The WyzGuy Radio Show with Jason Michael -Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur

The WyzGuy Radio Show is dedicated to Educating and Inspiring through conversations with todays top-talents in the world of glass. Along with Artists, Host Jason Michael shares conversations with experts in areas pertaining to law, health, and business in hopes to bring light to areas of concern. Whether its heavy metal toxins, paying taxes, or how to properly set up a glass studio, we have a ton of fun in store for you.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
The WyzGuy Radio Show with Jason Michael -Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur





All Episodes
Now displaying: Page 1
Aug 9, 2018
Episode 199 (Part 2.): JB vs. Lerker... The Path to Diversified Creativity
- continuing education is key to unlock the path towards mastery 
Part-2 starts at the conceptual point of his line "The Lerker" that led to His time teaching and accompanied gallery opening that showcased his current body of work.
Continuing education is key to unlocking the path towards mastery  
Hey hey hey hey!!!!   Thanks for tuning in to Episode 199.  This interview has been chopped into two episodes as they cover the last 7-years of Jarred’s glass journey.   In Part 1 we cover his beginnings up to his first solo class that he taught as well as his first gallery show which were held on the same weekend at Zen Glass Studios in St.Petersburg, Fl.    This interview has been in the works for sometime now and being that JB is my brother it seemed like it was time to bring him on. He’s super talented and has a great perspective and thoroughly shares his ups and downs.   
Truly Hope you enjoy our conversation and don’t forget to check his work out on Instagram @jb_glass and @lerk_the_world 
Bumper music was created and produced my Joe Skar  @skarglass

Help support the show for a little as $12.00 a Year
by becoming a WYZASS

Huge Thanks to our Sponsors
Mountain Glass Arts and The Flow Magazine
Aug 3, 2018
Episode 199 Part 1: JB - Lerking in a World Of Glass 
Hey hey hey hey!!!!   Thanks for tuning in to Episode 199.  This interview has been chopped into two episodes as they cover the last 7-years of Jarred’s glass journey.   In Part 1 we cover his beginnings up to his first solo class that he taught as well as his first gallery show which were held on the same weekend at Zen Glass Studios in St.Petersburg, Fl.    This interview has been in the works for sometime now and being that JB is my brother it seemed like it was time to bring him on. He’s super talented and has a great perspective and thoroughly shares his ups and downs.   
Part 2-will start at the conceptual point of his line that led to his class and galary show.    
Truly Hope you enjoy our conversation and don’t forget to check his work out on Instagram @jb_glass and @lerk_the_world 
Huge Thanks to our Sponsors Mountain Glass Arts and The Flow Magazine
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 198: Generating revenue in the "Shared Economy"- (On the Road Edition)
While behind the torch there is nothing worse then stressing about anything, especially bills. On this episode I discuss the different aspects and the importance of keeping a day job or generating revenue until you can TRULY afford to support yourself as a full-time glass artist.
Dave Ramsey, who has helped millions get out of debt and changed families finances for the last two decades, preaches the importance of an emergency fund. He describes the emergency fund as this... "An emergency fund is simply money you’ve set aside for unexpected events in life. We’re talking about true emergencies here, like a car wreck, a hospital visit, or a leaky’re self-employed, or you earn straight commission, then a six-month emergency fund is probably a better idea for you since a job loss could make you unable to pay the bills."  Dave suggests 3-6 months worth of savings should be able to pay all of your bills, groceries and any other necessity that will get you through whatever emergency you may have.        
When starting any business you should already have put away 90-days of savings to pay for the business expenses alone in the case you have Little to No sales. That way you can at least pay the rent, keep the power on and hope that patrons visit and spend money. In the case of the self employed artist  you should have 2-separate accounts, one personal and one-business, each containing a 90-day emergency fund.  This all depends on the type of business you have whether solo-preneur or a larger scaled business with lots of overhead. Either way there are many variables for each situation that will ultimately decide which type of  emergency fund is nedded.
The 3-6 month emergency fund is there to get you through the slow months but also there in case you burn yourself and can't work for a few days or even worse, weeks. What if you severed a nerve in your hand from a sharp rod of glass or something even as simple as slipping and landing on your wrist and spraining it.  If you can't take the time off to allow your body to heal the injury will be prolonged and inevitably not heal properly. Below is a simple method to help you calculate how much you will need to put in savings.
Here's a way to calculate you basic needs for the business: Sit down and write everything you pay to keep your shop running. This includes you average oxygen and propane costs, power(if it's separate from the house or at a studio location), average material bill(refer to B), rent (if paying), est monthly shipping costs, etc..
Once you have this written down plug your number into the PDF form I've made available for printing. You should have a folder dedicated to your business expenses to be able to keep track of your monthly average expenses.  REMEMBER- This is a monthly average so you need to take into consideration the slow times and busy times plus the importance of keeping your books up to date.  This will make the process of calculating these expenses simplified.      PDF LINK
I hope this helps you think about the seriousness of saving.  This is an area that isn't easy to start but once you do it becomes routine and habit.  Art is supposed to be enjoyed. Even wen its production. There is no reason to be stressed out while being creative as it will hinder your imagination and your glass will know it.  Free yourself with a safety net and feel proud that you busted your butt and were able to save a substantial amount of money. This might take 3 to 6 to 9 months to accomplish but as Dave Ramsey says "Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.    Good luck..You got this
any questions check out Dave Ramsey's website and give his syndicated show or podcast a listen
Jul 15, 2018
Episode 197: Noah Loudon- Seeing glass from an Architectural Perspective

