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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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#56825 The Dangers Of Advice Without Experience

Posted by Marcia Selsor on Yesterday, 06:15 AM

I think that is why the moderators have started listing the most frequently asked questions. There are certain things that come up often. 

Dialogue on topics can develop into deeper aspects of subjects with many takes from many sources. There are so many ways to reach the same goal in ceramics...it is fun to see how many ways people can get there.



#56699 The Dangers Of Advice Without Experience

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 April 2014 - 07:41 PM

I have been working in clay for 4+ decades but I can honestly say there are many things  I don't know. There are many things I do know.

I taught ceramics at the college level for 25 year and tried to encourage students to develop their own intellectual curiosity, experiment and discover. Ceramics is almost infinite in directions, possibilities , chemical combos, kilns, burners, drafts, pits, etc.etc. The benefit of the forum where there are so many willing to pitch in makes the potential for someone with the experience to have an answer. 

Tyler, your rant is a good one.


#56046 Nceca

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 03 April 2014 - 11:31 PM

Did not come up
Please check link.
there was a student throwing competition at Supermud/NCECA back in '78.
kick wheels.
warren Mackenzie commented to me that I did a good job. 20+" 5 #of clay?someone else did better.
Long tradition at NCECA. Glad it is coming back.

#55558 Rewiring 3 Phase Kiln To A 1 Phase?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 March 2014 - 03:03 PM

I did it and had to send the control panel back to skutt. The kiln had been a ^10. With the new control panel and new wiring , it became a ^5.

something they failed to mention when I hd first called about it. The kiln was at the University and had been moved to a new location where the wiring wouldn't work for 3-phase.




#55518 Solar Powered Kiln?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 March 2014 - 08:52 AM

Look up Experimental Solar Kilns and Firing with Sunlight, old articles from Studio Potter Magazine.



#55476 Potters Council At Nceca

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 March 2014 - 02:01 PM

I was really impressed with the staffers at ACERS and the way they jumped in to pack up the show. They were really impressive. It took a while but they all seemed to know what to do.


#55263 What Has Been Your Worst Re Encounter Of A Piece Of Your Pottery?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 March 2014 - 11:23 PM

OK this is at the same time the funniest and embarrassing reencounter of an old piece. It defines the need for the hammer but also can keep us humble and shows we all start from somewhere..
selsorcarbondatedsmall.jpg This was posted above the sink in my classroom by a student who cam across one of my very first teapots in california in possession of an old classmate from 1967.The pot was made in Philadelphia as a sophomore in college. I kept this posted above the sink for years. I think it is one of my most cherished possessions.I had to wait til I was home because it is one my larger laptop.
I added a slightly closer view. I hope you can read the writing. My students had a good sense of humor.


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#55261 Clay Coming Off Center

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 March 2014 - 10:49 PM

Level the wheel with a Bullseye level. I have a little artist a for hauling around to demos.They are. Great wheel. All wheels need to be level for the best results. Slow down as you get more into the pot. Centering is done at a faster speed. pulling up and refining should be done slower and slower.

#55219 Nceca

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 March 2014 - 11:24 PM

And thank you ACERS, Charlie and Sherman for sponsoring the event.

#55215 Nceca

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 March 2014 - 10:58 PM

Potters council had a great members reception with about 150 people present. Great job, Carolyn!
Yummy food, good conversation, and smiling faces.

#55181 Advice Needed On Firing.

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 March 2014 - 08:09 AM

Chris should chime in here. She fires and dries her pieces in supports like bowl forms. If I see here this morning I will ask her to respond. We are at NCECA.

#53615 Pit Firing In Ohio

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 February 2014 - 08:06 AM

search the archives here. I believe this was discussed to a great extent.Maybe you'll find someone close by.


#53463 Does It Matter What We Call Our Work?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 February 2014 - 10:02 AM

You are kind, Rebecca. I'll look for you at NCECA. Maybe we can have a Shotzi at the Old German Beer Hall!
I have been attending NCECA since 1971. I go to keep in touch with old friends and keep up to date with what is happening, enjoy the talks, demos and shows. There have been many loses this year.Seems that continues to happen.So looking forward to seeing new friends.


#53450 Yearly Ash Burning

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 February 2014 - 07:58 AM

There are some towns being buried by tumbleweeds. You should let them know what to do with them.

#53448 Fritted Vs Free Borax In Clay Body?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 February 2014 - 07:53 AM

If you can find Lithium carbonate that is the purest flux.Not sure it will be any less expensive.
You may try Gerstley Borate also.
Both will flux at the lower temperature.