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Marcia Selsor

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#111903 Terra Sig

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 August 2016 - 11:01 AM

Here is a fast and simple way to make terra sig. You don't need much clay 250 grams is plenty.



#111902 Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 24 August 2016 - 10:57 AM

I can't find the newspaper clipping of the front page of the Billings Gazette with a young fireman smiling spraying a hose through the fence of the back yard of the Art Annex. But here goes the story:


My summer class was doing a dung firing and my assistant gathered some cow pies. For those of you not familiar with the process, cow pies should be dried, hard and frisbee quality for a dung firing. Unfortunately, the assistant collected damp cow pies. We had a pit, started building the coal bed, loaded the pots and covered with cow pies. Very shortly afterwards, smoke was getting thick on the main road going up to the airport. Soon, the fire trucks were there. 

My friend who is the photographer for the gazette caught a picture of the fireman dowsing our pit firing through the fence. headlines read "Where There's Smoke There's..? " I got a trip to the dean's office. I then did the firings out at my home in Huntley or on student's ranches.

I always call ahead.


#111864 Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 23 August 2016 - 04:41 PM

When I was working on crystalline Glazes in grad school, my husband and I bought a ^10 electric kiln. On the first firing of crystalline one of the pots fell over and the glaze ate a huge hole in the floor of the new kiln. We were able to repair it . Learn how caustic crystalline glazes are.


#111818 Question About Online Applications

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 22 August 2016 - 06:21 PM

The specific venue sometimes advises dpi and size. I would.t push jpgs to 5 mb. 1.5 should be plenty good enough.


#111715 Cone 6 Reduction Recipes From My Handouts

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 August 2016 - 01:20 PM

Not yet. We're planning to move after the winter. But I am looking at "U-pack" options as we speak.
It is suppose to be a long tough winter, but I do plan to start with moving the studio.

#111698 Cone 6 Reduction Recipes From My Handouts

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 20 August 2016 - 08:21 AM

This is a handout from my last #6 Reduction workshop in Corpus Christi. This is a word document
Dan Engelke developed many ^6 reduction glazes at Lafayette University in the '70s and gave them out at an NCECA discussion group.I began working with ^6 reduction in 1980 when the ceramics lab was moved to a newer facility and the firings were supposed to fit into an 8 hours time slot. There is some repetition in this because of many pastings and adding.

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#111616 Ceramic Buttons Necessary For Fiber Kiln?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 August 2016 - 02:09 PM

I use kanthal wire sold by the foot at Archie bray Clay Business in Helena Montana.I thread the button and shove the ends through the expanded metal or whatever I am using for that kiln. I used sodium silicate to adhere fiber to flashing for my small raku test kiln.
I use buttons made of raku clay that I bisque.

I have a roll of 2" 8# fiber in my kiln shed calling my name...really.I can send a photo.


#111576 Can I Get Away Without A Test Kiln?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 18 August 2016 - 05:53 AM

I agree with Matthew. Maybe the idea of filling a kiln with shelves rather than pots will inspire you to make more pieces. You could practice throwing tooth pick holders or other small objects and use them as test pieces too. You can fire a very spacious kiln with test tiles but as Matthew says you need to occupy the space with something to get good results in firing.

#111558 Native Clay, Odd Smell...

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 August 2016 - 07:48 PM

Farmers burn brush and tree stumps when they clear field.Anyway, I would use a finer mesh like fiber glass window screen for sieving the clay. Make a slurry first and pour thru the sieve.Clay can really stink depending on what has been living in the pond. Once you fire it, I doubt there would be any problem of hazards. I think it is an organic smell which should burn off. ..Unless there has been a toxic waste dump in the area.



#111522 Qotw: Are You Showing Us The Best Piece You Made When Starting With Pottery?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 17 August 2016 - 08:04 AM

I love this photo. My first teapot that I actually sold to a friend, Cornelia,  in college. 15 years later, my student saw it at Cornelia's apartment in Oakland, photographed it and posted it in my classroom. I love it.Made about 1967.

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#111444 Do You Employ A Kiln Watcher?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 16 August 2016 - 07:30 AM

many many years ago I visited Vivika and Otto heino when they were still in New Hampshire or Vermont. I was in a group from Mudflats on Boston and we went on a studio tour. Visited Michael Cohen, Gerry Williams and the Heinos. Vivika and Otto had over 400 Kiln Gods around the frame of their kiln.

I employed them when I was teaching at the university in Montana. After I retired I went back to see if I could have some of them for memory sake. They had been thrown away by the new teachers. They thought they were bad juju. Unfortunately, the roof caught on fire the last week of their first semester.

just saying.



#111431 Qotw: Are There More Male Or Female "well Known" Potters?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 15 August 2016 - 09:13 PM

That is a really great analysis, Diesel. When I first started teaching in Montana, all the make ceramics students refused to enroll in my classes the first semester . Two female students and myself re-built two gas kilns before the semester even started. The 2 students just dropped in to meet me. We had a great Christmas sale. Spring Semester, the male. students were back. I was mentored by Francis Senska, a retired ceramics teacher from Bozeman who happened to be the theater of Rudy Autio and Peter Voulkos. Good thing Rudy and Pete didn't refuse to take classes from a woman. It is good that we get over our biases.



#111388 Barcelona Symposium 2016

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 14 August 2016 - 07:59 PM

I am really getting excited to be participating in an International Symposium with International artists at El Torn with 5 of the 11 participants being Potters Council members. 

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#111287 Going Gas, Need Some Direction

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 August 2016 - 02:21 PM

Are you going to fire to ^6 reduction? Is saves a lot of gas and glazes look the same as stoneware. At least mine did. They are in Bailey's Oriental Glazes. 

Tenmoku, Ohata red, celadons, reduction red, and more. I am happy to send you 20 years worth of glazes from when I was teaching in Montana at MSU-B. 



#111286 Supplies To Buy When Buying A First Wheel?

Posted by Marcia Selsor on 12 August 2016 - 02:19 PM

If you'll be sitting, an apron is a good idea to keep your lap dry. Put a mirror opposite your seat saves you from getting up to see the form. If you'll be doing more closed forms, a sponge on a stick is useful for removing the water once your hand no longer fits.