Bio: Born mothers day May 11, 1996 in Greenbre, California. Attended Hampshire college for 2 years. I began working with borosilicate glass in May of 2015. My now close friend Sky Hayze was selling his work at a small college Saturday market. I introduced myself and was blown away that he had created the glass pieces in front of me. From then on I slowly began to obsess over the glass more and more. It is now my center and growing into a full time career.
You can find Noah on Instagram @loudon_glass

Support the Show
For a little as $1.00 a month you can help the show grow and become a WyzA$$. Those who contribute $5.00 and up a month will have access to exclusive content and tutorial videos as my way of saying THANK YOU!
Huge Thanks to our Members
Randy @nippersinkglass and Dan @sodarust

To Submit question for MIke Souza please send them TO
Check out Mike's interview Episode 121

Mountain Glass Arts
July 2018 sales:
Boro sale- Chinese rod and tube, color and clear 40% off (no code required)
Soft Glass sale- Double Helix 15% off (use code DHELIX)
Jun 25, 2018
Episode 196: Josh St.George- Talking Family, Glass, and Winning Round-1 in Season 2 Tournament of Fire

     I've been on the torch since I was 12 years old when I started making marbles in a family owned workshop. From there I worked my way up using the name Yoshi glass since I was always jumping around. As I grew and matured in life and in my art I took more pride in my given name and now sign all my work "St George." I like to challenge myself to try to make new designs, using my old techniques and making new ones as I go. When I'm not on the torch I build up my 4x4 truck, work on my house, my RC trucks and spend time with my with wife and baby girl. I love being a glass artist and having the opportunity to balance work and play. There is a constant evolution in this industry and I'm excited to see where it takes us.-St.George
find Josh on Instagram
also The creators of @Tournament_of_Fire @cherryglass


support the show by becoming a 
Wyz A&& 
on our Patreon page

   Contact Jason Michael at
Jun 19, 2018

Episode 195:Josh(Smitty)- Co-Owner of Smokin Smittys smoke shop  with 3-locations in Montana. Bozeman-Billings-Butte.  You can find them on Instagram @smokin_smittys     

They are the Winning smoke shop Sponsor of Artist Josh St.George who won 1st place in the first round of Season 2 in The Tournament of Fire. An online social media glass blowing competition .  Check out @tournament_of_fire on Instagram

Smokin' Smittys won "Smoke Shop of the Year" at this years 2018 GlassVegas trade show.  In celebration GlassVegas is throwing a party with demonstrations by glass artists Hic Dogg, Tammy Baller, and Bob Harley Dawg with special guest Lacey St. George (Laceface) 8/18/18

contact me : with your entry for naming the new podcast focused on the smoke shop owners journey.

