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Marcia Selsor Studio
Red Lodge, Montana
I explore burning materials that are absorbed into the surface or that become translated through the textured patterns. I use traditional forms while introducing elements of delicacy or the illusion of being indestructible.
My workspace is 650 sq. ft which includes my wheels, slab roller, mixer, pug mill, glaze making area, work tables, drying racks, I have a kiln shed with 3 electric kilns: the largest is a 20 cu. ft oval; 3 raku kilns: the largest is 18cu ft tophat.
What type of clay do you use?
Raku, porcelain, paperboy
What temperature do you fire to?
1300F up to ^6
What is your primary forming method?
Wheel and slab roller.
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Do you make any of your own tools?
Yes, many. Right Angle jig, ware carts on wheels, small wooden tools, raku kilns, molds, cogs, and as necessity dictates.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
Organic or natural.
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
What are your top three studio wishes?
Bigger windows, new back door, a different flow pattern.
What’s on your current reading list?
Art & Reform, Watercolour on Porcelain.
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Buy clay and chemicals locally
How do you recharge creatively?
Read, observe nature, take a workshop or residency.
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Keep it orderly and clean
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Pushing myself to throw larger light weight porcelain
What did you first piece look like?
Solid elegant forms with interesting and mysterious surfaces.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
Antigravity clay would really simplify the desired forms I am after.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Paula Winokur and Bill Daley. They have been great!
What is your studio playlist?
Miles Davis, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leo Kottke
Why do you create art?
It is my passion
What is your best studio tip?
Focus, pace your work
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
Read my mind