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Marc McMillan

Member Since 30 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 20 2017 10:24 AM
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In Topic: Electric Kiln In Garage?

12 June 2017 - 09:26 AM

Garage here too.

No vents - just fans and open doors. Never had any problems except the time a drycleaner bag blew onto the exterior of the kiln.

Marc


In Topic: Horse Hair Raku...what Can I Use Other Than Horse Hair?

01 June 2017 - 02:52 PM

I'm a fly fisherman so I have lots of fur and feathers on hand.

I've used all sorts of hair including moose, and even some from my dog. All work well.

I've found feathers to be tricky for me. Try to find a video done by Marcia. She used them to great success.

Marc


In Topic: Qotw: What Do You Listen To While Working In The Studio? Music, Tv, Talk Radi...

15 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

I put speakers in my garage/studio so I can listed to music. It just helps me be in the mood to have fun at the wheel.

Type of music you ask: basically everything except country and rap.

Marc Mc


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.

Marc