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Marc McMillan

Member Since 30 Oct 2010
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In Topic: Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

07 April 2017 - 09:28 AM

I always remember the following quote when this question comes up. I often find it interesting what other people call us. I have a friend who is a painter. She refers to what I do as art. Others who only buy "art" would more likely call me a potter....or craftsman. If I were to take the quote as a truism then looking at this forum and the discussion surrounding all facets of this art it would be hard to conclude we all don't work with our heart. Therefore, we are artists all.
β€œHe who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
― Francis of Assisi

In Topic: Plastic Bat Issue

03 April 2017 - 03:12 PM

lots of good input. I may have missed someone say it, but you can also find some pads that go between the bat and wheel head. They are a thin spongy material that help the bat grip better. You can usually find them at any online pottery source or local shop...usually listed with the bats themselves. Pretty cheap too. Or I've heard people make them with similar material they had on hand.

good luck.

Keep at it. You'll get those cylinders down.


In Topic: That Time Is Approaching... How Hard Is It To Change Elements On An Olympic K...

20 March 2017 - 09:26 AM

I thought I would allow you to learn from my mistakes (I did it on my skutt).

Do not be overly efficient with your movements. I just started clipping off the wires from the elements with reckless abandon.

Unless you have a perfect memory, this is a bad strategy.

Take one element off at a time and rewire it. Otherwise you'll be spending quality time with the wiring diagram.


Overall it wasn't a difficult process once I got bast my bonehead mistake.


Marc Mc

In Topic: How Many People Here Subscribe To Magazines Like Ceramics Monthy, Studio Pott...

23 June 2016 - 09:23 AM

Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly here, but now that I see the others you listed....great...more magazines to get. ;)

In Topic: $700 Pacifica Wheel?

21 June 2016 - 02:54 PM

I have a GT400 and have abused it for years. I had to replace the pedal a couple years ago. Other than that...rock solid.