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Marcia Selsor

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  2. I haven't fired ^6 reduction for a while.My friend finished his kiln a few blocks from my home and asked me to help fire it. Here are some of my Selsor Copper Red results. these are from 2 firings in the last month. The darker reds are 1/2 cone hotter.
  3. recently fired a gas kiln with a friend. Here are the copper red results June 2020. I used my original Selsor Copper Red. The deeper red on a few pieces were a little hotter with cone 6 almost flat.
  4. We have postponed my workshop until Sept 20-26, 2020 for Soluble Salts at La Meridiana. Here ia a description. They are very busy this week altering the course schedule for this year. https://lameridiana.fi.it/product/23-2020-marcia-selsor-soluble-salts-in-low-fire-saggars/
  5. This is a good demo of how they are made and how they work. Even though it starts out looking at a fuddling jug , this one is a puzzle jug. Marcia
  6. My fireplace surround was in PMI a decade or so ago. These are corbels. I used a right angle jig to construct them. My friend Stephani Stephenson and I taught an architectural workshop in Italy in 2012. Here is her website. Her business is Revival Tile. http://www.revivaltileworks.com For corbels I built a right angle jig also in another PMI and in a book on contemporary sculptural techniques.. Marcia
  7. The Archie Bray is 280 miles from Red Lodge. 560 round trip. I prefer to go up the Musselshell river valley and down Deep creek to Towsend avoiding much of the interstate. It can be done in a day and the drive is beautiful .I am convinced I live in Paradise but Sue Tirrell really lives in Paradise Valley! -not to mention visiting the Bray and looking at the gallery, classes and studios. I do sometimes ship my clay with others to Billings and pick it up there. Marcia
  8. The current issue has an article that includes my work in soluble salts. It is on my website link if you scroll down the page. https://www.marciaselsorstudio.com/ceramic-saggar-and-soluble-salts.html
  9. I finally found the recording discussion of our presentation at NCECA last year. Anyone interested in low fire alternative processes, there are 10 being discussed; two each . Paul Andrew Wandless, Russel Fouts, Judith Motzkin, Ken Turner, and myself. It is an hour long presentation with questions. just click on the picture. The images were on a loop and don't correspond to the discussion going on.
  10. I use coils and use them repeatedly.I extrude 1/4" coils through a steel mesh I put in my extruder. From leather hard to after bisque my clay shrinks 5% and another 6-7% at ^6 Marcia
  11. I had a doctor in my classes when I was teaching. He said when" I make a mistake in clay, nobody dies." Marcia
  12. Mark, I haven't had anymore problems with my wrists except from breaking a bone when I tripped over someone's legs sticking out of the wood kiln taking photos. That was 2 years ago. I think lifting kiln shelves and loading so many kilns per week affected the pain developed in back, shoulders, hips, and thighs.I feel the same about sometimes it keeps me fit and sometimes it is killing me. Gave up bricking up doors 40 years ago. I'm 71 now. Enjoying throwing big pots "effortlessly" with 50+ years of skill to do it. I like not struggling with the clay although if I push one too far and it st
  13. My HS English Teacher quoted that often . We read a lot of Thoreau. Marcia Marcia
  14. I retired from teaching University level ceramics 20 years ago when I was 50. And Old Lady, my salary was $50K in 2000 after 25 years and my benefits are based on that.I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery in 1980 from bricking up kiln doors and unbricking them; 1600 pounds per load 4 loads per week.. I built a car kiln and a hinged door kiln when we moved to a hew building in 1980. My body was failing by 2000. My sleep was interrupted by pain 23 times per minute (results from a sleep test and wired body) and was getting shots of ladacane monthly on hips , shoulders and back.. I was told if
  15. I have had mine for about 20 years. I use one to slow dry large ceramic slabs. the rigid width is 26" and the boards can over hang the front of the frame which is 22"I wrapped it wit a large drop cloth. I use sheetrock on top of the plywood. My smaller one is 17" rigid width and the depth is 27". I got mine both at a recycling center for scrap price. Marcia
  16. Hi Hopscotch and welcome to the ceramics world. you brought up many good points. I am in a thread discussing early studio potters on the Facebook page "Studio pottery Appreciation and Identification. Many there post about their thrift store finds and ask others for help identifying the potters. This current thread refers to early studio potters around the Arts and Crafts Movement 1900. The annual Nat'l Council on Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) (US based) always has about 100-200 exhibitions, demonstrations , lectures, and materials for sale in an exhibition hall along with non-profits.
  17. Frances Senska always fired at ^7. She used a lot of local ingredients in her glazes. ^7 is a good temperature for a stoneware as long as it vitrifies. I converted to ^6 reduction when I was teaching at MSUB. I fired to a flat ^6 from 1980 to 2000 at MSUB and lated at UT Brownsville. FYI Frances Senska taught at MSU Bozeman and was the teacher of Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio who became the first resident artists at Archie bray in 1951. Calcium Carbonate or Whiting will harden a glaze surface from scratching. Marcia
  18. I submitted the article in Nov. to PMI. we edited it. now waiting for the appropriate grouping of articles for an issue. Here is a picture of my larger raku kiln after firing. Marcia
  19. I don't think "time" is part of it except that the switch is timed for 1 as low increments when it is on, 2 is more, 3 is more, etc. and Max is on full. I would question why there are few tiles under the kiln sitting pin a wood floor. You need to have it raised away from combustibles. Set it on a few cinderblocks and 18" or 46 cm away combustible walls. If it is in your living space, it should be vented. That nitch is too closed in to be safe. Marcia
  20. My computerized kilns are in an unheated shed in red lodge Montana. Last year, when I was concerned there might be condensation in the controller, I went out there with a hair dryer and blow-dried the board from the bottom and top vents. We had 32 days without begetting above zero Fahrenheit. I have not had any trouble with them. I fire them when it is 10 degrees. No problem. It is fairly dry mountain air. Marcia
  21. Heading to San Antonio to teach a workshop. Warmer weather down there.



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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      not many here would understand that!

      Is that C or F?


    3. terrim8


      C but the wind chill dropped it down another 10 degrees of course :(

    4. terrim8


      but on our last day of -20 I tried out the wood skis and they're fast! I had to re-camber them with a clothes steamer and wooden blocks, get pine tar on them then polar kick wax as glide wax! So different that modern xc skis!!!

  22. Admire your work, Kristen. Welcome to the forum. Great article in CM. I need to review my costs to do workshops Haven't raised the rate in years Much food for thought there Neil also has an article in the recent issue on transporting work Good article, Neil! Marcia
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