A Short Introduction about Marcia
Marcia Selsor taught at Montana State University-Billings from 1975-2000. She was awarded Professor Emerita status by the Montana Board of Regents. She also taught at University of Hawaii-Manoa and University of Texas-Brownsville. She began her career in ceramics with a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art 1970 studying under Bill Daley, Petras Vaskys, and Paula Winokur. She received an MFA at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 1974 where she studied with Nick Vergette and worked on his commission, a fountain assembly named Osiris in the reflecting pool for the Federal Building in Memphis. This was the first 1% for Art project funded. She was elected to the Board of NCECA as a Director-at-large in 1990; to the Board of Directors on the Potters Council in 2007 and 2015; and served as President of the Potters Council in 2008. Her studio is in Red Lodge , Montana. She enjoys experimenting with alternative firing processes, thrives on living in Montana and is especially inspired by the wild horses of the Pryor Mountains and other wildlife. She has been teaching online courses through Teachingart.com since 2016 and teaches several workshops a year focusing on Alternative Firing processes.
Residencies in the US include: The Grail in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana; Mary Anderson Center in St. Francisville, IN.; The Clay Studio in Phila; Other residencies outside the US include Banff Center in Alberta, Canada; The Straumur Artists’ Commune in Hafnjorfordur, Iceland; La Meridiana in Italy; AIR Vallauris, France; CRETA Rome, Italy. Other international experiences include: a 12-month Fulbright Research Award to Spain ’85-85 documenting traditional practices of Folk potters in 48 rural locations; participating in the first Artists exchange with the former Soviet Union in ’91 at Dzintari in Jurmala, Latvia at the invitation of Petras Martinson; presenting as an invited speaker on medieval imagery at the conference Camino de Santiago, Via de la Plata in Zamora, Spain ’91; two month-long ceramics symposia in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in ’92 and ’93; a Fulbright research and teaching award to the Tashkent Institute of the Arts in ’94; teaching workshops in Spain from ’95-99 and in Italy from 2001-present; participating in symposia at El Torn in Barcelona 2016 and La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy 2018.. She has presented at NCECA on four separate occasions and will be presenting on an NCECA panel, How Low can you Go?, in Minneapolis in 2019.
Welcome to my Webpage
I am developing this page to provide information about myself as a ceramic artist, how-to information about firing processes, contact information for workshops, and a gallery of various techniques that I have used over the years.
I celebrated working in clay for half a century in 2016. I find the medium to provide a direction of pursuit in creative processes that never fades. Bare with me as these pages continue to develop and provide more information on alternative processes. Select from the drop-down menu in the subjects above to navigate to topics of your interests.I will continue to add different processes and techniques plus upcoming events, so come back and visit from time to time.I update workshops, exhibitions, and activities regularly.