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20-2022 – Marcia Selsor – Soluble Salts in Low Fire Saggers

May 15 – 21 2022

Handbuilding or throwing, saggarfirings.


20-2022 – Marcia Selsor – Soluble Salts in Low Fire Saggers


In this hands-on workshop Marcia Selsor will share her vast experience of alternative firing processes. We will experiment with sagger and firing in combination with terra sigillata and the use of salts and soaking organic materials as colorants, obtaining beautiful designs and colors in delicate hues. We will also make work to be fired in saggers for soluble salts and Obvara which requires exploring textural surfaces and sculptural forms.

Techniques taught

We will start with pre-made test tiles to see color results, consequently each person will have several test tiles to take home. Participants will make at least 2-4 pieces for the sagger firing and additional 2-4 pieces for the foil saggers. This will provide each person with the opportunity to experiment with each process. Participants may choose to either hand build or work on the wheel.Firstly, the ceramic pieces created will be appropriate for picking up the fumed patterns on the surfaces; secondly they will be of a size to fit into the saggers. When they dry we will apply Terra sig, burnish and bisque. We will use collected organic material, copper wire and sawdust to be smoked and fumed inside with the pieces. These pieces will be fired in a raku kiln.


Some knowledge of ceramic chemicals is desirable. Participants will bring several pieces with them that are burnished bisque ware.

Teaching method

Throughout the workshop, Marcia Selsor will demonstrate the processes and assist participants in mastering the techniques. All results obtained will be discussed and analysed indepth.

The Artist

Marcia Selsor is a Professor Emerita at Montana State University-Billings where she taught for twenty-five years. Selsor has received two Fulbright Scholars’ Awards: Spain 1985-86 and Uzbekistan 1994. She has had 12 studio residencies including: The Banff Center for Creative Arts, Canada; La Meridiana in Italy, The Philadelphia Clay Studio, US; Archie Bray Foundation, US;, AIR Vallauris, France,; and CRETA -Roma, Italy. Her work is in public collections in 11 countries on three continents. Her work has been featured in numerous books and magazine and won numerous awards. She has taught workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Spain, France, Scotland and Italy; served on the Boards of the National Council of Education of Ceramic Art (NCECA) and the Potters Council (now ICAN) of the American Ceramics Society. She lives in Red Lodge, Montana. www.marciaselsorstudio.com


Marcia Selsor


May 15 – 21 2022

Length of course

5 days


Handbuilding, Throwing


Some experience required

Total cost:

Euro 1300,00

Deposit for booking:

Euro 400,00

Additional info

The course fee includes the following
Tuition of  6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 230 euros
Welcome dinner, welcome breakfast and final dinner
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days

Payment - Refund Policy

A deposit is required upon registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the on-line payment of the deposit.  If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed upon accreditation of the deposit in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.


You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The building is sanitized and the daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed. Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.