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Marcia Selsor

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  1. One way to patch soft brick holes was something mentioned on clayart years ago. I used this method when I was teaching at the U of Hawai Manoa. i - Use ITC diluted 50% with water are described on the directions. Soak the ceramic  fiber with ITC and push into holes, cracks, glue chunks back together. I repaired several kilns that had been neglected for sometime plus some were damaged during a flood in the previous semester. This worked great and no need for rods.

    Marcia Selsor 

  2. I read ages ago and use this method. Fill a 5 gallon or slightly smaller free ice cream buckets with water around a bag of stiff clay in the bag. Open the bag and put 1/4-1/2 cup water and re-seal the bag. let it sit overnight or for a few days. This really works. I also saw a method for softening pugged clay. Dampen tee shirts. Put the stiff pugs inside the tee shirts and lay them into a shallow plastic storage container (like for under the bed) . Put the lid on and wait 3-4 days. very evenly moisturized.



  3. My next online Alternative Firing Class starts July 1. Early Bird discounts on Registration Ends June 14. This course covers several firing techniques using Raku kilns: Raku, obvara, foil sagger, and ceramic sagger.  Also how to make fast terra sig, how to build a small Raku kiln, how to make crackle surfaces with sodium silicate. For more information, go to 
    https://teachinart.com/alternative-firing.html. and for description https://vimeo.com/205317659
    and here is how I fire large slabs in raku

    2Obvaraorangeblackcracks copy.jpg




  4. I use liquid latex to peel away. I have used both water base and ammonia base. I don't like the ammonia base. Besides using ceramic suppliers I sometimes use liquid latex for facial sculpture. It is brushable. I get it on eBay.  I  draw on slabs, paint the latex where I don't want glaze. Spray the background glaze. Peel off the latex and apply a thin line of luster. I use this primarily for Raku pieces.




  5. My favorite suppliers are Brackers, Archie Bray Clay Business, Aardvark, The Ceramics Store in Philly, Bailey for larger equipment, Axner's, U.S. Pigment, Alligator Clay, and Seattle Pottery.

    Never have had any problems with any of the above. Excellent customer service with Bailey's tech support.  Replaced a gear (my fault) on my slab roller, a controller on the rheostat on the foot pedal (has a name but I forget what it is) and the pressure gauge on my vacuum control on my pug ,mill which got broken when I moved to Texas in 2006.




  6. I think there are also calls for volunteers for locals to works registration  and other things.

    Old Lady, I wish I knew you were working in Tampa. I want to meet you face to face sometime. I did get to hang out with President some some of NCECA.

    And worked with him on the Potters Council Board jurying the K-12 show. It is great to meet social media friends face to face. Also met Glazenerd in Pittsburg.


  7. I'll be part of a panel on low firing process called "How Low Can You Go?" with Paul Wandless moderating, Russel Fouts, Judith Motzkin, and Ken Turner Friday at 10:45 Auditorium C.

    I have been attending NCECA since 1971.  The programming is overwhelming with 6 or more talks, panels etc going at once, plus the Fab Lab, trade show, exhibitions etc. I have presented on panels and given lectures from the history of Architectural ceramics from Central Asia to Spain and my partner, Stephanie Stephenson continued Part 2 with Architectural Ceramics from Colonial Mexico to Hollywood. This year, the Honoring Masters, those we have lost this year, include 4 of my  friends. That's what happens if you stick around long enough. There are constant demonstration, 

    NCECA is an amazing event and travels around the country. This year in Minneapolis, the Mingei Woodfired influence will be prevelant but so will many events emphasizing community and inclusion. If you live in the area, just trying to see the exhibitions would keep you bust for at least 2 weeks.You may not need the day pass for the shows except for free admission to the museums. The crowd is made up of about 6000 clay enthusiasts, professionals, educators, hobbyists, etc. There are lively clay talks in all the lobbies and bars. The trade show offers discounted books, tools, materials equipment, etc.

    It is worth the price of admission. I have been going over the bus routes for the shows, the program and talks for several days. Check out what is happening here.




  8. it looks a lot like my wood fired raku kiln from the 70s except I had a barrel on pulleys lined with fiber. 

    It was made of scrap bricks and was torn down regularly by neighborhood kids. The drawing of the design is in "Raku ; A Practical Approach , 2nd edition

    p 113.

    We split 2 x 4 scrap to fire. It did fire fast once we got the temperature for the first batch. My classes fired all day. The barrel sat on top of the cylindrical brick chamber. Mine was more tapered.






  9. Robert Peipenberg had a short video of trash can smoke firing using sawdust , wooden sticks , charcoal briquettes, newspaper, copper carb, etc. Holes in the sides at strategic places. Picasso of Loneliness mentioned the upside down can.. I had a guest artist, Tom Fresh, demonstrate this about 30+ years ago He said the magic ingredient for the black was a chunk of horse manure.

    Meanwhile, I think your goals are sawdust saggar firing like Peipenburg did. One woman whose sagger-fired work  I admire is Sinead Fagan of Ireland.


    Another is Judith Motzkin who will be on our panel at NCECA http://www.motzkin.com/ceramics.htm


  10. I have 2 friends , at least, who make a living with ^6 electric. Here are links to see their work: Sue Tirrell, Montana and Anne Fallis Elliot, Manitoba



    when Anne lived in NYC she sold at the Guggenheim gift shop among other place. Shereturned to manitoba after 30+ years of producing in NYC.

    Sue's work was recently on the cover of ceramics monthly. She retails her work across the US including shops at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Visions West in Livingsto and Bozeman , Montana, online galleries like the red lodge clay center. 





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