out three courses of floor bricks on the drawing.
Having my second espresso now.


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#99625 Vertical Slip Decorating

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 January 2016 - 12:59 PM

I have seen this style of tea sets from Romania when I was in Spain. Nice to see how it is done.


#99605 Reliable Cone 6 Temmoku Glaze Recipe Oxidation

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 January 2016 - 11:29 AM


This was a test for iron red. I used some lithium wash for the dots. The edges were a a little thinner and black held at 1900 on the cool down.


#99287 Mugs - Handle Or No Handle

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 January 2016 - 04:40 PM

Actually I read somewhere that tea bowls have no handles because if they are too hot to hold, the tea is too hot to drink.


#99252 Liquid Latex

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 January 2016 - 12:59 AM

I use it. I have been using latex since the early 90s, but I found the makeup latex to be less expensive on eBay...especially colored latex.
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#99167 Need Handle Help

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 10 January 2016 - 08:44 AM

- you are putting the handles on as soon as you pull them, very wet?

yes, but they are not goopy. Keep the pulls quick. don't soak the clay. Try to finish the shape in a few pulls.

- the wet finger where the handle will go? That's on the inside of the mug, right?


No. you wet the surface where the two pieces will be joined. you can score and dampen with a wet finger, or just with a wet finger. Then press the stub onto the mug backing the wall on the inside.

Ok, a third question! 

- you keep pulling after it's attached? I can see that this is where I'll run into,trouble. Isn't it flopping all over as you try to attach he the bottom?


Hold the mug and slowly turn it to meet the end of the handle. Use stiffer clay to avoid flopping and dip your hand in the water less often,  if you are getting the clay too wet to hold its shape. After attaching the end of the handle, jiggle it a little as the handle hangs from the side of the mug. You can gently correct the curve you want with your finger and then put it down to set up. Cover all of them with a plastic container and leave them alone until dry. Try making the handles before trimming. That will let then set up a bit. 

#98759 What Does Your Throwing Chair Look Like?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 January 2016 - 06:38 AM

My stools are about 18" and the slanted position adds a little but eases the stress on the lower back. I really like using them. The flat position I use when sitting at a stable. ...and they have a storage space inside. I keep clean aprons in one. cloth in the other.



#98689 What Does Your Throwing Chair Look Like?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 03 January 2016 - 12:05 PM

Attached File  stools.jpg   46.2KB   1 downloadsI made mine after those at La Meridiana. the seat can be flat or wanted depending on which support it rests on inside the storage box. 

#98686 Gravity Feed Slip Trailer

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 03 January 2016 - 11:59 AM

Gravity fed slip decoration is used in the feathering process because one slip is heavily than the other and they don't bleed. 

I found our 1975 article. The second page shows the applicator. sorry the type is so small. I think you can understand it from the photos. The base slip is somewhat thinner than the applied slip from the applicator. It sinks into the thin slip and stays separated. If you google feathered slip trailing, there are slip sloppy examples where drops are laid down instead if thin consistent lines. You get the thin consistent lines with well mixed and sieved slip through a gravity fed applicator.

I have the air pen and have not yet mastered it. I wanted it for thin glaze lines. It has a steep learning curve. Will have to give it another try.


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