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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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#68107 Every Once In A While,

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 October 2014 - 05:05 PM

What a deal!!!  Lucky you!

#67673 Cutting Off The Hump

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 October 2014 - 08:53 PM

This is a Turkish potter throwing off the hump. Pretty fast action.

#67670 Coldest Tempature You Have Raku Fired In?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 October 2014 - 07:51 PM

how about hottest temperature? Today was gross and this week will get better until Thursday. It is still in the 90s.

Fired slabs today. Not as bad as August. Here is my tank setup. I have high temperature gloves good for 32 seconds.

I have lost too many slabs removing them with tongs. Much easier to just grab them. I have a video from today but have to get uploaded to my website.

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#67631 Cutting Off The Hump

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 October 2014 - 09:00 PM

first make a groove at the base to catch the string and feed it in as the wheel turns and then pull after it is in.



#67562 Raku Kiln- Highest Cone Temp

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 10 October 2014 - 12:04 PM

I think it may also be important to consider kiln size and insulation and gas regulators when comparing both BTU consumption and cones versus temperature. I am doing alternative firings in foil sag gars to ^019 and ceramic sag gars to ^08, as well as obvara to ^08. I am also firing to ^06 or 1850 for raku. My kilns have 1" 8# density fiber treated with ITC.  My large raku kiln is about 20 cu. ft. and my small one is about 6 cu. ft.

The BTU rate of consumption increases exponentially as the temperature rises. The rate of fuel consumption to maintain a temperature is not the same as increasing the temperature. That is why going from ^6 to ^10 can consume twice as much fuel.




#67231 Rocky Zinc Oxide

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 04 October 2014 - 02:37 PM

Try calcining it. Fire up to 1000 F or more...even to a low bisque, and it should lose the lumps easily.



#67155 Who Is Your Favorite Potter Or What Inspires You Most In Your Pottery?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 October 2014 - 10:02 PM

Cathie J. And I were in Kelowna Clay Fest together. We were evacuated during the fires.forest fires ate 300 homes and the sky looked like Hell blowing up! We shared a basement floor and talked most of the night .. Probably too freaked out to sleep.Gabriele Koch. her work is elegant
I like her a lot. I got a gravy boat from her from our joint exhibition. Gail Nichols was one of our roomies at an NCECA and I got one of her pieces too. Both great soda firers. I could add Ruthanne Tudball to the lady soda fairies. her work is also beautiful!

I also agree with Gabriele Koch. Her work is beautiful. Thanks for bringing so much talent to the forefront for others.


#67059 Raku Kiln- Highest Cone Temp

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 01 October 2014 - 07:53 PM

I fire my two raku kilns to 1850 to 1650 or 1275 or 1200 depending on what I am firing. if I want to fire hotter, I'd use a kiln designed for higher temperatures. I built mine for low temperatures and I do experiment with low temperature processes.I have been firing my 2 kilns a lot and I haven't refilled my tanks since last winter. I have a lot of firing left in my tanks.


#66964 How Do You Take Photographs And Keep Them Consistent?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 30 September 2014 - 06:32 PM

Obvaralargestw:crackleSm copy.jpg photosetup.jpg This is my setup. I use an old lamp stand and an old tripod with clip on reflectors with daytime blue bulbs, the varitone backdrop inside the cube.I can raise the backdrop for taller pieces or use a large piece directly on the wall/floor for large pieces.

I have been using this setup for several years.

#66846 What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 29 September 2014 - 08:53 AM

The Potters Book by Bernard Leach excellent in depth look at the whole process
A Potters Workbook by Clary Illian excellent designing
Functional Pottery by Robin Hopper excellent design discussion

For glazes both of these are good for understanding the chemistry of glazes.
Mastering Cone 6 Glazes Ron Roy and John Hesselbeth
Cone 6 Glazes by Michael Bailey

#66561 History In The Making Viii, Genesee , Ny

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 September 2014 - 12:09 PM

My piece was accepted in this show in NY. If you are in the area, stop in to see the show. Sounds interesting.

History in the Making VIII
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm until Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Objects at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery.

The History in the Making exhibit showcases ceramic work from youthful, energetic, promising artists to veteran traditionalists. All see potential in the connection between historic and contemporary ideas. They believe form, color, and surface can be simultaneously fresh and time-honored, leading to an exciting body of work as a whole.

Juried by Fred Herbst, professor of art at Corning Community College. This show attracts ceramicists from all across the country.

RSVP on Facebook.

Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery

Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery,
Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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#66520 Banding Wheels

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 September 2014 - 02:49 PM

I have a SHimpo and a Bailey banding wheels. I'd say they are equal. I don't know the darice. But my experience with lighter weight wheels just is not what I need to do with a banding wheel. Both bailey and SHimpo are smooth , heavy and keep turning.

#66478 Some Recent Obvara

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 September 2014 - 09:37 AM

These are some from yesterdayObvara3group914 copy.jpg

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#66430 How Many "hand Builders" Here?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

I hand build larger pieces but I have been throwing more lately.


#66176 Repair Bisque Piece?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 September 2014 - 08:12 AM

mix some paper clay patch with you clay body. Before applying it to the 2 pieces wet the surfaces well with water. Thenquickly use the paper clay goo and stick them together. The bisque sucks the moisture out of the goo quickly. Re-bisque before glazing.