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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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#68506 Art Deco

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 October 2014 - 08:25 AM

I love road tripping across the country and stopping off in places along the way. These are some pictures I took I think in Hattiesburg, MS. I have used these examples when I teach architectural ceramics workshops.

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#68500 Airbrush Recommendation For Underglazing

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 October 2014 - 07:34 AM

I have an old Passche too. Recently used it on a tile project. It works find. I don't like the glass jars though. Always afraid of them slipping off. I am left handed and some of the jars seem to be for right handed users.

Old Lady, next time I drive to Pa. I can stop by and show you.




#68499 Small Jugs Pour Badly

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 October 2014 - 07:24 AM

Best advice I can give you is to pick up a copy of Robin Hopper's Functional Pottery or Clary Illian's A Potters Workbook.

You need a throat feeding the spout and a sharper edge on the lip. A collar from the belly would help with the flow.




#68478 Pictures Of Your Studio

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 October 2014 - 08:35 PM

Old Lady,

The water is a Resaca, an old channel of the Rio Grande..used now for flood control..and thankful because yesterday we had 2.5-4" in an hour. The rescue rose over a foot. All critters seem to be enjoying the new water.

This is the best studio I ever had. The view is great. The solitude is wonderful even though I have neighbors, no one is home during the day except me and the birds, my cats and dogs.If I hear a strange brd call I stop working and go in search of the source. It is lovely except for the heat. Today a cold front came through. It was wonderfully dry, cool breeze in the lower 80s.

Good day in the studio and morning running errands.


#68107 Every Once In A While,

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

What a deal!!!  Lucky you!

#67733 Handmade Tile Show And Sale November 1St And 2Nd At The Uw Center For Urban H...

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 October 2014 - 04:29 PM

It would be more informative if you could mention a city and state. It sounds like a great show.


Thanks , Barbara , for updating your information.



#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