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Marc McMillan

Member Since 30 Oct 2010
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#124992 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by Marc McMillan on 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

#102374 Are You Brave Enough..

Posted by Marc McMillan on 21 February 2016 - 11:43 AM

I'm far from the neat one of the group. I have taken to wearing an apron as I used to just have a collection of old T-shirts that piled up in the studio and required a process to clean them. I've walked into the house after a session and my wife laughs as I have a smear of clay across my face and in my hair. Neat means you aren't working hard enough....right? It doesn't mean I'm a slob.

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#91388 Second Try, Wip Gallery Piece...

Posted by Marc McMillan on 25 August 2015 - 02:53 PM

I'm digging it and am 100% jealous of your ability!!!!



#87027 Feeling Discouraged?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 12 June 2015 - 03:01 PM

Whenever I have a bad day throwing I usually realize that I have allowed the bad thoughts (like from work) to plague my mind preventing me from just being there in the moment with my clay.

#75307 Anybody Else Get Pouty?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 12 February 2015 - 11:02 AM

Massage! Go see a Certified Massage Therapist. They are amazing. I went through a medical event that left me with extreme pain my legs and head. While the doctors were happy to get me addicted to pain meds, the CMT took the pain away.

Its worth your time.


#74325 Get Your Balls Ready!

Posted by Marc McMillan on 28 January 2015 - 03:58 PM

I was just thinking, "what the heck am I going to do to avoid watching the superbowl...and BAM here it is.


Throwing the Super Bowl!


Thank you!


#72914 What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 05 January 2015 - 04:00 PM

Depends on who I am talking with. Typically, I say Ceramic Artist. I especially use that descriptino when I am talking to a 2D biased art fan.

If I am talking to close friends, I will say Potter.

#72913 Does This Happen To You?

Posted by Marc McMillan on 05 January 2015 - 03:57 PM

Hmmmm .... Friends!?!

Those are part of my private collection.
It's pointless to give you a price since they are not for sale.
Those are not for sale. Period.
As for your seconds, hide them. If you can't bear to destroy them at least keep them hidden so they don't get the opportunity to sneak off and haunt you in later life.

If all else fails, offer to buy things around their house when you visit. : > )



I love the last thought. That seems like it could be fun. "Say, how much for this couch?" "I like these wine glasses...how much?"

You gave me a nice chuckle on my first day back in the office.

Thank you,


#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.