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  1. Finished writing my article for PMI. Pieces selling well and I need to send more shipments to galleries. Back to throwing.

    Marcia

     

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      Marcia Selsor

      almost as much time trying to send it thru dropbox!!!

       

       

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  2. Been working on color development using soluble salts preparing several articles for publication.

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      Marcia Selsor

      One will be in Spanish in Revista Ceramica Internacional!

      The  other will be in PMI and is due Nov 1.

       

       

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  3. Got  my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed finished to get them protected from the weather. Last year it snowed -22" around Sept. 15th. First frost ( its late this year) is expected next weekend. Happy to have those kilns out of the studio. I now have 3 raku kilns outside the dining room patio door.  It makes it easy to read the pyrometer.3rakukilnssmall.jpg.26fc1b75a9b0421dd52ddab4ccaa9ae1.jpg

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      Marcia Selsor

      maybe we should have a raku fest at my place before my husband retires and comes home permanently!

       

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  4. Got  my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed finished to get them protected from the weather. Last year it snowed -22" around Sept. 15th. First frost ( its late this year) is expected next weekend. Happy to have those kilns out of the studio. I now have 3 raku kilns outside the dining room patio door.  It makes it easy to read the pyrometer.3rakukilnssmall.jpg.26fc1b75a9b0421dd52ddab4ccaa9ae1.jpg

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      Marcia Selsor

      My  extension to old wooden kiln shed weill have all metal clear story with windows and exhaust fans 2 barn doors and 14 ft ceiling slanting down to10 or 12'. I already have 4 kilns to go inside. My tiny demo kiln I built for taping my online courses. I have a sawed -ed oil drum with the tope third removed, a 2' high x 2'wide chamber to sit on brick plus my large pulley or topcoat kiln. Very excite to be able to fire in winter. BUT I do regret not being able to fire much this summer.

       

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  5. Got  my 2 new raku kilns sprayed with rigidizer. Now they just need the kiln shed finished to get them protected from the weather. Last year it snowed -22" around Sept. 15th. First frost ( its late this year) is expected next weekend. Happy to have those kilns out of the studio. I now have 3 raku kilns outside the dining room patio door.  It makes it easy to read the pyrometer.3rakukilnssmall.jpg.26fc1b75a9b0421dd52ddab4ccaa9ae1.jpg

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      Marcia Selsor

      i had 2 rolls from Texas and didn't bring my old pulley kiln from Texas. A few years before  I left Texas I built 2 new oil drum kilns, one for me and one for a friend. That is still in good shape. And my little demo 19 lb kiln that I built for my online course to demo firings is still fine. I used that in the park in July to demo Obvara. 

      I needed to build a new pulley (top hat) kiln to fire larger saggers and horse slabs. After all the snow last Fall, Winter and Spring, I decided to build an indoor raku facility. While building the top hat, I figured there was enough left over fencing for a frame for a cylinder kiln a little larger than an oil drum diameter plus just enough fiber. I ended up using all but 2 feet of the 2 12.5 ft. rolls and about 3 ft of fencing now around a tomato plant protecting it from deer and magpies. I now have 4 raku kilns and 3 electrics that will be housed in my new kiln shed extension. The 3 electrics are in the wooden part, the extension will be all steel with 2 barn doors, clear story windows and exhaust fans.

      I may start offering workshops!!! The top hat is upside down in this photo and the cylinder is sitting on cinder blocks. I will permanently locate them in the shed on fire brick bases.My oil drum kiln I bought from Texas is under the bucket in one photo and under plastic behind the new cylinder kiln below.. I fired it yesterday and will fire more today. 

       

       

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  6. Concrete slab getting poured on Monday. Walls will follow shortly. This will be my new kiln shed for year-round firing ability ...as long as I can shovel my way out there!

     

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      Marcia Selsor

      finally got an electric I can carry thru the house from back to front. ..after losing 20 pounds from shoveling. We had 200% normal snowfall last winter beginning with 22" in Sept.

       

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  7. Concrete slab getting poured on Monday. Walls will follow shortly. This will be my new kiln shed for year-round firing ability ...as long as I can shovel my way out there!

     

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      we have haze from the California fires. As for my firing creating smoke, there isn't any from saggar firing , foil saggar firing, nor Obvara- just steam from Obvara. From raku, the smoke is less than starting charcoal with newspaper in a metal cylinder.

       

       

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  8. Concrete slab getting poured on Monday. Walls will follow shortly. This will be my new kiln shed for year-round firing ability ...as long as I can shovel my way out there!

