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Marc McMillan

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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from LeeU in inventory #'s   
    I did indeed tell her that she was right. No sense in denying she is smarter than me.
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Hulk in inventory #'s   
    I did indeed tell her that she was right. No sense in denying she is smarter than me.
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    Marc McMillan reacted to LeeU in inventory #'s   
    Holy cannoli...a guy who actually put this in writing!! Has your beloved seen the post? If not, you'd probably raise your hubby-value considerably if you let her read it.  (Yeah, I know, off-topic...just couldn't resist.)
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    Marc McMillan reacted to JohnnyK in No shelves   
    Try to find a more accommodating studio...
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    Marc McMillan reacted to GEP in Pricing my work?   
    You believe your work is reasonably priced, but this is not enough to justify any price. Lots of artists make this mistake. The truth lies in how the market is responding to your work. If your work is piling up in your studio, then your partner is right. If your work is moving steadily, then you are right. 
    There is no right or wrong here. The right answer is different for every artist. 
    It sounds like your work is moving, and therefore you should stand your ground when someone asks for a discount. 
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Kathy P in Dispose, smash, trash - what do you do with the "fired but unfit" pieces?   
    They generally get a 'hard' drop into the trash can.
    I've been a lot better at culling them well before they get to that stage, however.
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Pres in Dispose, smash, trash - what do you do with the "fired but unfit" pieces?   
    They generally get a 'hard' drop into the trash can.
    I've been a lot better at culling them well before they get to that stage, however.
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Qotw: What’S Your Family Like?   
    I'm fortunate to have a very supportive family.  Mom and Dad always want to see the latest work and comment on it. Mom often leaves with a piece to adorn her home (she has many) at the "I gave birth to you" price.
     
    Mom has contracted me to make things for her friends and has passed out cards as much if not more than I.
     
    Family members will take photos of ceramics during their travels to inspire me.
     
    During college I had an interesting conversation with my father on the topic of "what do you want to do?" I told him I wanted to write poetry. He thought for a while (perhaps thinking of his daughter who got a history degree but didn't go into teaching, or the other son who went to the culinary academy, but didn't become a chef.) He looked at me and said, "go into marketing. You can write on the weekend. Being poor is no fun." While I don't write much anymore I do get me artistic outlet with my pottery and I get to share it with my loving family.
     
    I had an aunt who passed away and she was the best. She was always very interested in my work. Some thought her comments and questions too abrupt or even rude, but I always felt she just asked the hard questions to get me to think deeper about what and why I was doing something.
     
    So...what is my family like?  They are awesome! Don't get me started on how awesome my wife is.....
    Marc Mc
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Qotw: What’S Your Family Like?   
    I'm fortunate to have a very supportive family.  Mom and Dad always want to see the latest work and comment on it. Mom often leaves with a piece to adorn her home (she has many) at the "I gave birth to you" price.
     
    Mom has contracted me to make things for her friends and has passed out cards as much if not more than I.
     
    Family members will take photos of ceramics during their travels to inspire me.
     
    During college I had an interesting conversation with my father on the topic of "what do you want to do?" I told him I wanted to write poetry. He thought for a while (perhaps thinking of his daughter who got a history degree but didn't go into teaching, or the other son who went to the culinary academy, but didn't become a chef.) He looked at me and said, "go into marketing. You can write on the weekend. Being poor is no fun." While I don't write much anymore I do get me artistic outlet with my pottery and I get to share it with my loving family.
     
    I had an aunt who passed away and she was the best. She was always very interested in my work. Some thought her comments and questions too abrupt or even rude, but I always felt she just asked the hard questions to get me to think deeper about what and why I was doing something.
     
    So...what is my family like?  They are awesome! Don't get me started on how awesome my wife is.....
    Marc Mc
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    Marc McMillan reacted to Marcia Selsor in In Response To 9Warnings Signs Of An Amateur Artist, 20 Quotes From Childrenss Books Every Adult Should Know   
    My sister posted this on Facebook. Think, considering the discussion in the Business section, that this is more appropriate here. Enjoy! When I teach, one thing that is absolutely necessary is intellectual curiosity. I think it helps develop creativity. This seems to fit into these 20 quotes.
     
     
    http://encurious.com/post/90982259223/quotes-from-childrens-books
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Stone Spiral in Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art   
    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.     “He 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
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from LeeU in Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art   
    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.     “He 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
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Roberta12 in Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art   
    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.     “He 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
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from flowerdry in Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art   
    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.     “He 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
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Pres in Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art   
    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.     “He 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
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Min in Are You Brave Enough..   
    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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    Marc McMillan reacted to Cavy Fire Studios in Cute Fox Bowl Wip (As Requested)   
    This bowl measures about 10" across and 3" tall. It's for my fella, who fancies himself a fox with corgi colors, and has a fondness for tea and coffee. ♥
    Main colors are Duncan EZ and Mayco Underglaze. Blacks are Clay Art Center's baltic black A and Amaco's black velvet (watered down for shading). This is greenware, Clay Art Center's X-Tra White.


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    Marc McMillan reacted to Denice in Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?   
    Like Marcia I retired at 50 the women in my family rarely live past 64, I just turned 63 and doing quite well with the new MS medicine.  We decided to build our dream workshops and house, found a lot with a view and wildlife.  I can go out to my workshop open the blinds and get a lot of sunshine and a occasional deer running by. Who could ask for more, living the dream.   Denice
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    Marc McMillan reacted to Cavy Fire Studios in Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?   
    I was living my dream. I worked my bum off and made beautiful things. I barely had money to scrape by, but I WAS getting by. I was happy. I wasn't in a cubicle, and I made all the rules. Success or failure all depended solely on MY actions, on my drive, and my work ethic.
     
    However, that paragraph was written in the past tense. I don't have that anymore.
     
    Here's hoping I finally get on a biologic and will be given my life again.
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    Marc McMillan reacted to Evelyne Schoenmann in Favorite Websites   
    I was tempted to post my own website...
     
    But I rather post the one of a Spanish friend of mine: http://www.bustosescultura.es/
     
    He has a lot of imagination and knows how to transfer it into clay!
     
    Evelyne
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Second Try, Wip Gallery Piece...   
    I'm digging it and am 100% jealous of your ability!!!!
     
    Marc
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    Marc McMillan reacted to Chilly in Community Challenge #3   
    Haha, I've never made anything that finished "perfectly" round, so should be OK for this one. 
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    Marc McMillan reacted to oldlady in Throwing Thickness   
    don't form your own opinion based on someone else's ignorance.
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    Marc McMillan reacted to Amy Eberhardt in Feeling Discouraged?   
    That happens to me too Marc. On those days I have to do one of two things: Either shut it all down and walk away, or put on some good music, pour myself a nice glass of wine, and put my mind in a whole different direction. "Mind-set" is everything in pottery. If your head and heart aren't in it, nothing will turn out right.
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    Marc McMillan got a reaction from Amy Eberhardt in Feeling Discouraged?   
    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.
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