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Marc McMillan

Member Since 30 Oct 2010
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#71551 Trimming.

Posted by Marc McMillan on 09 December 2014 - 07:03 PM

Well Guinea,

I guess I'm also inthe minority. While hate might be a bit strong for me, trimming is definitely not my favorite part of the process. I look at it as a chore rather than a pleasure. I try to get the shape as close to what I want as possible without the need for trimming.




#70735 Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes

Posted by Marc McMillan on 25 November 2014 - 07:04 PM

I've used them with success. They dog go one like a dream. I love the Albany slip brown over texture. Tenmoku works well. Seaweed needs a thick coat and can look awesome. I've pretty much stopped using Ancient Jasper. It just doesn't work for me no matter how thick.


I fire them all to cone 5 with a 15 minute hold.

Good luck!


#69378 Exhibition Going Up, Pots, Plaques And Social Commentary

Posted by Marc McMillan on 05 November 2014 - 02:53 PM

Nice Marcia. I am very much digging the one with the "spilling" glaze. Very interesting concept that shows form and fluidity.

#67704 What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 13 October 2014 - 10:05 AM

I guess I would have to say Throwing. It's when you are in the groove and in sync with the clay. That feels so complete and connected. Of course, that's when it's going right. :)

#67352 What Do You Do To Energise Yourself In The Studio?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 06 October 2014 - 05:17 PM

Music works. Or get out of the studioe for a short time. I go joke around with my wife. That's always fun and a good laugh always moves my spirit.

#66950 Who Is Your Favorite Potter Or What Inspires You Most In Your Pottery?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 30 September 2014 - 04:20 PM

I've mentioned her before so forgive the duplication: Gabrielle Koch.

I have no idea how she does influence me, and I try not to 'copy' her work. But somewhere deep inside I'm sure her work has directed mine.


#65806 What Is Your Favorite Source Of Information? You Tubes, Magazines, Internet,...

Posted by Marc McMillan on 08 September 2014 - 02:59 PM

I love the days when I get a CM in the mail. I also get a lot of info from the internet, including this lovely forum.

Unfortunately, I've never had any real formal training....just lots and lots of clay.

When I get stuck, I take a step back and then push ahead.

#63841 What Is The Most Unconventional Item You Have Ever Used To Decorate Or Create...

Posted by Marc McMillan on 04 August 2014 - 12:44 PM

Air compressor? I covered a piece with slip and then "blew" some unique texture on the piece. Combine with a glaze that likes to break in cool ways...

#58855 Overfired Bisqueware, Any Way To Salvage?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 20 May 2014 - 09:14 AM

It's interesting the 05 clay survived.

#58667 Personal Pottery Video

Posted by Marc McMillan on 16 May 2014 - 03:04 PM

from a marketing guy's perspective I would say answer," what do you want to do/show with the video?" Is this a branding piece? if so, does it capture who you are?

I woudl say slow down...showing less in more detail may not be less overall.


From a lighting guy's perspective I would say you need more light. If you can work in that level great, but for people to read what is going on there I would say you need more light and don't forget the vertical surfaces. Our eyes are at the front of our face for a reason. A well lit vertical surface will read well and make the space feel bigger and more comfortable.


Good job overall. :)

#56386 Firing Organic Additions To Clay

Posted by Marc McMillan on 09 April 2014 - 02:54 PM


Is that how you get the lovely surfaces on some of the pieces on your site?

Very cool.


#50854 First Firing Of This Here Electric-To-Propane/wood/soda Converted Kiln

Posted by Marc McMillan on 23 January 2014 - 03:56 PM

You can't see me but I have my Jealous face on. :D

#50766 Which Artist Would You Love To Work Beside In Their Studio For One Week? Wh...

Posted by Marc McMillan on 22 January 2014 - 06:41 PM


Miguels work is quite intriguing. Thank you for sharing. I'm going to have to brush up on my spanish so I can get more out of his site.

I'm really digging the wall pieces.



#50698 Which Artist Would You Love To Work Beside In Their Studio For One Week? Wh...

Posted by Marc McMillan on 21 January 2014 - 04:02 PM

Gabriele Koch in the UK.http://www.gabrielek...co.uk/index.htm

Her work just speaks to me and always has.

While she does mostly handbuilding and I wheel work I'd absorb everything she had to offer.

I'd mop the floors to spend time in that studio.


#47185 Foil Saggar Results

Posted by Marc McMillan on 05 December 2013 - 11:16 AM

ditto on the precautions. I wear a respirator whenever I am within 20' of the kiln.

I've also taken to wearing full goggles and tyvec suite when I apply the ferric. Little droplets seem to get everywhere. I figure getting that stuff in the eyes should be avoided. ;)