Jun 12, 2018
Episode 194: Geremiah Benge- Finding diversity to be the key to success
Bio: I'm Geremiah Benge of Benge Bang Glass. I'm 23, born in Houston, Tx and raised in the far out skirts in a town called Livingston. I've always had this drawing passion for all art, whether it be pencil drawings, music, or most currently, lampworking. I was enticed into the flame a little over a year ago by a good friend, and have been on this whirlwind journey ever since. As a dwarf amongst giants, I feel I am making my own way and forging friendships in the glass community that I wouldn't be able to do without putting myself out there and being knowledgeable about my trades. Whether my inspiration be this podcast, nature, or even dungeons and dragons, I isolate it, and execute what's in my thoughts. A quote I live by is from the football player Emmitt Smith. "All men are created equal, some work harder in preseason."
Go Follow Geremiah on Instagram:
find Geremiah's epsiode page on


If you would like to help support the show become as WYzAss by making a contribution for a little as $1.00/month 
  Exclusive content coming soon 
Support the Podcast


Contact me @
Jun 4, 2018


Episode 193: Kevin Beecher-East Coast MELT

Kevin was born In 1976 and has been blowing glass for close to 21 years. He learned the basics of lampworking in  Arcata, California before returning to Pennsylvania and continued to learn this art on his own.  FInd out more about Kevin in his interview.

find Kevin on Instagram @kevinbeecherglass

Follow the entire MELT team while you're at it:
Paul Katherman @paullietwofingers
Josh Mazet @cone12flat
Todd Dunlap @tdunlapglass
Shawn Gold

East Coast Melt

     Come spend five days at Independent Lake Camp in Northeastern PA on September 10th - 14th, 2018, surrounded with like minded people. Not only will you get to see some of the best glassblowing in the country, but you'll also have access to as much torch time as you can handle. Learn from established artists through glass demonstrations and informative seminars. Come with a group and stay in one of the summer camp style cabins on site--complete with full baths and electricity. When you wake up, our kitchen staff will be prepared to provide you with three square meals a day, as well as late-night snacks. We will keep you fed, as you will need your energy to handle the many activities available at this camp. Including, but not limited to, a skate park, BMX track, paddle boats, canoeing and kayaking. To cap off each night, enjoy DJs throughout the week in the torch tent area. Be prepared for a couple great bands on Friday night and a spectacular fireworks display. Think of it as a summer camp for glass blowers. It's going to be the experience of a lifetime.

for more info about MELT goto


May 28, 2018
     Episode 192:Rex Estrada- The love of science and exploration from the perspective of a glass artist

     Rex Estrada is co-owner of Blissful Glass with his wife Alaina who is a talented artist on her own and helps keeping the business running smoothly.

     Rex started blowing glass at the age of 14 as a hobby and has been in love with it ever since. His hobbies outside of glass are gardening and inventing.  He enjoys researching and discovering new things everyday. Whether it is learning how to take care of his garden like making his own soil and saving seeds or listening to the newest information being released on his favorite podcasts. Rex has many passions that cover many spectrum's of science and wants to help influence positive change in the world.
Find Rex on Instagram @blissfulglass
links to topics discussed in our chat


If you'd like to help support the show and become a Wyz A%% you can for as little as $1.00 a month. 


Apr 25, 2018
Episode 191: Steven Geller-From Weekend Warrior to Full-time Artist 
This weeks episode was a ton of fun to record. Steven and I had a great chat about his early beginnings as a weekend warrior glass blower to where he is now as a full-time artist.  He finds that his favorite items to make are customs made for a specific person.  He shares how he was able to go from working a full-time job as a delivery driver to behind the torch full-time as well as some fun ideas on marketing and selling your glass.   
You can find Steven on Instagram @stellerglass 
If you’d like to subscribe and receive a 15% discount on your first purchase of our newest line of Theme Park inspired t-shirts just use the link below to sign up. Our shop will be officially open May 4th
To become a WYZASS and help support the show you can visit our Patreon account and help out the show for as little as $1.00/month 
My name is Steven Geller (Steller) born and raised in stockton California.  I was introduced to the flame at the end of 2002 at the age of 18 and began my own journey in March of 2003 at 19. I learned sorta cave Man style with a lot of trial and error but came to be what I am now because of the friends I have who don’t accept “good enough”. Starting a family young I was a weekend warrior glass blower working all week and getting only my free time which was scarce to blow glass.  It was my one true hobby until 2015 when I was convinced by some friends to try a trade show and with no time to work I managed to make enough glass to convince my self I could make a living. I’ve since won 2nd place in the 2017 glassblowers challenge which is a team event at acala glass studio in Oakland ca then the following year won 1st is the 2018 glassblowers challenge.  I’ve participated in a couple Boro derby’s now, the most recent of which being at the glass Vegas event where I managed to get recognized with 2 award for my derby car. My education is actually very limited.  Until sitting in a salt lesson at east coast Melt 2 years ago I’ve never really experienced a class setting in the art but over the past few years getting out more and collaborating with more and more artists I have had the opportunity to ask questions and learn so much in a short period of time...
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 190: Lacey (Laceface) St. George..."Elements of a Warrior"

