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Marcia Selsor

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  1. pugaboo said 2. Bisque molds. I started out like Marcia using dry clay molds and then when I was completely happy I used that to create 8 bisque molds by rolling out a slightly thicker slab and forming, then just bisque firing them.


    I don't use bisque molds . I used plaster molds at first with plywood rings to sandwich the slab. Then I was giving many workshops and flying with plaster was ridiculous. So Now I sandwich the slab, prop up the plywood rings and let the slab drop into a large hump shaped form in the air!



  2. Wheels: Stuart and Bailey. I have had my bailey for about 17 years. Replaced some belts once and I blame that on a toxic environment that rotted the rubber off the wheels of my casters, soles of shoes, nylon off bags, etc. I think it was from the Matamoros MX dump. Anyway, My wheel is great, quiet and slow. I don't like fats wheels. The legs are adjustable. Also replaced the potentiometer with some guidance from superb customer support. I have a lot of Bailey equipment.



    Kilns: I have 2 Super Axners 11 years old with over the top insulation, its coated elements. They are built by Olympic and the bigger one is no longer made. There are a lot of good kilns out there. Consider buying close to your location , if possible.I bought a Crucible test kiln off the floor at NCECA about 20+ years ago.Change a switch once. Fired to ^7 a lot. Same toxic environment corroded the bottom band off the base segment. But it still fires just fine.




  3. my article about making hump molds was in PMI May/June 2008




    Maybe you can find a copy.

    Pottery Making Illustrated May/June 2008


    Cover: Amy Santoferraro


    All-Access and Web-Edition Subscribers can view/download this issue here.

    Buy this back issue—$3.99 (PDF only).



  4. If you want to see an amazing collection of SW indigenous pottery, the Heard Museum is fantastic. -In Phoenix. http://heard.org







    And then there in the ceramics Research center on ASU campus



  5. a some of my early tools were rosewood. That seems to be what they were making them out of in the 60s. I still have some of them. I have my first french fingers, two of them and they are 50 years old. I don't use them one everything, just narrow holes on orbs or long necked bottle shapes or the flat end for textured patters.

    They feel very elegant to hold.I never oiled them.




  6. Glad to hear you are progressing with your foot.


    I love porcelain. I don't mind going back to other clays like raku or stoneware of terra cotta, but my favorite is Coleman porcelain of ^6 Frost. next to them is Nara ^6 and ^10. I am about to try babu porcelain. On my way back from NCECA I plan to pick up some ^6 porcelain at Archie Bray. testing the local supply sources.

    When I was a Junior in college in 1968,I made up a porcelain body and threw a teapot with over the top handle. It slumped in the ^9 firing to give it a very "relaxed" posture. My mother kept it for years. She thought it was very funny.



  7. I don't think an unfired glaze would be food safe. I can't really say since I don't know what they are. But the chemical fluxing and fusing that occurs on kiln fired pots does fuse the chemicals. The are food safe as long as the correct non-toxic chemicals are used and fired correctly. Read the labels on the oven glaze jars. Also, not sure what kind of clay would be functional baked in the domestic oven.


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