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Marcia Selsor

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  1. Lockerbies are like a Cadillac of wheels.. Smooth but very heavy. Once you put it in place, leave it there. Motorized Lockerbies I have known have a drive wheel that engages the fly wheel (you don't need to get it going first), and stopping it is done with your foot dragging on the fly wheel. Still the heavy fly wheel doesn't take long to get going with the motor, then you can disengage and the weight of the fly wheel keeps it going for a long time. They are a very good old fashion ed wheel.



  2. On 4/18/2018 at 9:09 AM, Rick Wise said:

    I need advice about terra sig.  What do you do (or what CAN you do) AFTER applying and polishing the piece with the terra sig?   Are they bisque fired only?  Can they be glazed and fired to cone 6?  How do you maintain the beautiful texture and sheen that the raw terra sig piece has but still get a functional piece of stoneware?

    your pieces look great. Terra sig was originally used to seal lowlier earthenware. Many artists today use it for a sculptural finish at higher temperatures. If you put a glaze on top of it, I would wonder why use it in the first place?

  3. I just posted some recent work I have in a show plus a piece on the poster..pot on far right. The last obvara pot, the tiles, the 2 marble white pieces all have terra sig on them.I use ball clay so it is not going to vitrify at ^06. The shine is somewhat lost but it still absorbs fumes which is what I am doing. I polish the saggar and the foil saggar with wax. the obvara is natural finish.


  4. 6 hours ago, oldlady said:

    lovely results!   you have been busy firing so maybe you missed the question about terra sig and what results look like.  are any of the pots you have posted done with terra sig and can you say how they were treated and fired?

    I did see that post but not what it looks like. The white marble pieces are ball clay TS. as well as the neck of the last obvara piece.and the tiles.I added the poster which also has ts on my pot on the right




  5. I have been busy with firing pieces for several exhibitions since the weather broke.  The obvara was pretty successful. I have been experimenting in the saggars using tiles as baffles to help hold combustibles in place. I am including two pieces of framed baffles because I find them so intriguing. the pots range from 8-12" in ht. I am using terra sig on the sagger pieces as well as on the smooth areas of the obvara pieces. I use ball clay TS so that it absorbs the obvara and the fuming in the saggars. I just added the poster for the Invitational show.






    obvaratallneck copy.jpg


  6. Dick, I usually just stir the TS after it has been sitting in between uses. Adding Mason stains is a different story. They tend to settle quickly from my experience. If you can keep the stains in solution while using, no problem.  I like Darvon 811 as a deflocculent.


  7. I prefer quiet and the sounds of nature. Even my heaters are silent. I have a dog and two cats for company. Nice view out the window looking at the ski runs on the mountain. I use to listen to classical guitar years ago in Texas , but then I grew to prefer all the birdsongs down there. I heard a new bird song one day and discovered love birds ( real name) in a palm tree. Here I heard the song of a new to me bird. Pairs of sand hill cranes flying around the neighborhood. 


  8. Minneapolis has a great clay center and good community, Asheville, NC, Philadelphia has the Clay studio and has been a great clay city. The clay studio is moving to a new location and expanding its space.  Missoula , Montana has an extremely well developed community clay center and lots of potters in the area. Red Lodge, Mt. has the Red Lodge Clay center with semi annual workshops. Tucson has an active clay community. Austin also has a very active clay community. 


  9. I built on that sounds similar back in 1971. I put 5 holes very small into the black pipe which ran perpendicular to the burner body. Used the drill press at the local HS shop.  The design was by Don Bendel from Flagstaff.. Cant find the original mimeograph handout of it. the body was 2" pipe wit a bell reducer on the front end and squirrel cage blower behind and a tin coffee can lid screwed onto the air intake for air control.

    Marc Ward makes great blowers and is very generous in answering questions. 


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