     Lacey (LaceFace) St. George was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was exposed to the blossoming art form of glass blowing and pipe making from an early age. Determined from the beginning to create beauty, Lacey fell in love with the color, fluidity, and form of glass the moment she began working on the torch in 2004.
     Lacey spent the next several years concentrating on her growing skills as a glass artist while simultaneously putting herself through school. After graduating with an associate degree in the Arts, she become heavily involved in the expanding glass pipe art movement. In 2009, Lacey began attending several trade shows and flame off competitions around the country, her dedication was rewarded by her receiving several of  the pipe industries highest honor’s and awards of achievements. Wishing to evolve her artistry even further, Lacey St. George found that collaborations with her friends and peers helped her to accomplish creative and innovative artworks and also enable her to think and work outside of her comfort zone. Now Lacey creates with many of the industries most renowned artists, motivated as a community leader to push the limitations of glass art. Her modern masterpieces of glass art exemplify the power and spirit of this amazing woman and also speak volumes for her determination to succeed as a leading woman in the male dominated glass art industry.  
The medium of glass is my doctrine, teaching me the ways of patience, discipline, and determination.  Daily I praise the fluid like forms while dancing with the flames, willing them to speak, and to show me the light.           -Lacey St. George


Follow Lacey on Instagram @lacefaceglass    







Apr 1, 2018

Episode 189- Pedro Grime..Accelerated Learning Through Necessity

     "Here is a brief summary and why you may or may not like my pipes. I was born and raised in Los Angeles California before moving and settling to Colorado Springs with my wife. My wife has four children, myself included. I became obsessed with glass the moment I tried melting boro in December of 2013. Since starting I have had the honor of placing at several Champs glass games events as well as a Firepower Production event. I enjoy the Neverending lessons that glass has to offer as they are the only thing that seems the quell the voices raging inside."-Pedro





Thank you to our Sponsors and here is where you can find them on the web.. 













Mar 16, 2018
 Episode 188 Terry Sharp... Grand Champion of the First Annual “Tournament of Fire” 
I started blowing glass in 1997 in Eugene, Oregon making bowl slides for JBD with my friends Carter Masters and Sunny. In 1999 I relocated to Indianapolis and made various production pipes for local shops. 2008 I took a class with Marcel and Jason Lee they catapulted my skills and gave me the confidence to make more complex pieces. After that I continued to make production and art pieces and take classes with other great artists for several years. 2014 I moved to Denver and with the help of social media continued to spread my works all across the world.  -Terry Sharp
you can find Terry's work on instagram @terrysharp
help support the podcast by becoming a "WyzAss" on our Patreon page for as little as $1.00 a month 
contact me for any questions
The Flow Magazine has extended their deadline for  the "Marble and Paperweight" Summer Edition till March 30 for submissions. 
Submitted photos must be high res images (at least 300 dpi) 
Fill out the attached form below or put your email and contact info in an email with your image ans send directly to Maureen's email-
Summer 2018: Marbles and Paperweights
This issue is dedicated to the orb, marbles, and paperweights. Any style of marble or paperweight at any skill level
(beginner, intermediate, and advanced) submission will be considered for publication. Gallery entries, general
interest stories, plus health, safety or technical articles, as well as tutorials are welcomed. 
Deadline: March 30, 2018 Magazine Release Date: June 15, 2018
submission form link
Mar 8, 2018

