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Marcia Selsor

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#71919 Pit Fire Poo

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 December 2014 - 04:14 PM

I can't speak to the burning quality of bunny scat, but there is a difference between horse and cow manure. Cow pies should be very dry..frisbee quality. Horse turds are more cubic and have a higher nitrogen content. The horse turds are good for adding to saggar or trash can burns for good blacks. When I fired class loads of work , our pit was about 8-10 ft. long, 3 feet wide and about 30 inches deep with a ledge about 10" up from the bottom to support grills or metal refrigerator shelfs.The fire and built up coals were on the bottom.
Bunny poo mixed with pine may work in a pit or also you could try it on a trash can or a brick above ground "pit". The pine shavings will help the burn.


#71858 Red Earthenware Appropriate For Pit Firing?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 December 2014 - 11:56 AM

My summer classes in Montana use to dig our own clay, process it, add fine mica or pumice.Decorate with terra sig. Bisque to 09. Go out to a ranch, collect cow pies, dig a pit, build a bed of coals with wood with pots toasting on the edge, , put the preheated pots on a grill (refrigerator shelves) set on a ledge in the pit above the coals, cover with very ample supply of dried cow pies and seal with sawdust and cove with sheet metal scrap a la Maria Martinez.Often Montana school budget for are was zero, so this class show ways to use local supplies. How to run an art program on very little.

The fire would burn through to the top in about 2.5 hours and then we'd wait til it cooled down. Fun days.


#71811 Food For Thought - E - Course!

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 13 December 2014 - 09:37 AM

I also tend to agree with Mark, John,Paul and Jayne. I,too, come from a family of teachers. I taught pottery for decades. I still can't see how it can be done without one on one instruction. Mark described the mentoring program very well. PC tries to make the right fit. I will still talk to Antoinette to understand her methods. I agree that local workshops and PC conferences of the topic you want to learn would be the best method.
Teaching is a profession and lots of work and dedication. There has been discussion previously about a series of web-courses on specific topics. Maybe we'll have another look. Meanwhile, ceramic Arts Daily has great videos every day....small segments from their DVD series. I learned several techniques like photo transfer and a fast embossed slip applicator from mylar wrapping paper.There are lots of topics presented by some of the top people in the field. If you have any road bumps, do some searching there. They are very informative.

#71742 Adding Subtle Interest To Surface In Electric Kiln To Enhance Visual Qualities

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 December 2014 - 10:34 AM

You would be amazed at the difference of holding a ^6 glaze at 2100 or 2000 for 30 minutes will make in your results.
Your glazing looks well applied but a little more breaking might make them look richer. Try holding the temperature on the way down. After 30+ of firing reduction, firing oxidation was a whole new learning curve. Beautiful results can be achieved. Several potter friends with oxidation experienced helped me along.
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#71666 How To Slab A Round Cylinder

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 11 December 2014 - 10:38 AM

I wrap slabs around large sonar (sp) tubes or PVC pipe from Home depot.I use a cardboard tube, wrap it with newsprint. Then roll a precut slab on tar paper around the tube. Tape with duct tape. slide the tube out, work on the seam, and let the clay set up.This photo is from my Architectural Ceramics workshop in Italy at La Meridiana in 2004.The paper keeps the clay from sticking to the tube.
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#71604 What Are Your Favorite Animals?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 10 December 2014 - 11:17 AM

I love horses. My most inspiring experience with them happened when I took my advanced students to the Pryor Mountains to dig clay. We were a few miles from a Vision Quest site..so we continued up to the top and across a 2 rutted road in misty clouds. All of a sudden a herd of wild horses came up from behind us out of a cloud , ran past us with their Spring foals and disappeared down into a cooly.I began drawing them on raku slabs.


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#71375 Maquette, Or Break-Ette

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 07 December 2014 - 08:17 AM

I usually discard them or set them somewhere in the studio for future reference. I don't fire them.

#71011 How Do You Develop You Own Aesthetic?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 01 December 2014 - 10:26 AM

You are or should be your best and toughest critic. How hard are you on yourself? How do you grow into your own aesthetic? Function is a standard as we can refer to Robin Hopper's analysis to form , weight, balance, in Functional Pottery as well as look at classical pottery from long traditions in ceramics: Asian, African, European, the Americas.

were presented:
Some great points were presented by Sammule
in the previous discussion on the "worst critique you ever have":

"think aesthetics regarding to proportions. Do the parts harmonize with each other compared to CLASSIC models or are some parts exaggerated or diminished? Again, there are well-known standards concerning proportions. If you've deviated from classic ideas of proportion, was it an experiment or unintended? If an experiment, was it successful or not"

"There are more standards but we start with agreed-on classic standards and deviate from them as needed, based on the INTENTIONS of the potter"

#70912 Pre-Mixed Clay Consistency?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 November 2014 - 07:00 PM

I buy smaller quantities nowadays compared to Mark. I might buy 500-1000. If it feels stiff I drop it on concrete in the bag. I drop it onto all six sides. That softens my clay. I think sometimes some additive in commercial clays make it a little thixotropic. Shaking it up seems to loosen it up.It feels much softer after throwing it on the ground several times.


#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