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Marcia Selsor

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#88023 Ceramics In Tuscany V

Posted by Marcia Selsor on Yesterday, 08:53 PM


Here are some artists we visited. Antonella Cimatti teaches at the design school.

Fiorenza is an  accomplished artist showing internationally

Faenza antica sells traditional majolica and the banding wheel is part of her operation

The gelati cart was in the lobby four hotel. They have added some new antiques to the decor. The restaurant is great, too.

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#87925 Ceramics In Tuscany V

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 June 2015 - 12:33 PM

I tried posting some photos in the gallery of our pieces from the workshop at La Meridiana

It didn't work. 

So here are some Raku Dolce and Obvara results.

Rosana Antonelli was the leader for the Raku Dolce and I lead the Obvara workshop.

The large piece is Rosana's. Truly beautiful work.

The rest are from the group and our groups portrait.


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#87820 Ceramics In Tuscany V

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 June 2015 - 08:34 AM


Great trip. I will post a few high points now. I can add to the PC page later on Facebook or instagram.

No sprained ankles nor serious problems. Wonderful group of people from US, Guatemala, Singapore, Hong Kong. and Canada.

Here are some pictures from Faenza and the Carlo Zauli Museum, and San Vitale and San Francesco in Ravenna.

First piece represents a failed sculpture by Zauli where he contemplated the force of nature ovrer man and accepted it. The circular piece is about 3.5 feet in diameter and has never left the grounds of his studio. But it was a major influence on future work. Learn by your failures!

Second piece is a smaller version of his recognizable larger work where he used one glaze, Zauli Bianca>

It has selenium and can break with a slight red area near a ridge.

Holly and Emma in the Zauli Courtyard where drinks are served after 6 and discussion is encouraged.

Mateo is Zauli's son, he manages the museum. Currently a large exhibition of Zauli's work is traveling in Italy. A huge exhibition traveled to japan to 4 locations in the 1990s.

Ravenna- San Vitale's mosaics from 5-6th Centuries

San Francesco with a 4 ft.deep  pond under the alter with carp and mosaics.


I hope everyone made it home in one piece as well as all the pots!


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#86575 Qotw: Do You Know Movies, Books, Poems Featuring Potters?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 05 June 2015 - 09:27 AM

Just remembered a really good one

"The Cave" by Jose Saramago about a potter in Portugal . His daughter helps with the manufacturing and  comes up with some new designs to expand their business. All while facing the challenge of increasingly modern times.



#86339 Ceramics In Tuscany V

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 June 2015 - 08:20 AM


Welcome. It will hopefully not be as hot as Orlando and Brownsville. I am looking forward to

meeting everyone. I am also especially excited about the Varasi Corridor as part of our Uffizi visit. This is a rare treat.

One year we had three sprained ankles in the first few days of visiting Florence. People looking up and walking off the slight curb. 

Pietro broke his ankle but will still demonstrate and lecture. Always something. I will be helping Claudia with the Raku Dolce firing.

The Obvara firing is on our last Wed. 

I hope Pietro gets well quickly. The steps down to the dining room at La Meridiana could be tricky in a cast.No one wants to miss a meal by Lucia!



#82665 Drying Bowls - Rim Up Or Rim Down

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 28 May 2015 - 07:15 AM

I flip mine too. Helps to dry evenly.I guess it could help prevent warping if they are drying in a draft.



#82631 Raku - When Is It Safe For The Second Piece?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 27 May 2015 - 08:44 PM

I put my slabs in as soon as I have finished unloading the previous batch. I use coils to ease the shock of a hot shelf.


#82466 Large Flat Pieces Cracking During Glaze Firing

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 26 May 2015 - 06:51 AM

I make sun ray patterns with the coils for the foot to rest on. they can move but mainly they let moisture escape.

I fire my flat slabs upright leaning against stacked shelves or bricks.


#81765 Clean Merge Line.

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 May 2015 - 11:34 AM

Hamada and Dave Shaner used the Bray liquid wax.In fact, I think it was developed for Hamada while he was there.  Probably any of the modern liquid waxes would work. Cover the first glaze with the wax where you want it. Allow the wax to dry. Then wash the first glaze away from the edge of the wax line. Then you can apply the second glaze. Clean the glaze off the dried wax.



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#81754 Anyway To Get Online Access To Non Cd Past Issues

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 May 2015 - 08:16 AM

there is an article index for PMI and CM plus some passed issues. The older ones are cd only.

Go to their like after going to CAD upper left. Pull down menu. There is contact info. maybe you could ask someone directly.


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#81689 Glaze Testing

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 May 2015 - 11:30 AM

A hazard message is not reassuring when the bowl could last beyond one owner. Use the glaze on the outside but not for contact with food.I have a glaze similar. It looks great on carved vases. (outside of vase). Have you done a slice of lemon test on it? I think you would see a noticeable change in color. You can use strontium carbonate to sub for barium but not 1:1. 

I'd have to look it up. 








#81158 Pug Mills :)

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 09 May 2015 - 02:56 PM

I have a Bailey A-400 too -deairing. I take it apart and clean it after using. It has a cast aluminum body. I got mine in Portland at an NCECA. It was a floor model. I paid about $1900 too, if I remember correctly. I had a used Peter Pugger, really old and abused. It had a lot of rusted metal and I'd get big chunks of rust in my clay. Bad news there. It was an early model.


Keep looking for used puggers. They are out there. Put consider your back too. Pugging can be a lot of work.



#80794 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 05 May 2015 - 06:52 AM

Funny you should ask this. I had a disastrous Saturday trying to fire the rest of my raku pieces. In my large kiln I fired a slab that had been buried away in some shelves. I put it in with my large slabs all firing on edge. The older slab cracked knocking over all the pieces and pushing the pyrometer out of the kiln where it broke part of the sleeve. I didn't notice that. So I shut off the kiln and moved a burner to my other kiln and fired that up with smaller pieces. Approaching 1800 F the pyrometer stopped working. I shut that off. 

I have 7 underfired slabs now. And some warped. So it goes. I am firing up some freshly mixed glazes today. The kiln is already loaded.I threw out the ones not worth refiring.

At the Seattle NCECA Marge Levy presented a video to the whole audience "Keep on Keeping on" . If I can find it, I'll post it.

Marge is my friend from 60s in college. We're both still keepin' on. It is a funny but encouraging video.

Just remember you are not doing this for the people who walk away from your show. You are doing this for you...and as Paul says, enjoy the journey. 

Best to you.,


#80583 Woot! Trying It Out Finally!

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 02 May 2015 - 04:40 PM

no. there are all ^6 oxidation.except for the ^10 celedon

The faux cailleront is Oxidation.


#80546 Heat Resistant Gloves

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 01 May 2015 - 09:09 PM

this is a video showing the use of heat resistant gloves . I use this because it is easier to pick up large slabs this way than with tongs.


Not sure this will transfer from Facebook.