     

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      Marcia Selsor

      there will be a cover for part of the side walk. Very excited about finally getting some action. Summer is very busy around here for contractors. I was lucky that one project was behind due to a plumbers delay. I already moved the Soldner mixer out of my studio. It will be stored in the new shed.

       

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  9. Maiolica is friggin' hard. 

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      Marcia Selsor

      Have you thought about pseudo mishima where you wax over a glaze and scratch in the drawing and fill with underglaze? It looks like what you are doing may work with that technique.

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  10. Going camping for a few days.

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      Marcia Selsor

      enjoy!

       

  11. Maiolica is friggin' hard. 

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      google Linda Arbuckle's handouts on Majolica. It is better to bisque very smooth earthenware, then dip in tin glaze, Majolica, then spray with stray starch or hairspray, the one OVER glazes. You can make them with stains, gerstley borate or a borate frit. straight oxides are not easy to use. CAD has a video of her too.

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  12. Maiolica is friggin' hard. 

  13. Just got back from 3 weeks in Italy : wood firing at La meridian installed our group installation in the amphitheater, then took our work to a gallery in Faenza for a display, and presented talks at the Carlo Zauli Museum.Glad to be back home.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      plan to throw today after a little cleaning. Also working on my new raku kiln. 

      Marcia

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  14. anyone have a good patching mix for bisque? Thinking of trying to use paper clay as the patch material but the body is regular clay.

     

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      Marcia Selsor

      Yes. For small batches, soak toilet paper over night, squeeze dry, put it into a blender, add powdered clay body to be repaired,  Use about 25% paper to clay

      about add some vinegar, and a smaller amount of sodium silicate 

      Blend into a paste. Ad a little water if you need to. 

      Dampen the bisque well before applying or else the patch will peel away.

      Re-bisque before glazing. I have repaired students' handles and some of my own architectural work using this.

      Marcia

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  15. I'm new to the community. Hello :)

  16. its been a while, but how does one change the avatar?

    I noticed many people not using images. I have been searching for info on how to change avatar. Use to be easy..just "make this my avatar".

    So anyone know-how the new system allows changing the avatar?

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      it's not a glaze but salts and water on an absorbent surface of terra sig. great fun.

       

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  17. its been a while, but how does one change the avatar?

    I noticed many people not using images. I have been searching for info on how to change avatar. Use to be easy..just "make this my avatar".

    So anyone know-how the new system allows changing the avatar?

  18. Phooey--table top slab roller is "stuttering"--all bodies, all thicknesses.  Might be a broken sprocket. I hate having to take things apart and not being able to use something until I figure out what is wrong, how to fix it, and then do it, if I can.  

  19. Phooey--table top slab roller is "stuttering"--all bodies, all thicknesses.  Might be a broken sprocket. I hate having to take things apart and not being able to use something until I figure out what is wrong, how to fix it, and then do it, if I can.  

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      Marcia Selsor

      I have had 2 Baileys, dual rollers. Is yours dual rollers?

       

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  20. Phooey--table top slab roller is "stuttering"--all bodies, all thicknesses.  Might be a broken sprocket. I hate having to take things apart and not being able to use something until I figure out what is wrong, how to fix it, and then do it, if I can.  

  21. snowed yesterday morning. been working on 3 gallery opening May 11, June 1 and June 2. Madness. 

     

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      did you see my latest photo in the gallery. Sulphates and chlorides in saggars. I used what I learned from foil saggars and fired them hotter in ceramic saggars.

       

       

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  22. I'd like to inform the group that potter/author Richard Zakin has passed away. 

    Information at 

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/richard-zakin-obituary?pid=188704596

     

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Thank you. I shared it with others. he contributed quite a lot to ceramic knowledge through his books.

      Thanks for letting us know.

      Marcia

       

       

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  23. sleet , high winds and snow last night. Rain this afternoon and then more snow tomorrow. Planning to fire obvara on Tuesday.

     

     

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      Marcia Selsor

      The fires raging in OK are signs of the draught. We are expecting more snow later this week. I am going to fire saggars all day while I can.  The last snowfall missed us yesterday but dropped 10" on Great falls to the north. 

      M

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  24. sleet , high winds and snow last night. Rain this afternoon and then more snow tomorrow. Planning to fire obvara on Tuesday.

     

     

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      Marcia Selsor

      I had an unpredicted sunny day today and fired some saggars.  And firing a bisque with 3 larger pieces for more saggars.Tomorrow my obvara brew will be ready and friends are coming to fire with me. Yay. show pieces due  may 6. been sweating bullets with the weather.

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