Episode 187- Eric Goldschmidt..Don’t limit yourself by being a one-trick-pony

Erics bio :
Working as a candle maker for a few years, Eric’s interest in molten media was born in 1993. After three years of working with wax, flameworking found him. In 1996, Eric’s roommate set up a torch in their garage and Eric became captivated by the processes and possibilities of flameworking. Throughout the past 21 years he has devoted his efforts to practicing and developing the techniques of several well-known glass instructors, while studying and assisting with many of the World’s most talented glass artists. These experiences have given him a vast array of techniques from which to draw. He combines this wealth of knowledge with his own interests in the subtle energies of the natural world, delicate forms, and the capture of raw human emotions to create original new works.
Eric held the position of Resident Flameworker at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass for six years where he was able to share his knowledge and passion for glass with thousands of students and museum visitors. He then worked with Arribas Brothers Company where he designed, developed, and produced works at Walt Disney World. He returned to The Corning Museum of Glass in the spring of 2008 to accept a position as Team Leader of the Flameworkers, and he is currently the Supervisor of Properties of Glass Programs. This position allows him to develop demonstrations that help to educate, inspire, and spread the word of the very fascinating glass World to hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Of course, Eric will always be dedicated to the expression of his own voice through his favorite medium of glass. He continues to exhibit his work and teach both in the United States and abroad.

Contact @ericsglass on Instagram

Don’t forget to leave us a review on which ever podcast app your listening to whether ITunes , Stitcher or another platform.

If you’d like to become a “WyzAss” and help support the show you can do so by going to our Patreon page and do so for as little as $1.00 a month. All proceeds go directly back into the show and help offset some of the costs associated with producing this podcast.

Episode Webpage.

You can find me on Instagram @jmichaelglass @wyzguy_radio @myfunctionals


Feb 16, 2018

Episode 186- (best of) Paul Stephan aka Micro


Paul has been a full time glass artist for almost 2 decades. He discuses his difficulties during his first year and how he almost gave up on his glass career. After pushing through his rough spot he found his groove and is now beginning his 8th year in his MARIO series. We discuss his he begins the process of designing each Milli image and how his wife is an intricate part of his success when it comes to the design and layout of each series. We also dive into how to get into the flow state, what the flow state is and how specific parts of the flow state affects us when it comes to being in the “zone” There's a chart post in the show notes showing the areas or creativity and where the flow state happens

Flow State Chart

Paul also shares his passion for racing and how he started that adrenaline filled journey as well as all his answers in the crashing the kiln round.

This episode also features the music of one of my favorite local bands in St .Petersburg , Fl.....
Badda Skat. This track is titled "False Clouds". Stay tuned for the full track at for the end of the episode.

Thanks as always for tuning in. Love you and hope you enjoy this conversation with Paul Stephan aka Micro

Don’t forget to leave us a review on which ever podcast app your listening to and if you’d like to become a “WyzAss” and help support the show you can do so by going to our Patreon page and do so for as little as $1.00 a month. All proceeds go directly back into the show and help offset some of the costs associated with producing this podcast

Thanks for
Listening and hope you enjoy this interview with Paul Stephan aka. Micro.

Feb 3, 2018

Episode 185- Tax talk. Why you should Treat your business like a restaurant


If you’d like to financially contribute to the show and become a WyzAss all you have to do is follow the patreon link and for as little as a dollar a month you can join an exclusive group that are helping grow the show. All proceeds go directly back into the shows budget which will help make the show even better with upgraded equipment, off set current expenses and future travel to trade shows and events that I’ll be able to cover to give you a first person perspective of the ins and outs of the current trade show scene. Soon there will be an exclusive bonus for any WyzAss that becomes a contributor if 5.00 a month or more.

For merchants cost accounting is rather useful. The idea behind it is simple: buy cheap, sell expensive. To maximize your profits, you should use your limited resources (money) for activities that give you the best return on your investment. Manufacturing on the other hand, was usually less concerned with book keeping. With the different materials coming in and products going out, tools needed, and time used, it would have been difficult to keep track of it all.
Historically manufacturers probably used more of a gut-feeling approach and experience to set their prices. Besides, their goal was often not profit maximization but merely to have a good life. As Daniel Defoe observed: “There’s nothing more frequent, than for an Englishman to work till he has got his pocket full of money, and then go and be […] drunk, till, tis all gone.”

When manufacturing products each item has a specific COG(cost of goods) required to complete. This incudes the raw material to create,(direct cost), plus the gases, and labor(indirect costs)

Part of this issue is whether or not we should determine the waste left after the manufacturing process of said item. Whether you pull points or attach blowpipes, there will be material that is scrap and considered waste. In some fields scrap is considered reusable so for this chat I will be referring to the leftovers as waste which is unable to be reused and therefor sold. To use the food industry for a reference they have plenty of waste associated with the manufacturing of meals.

For example: If broccoli is on the menu, then a bulk order of broccoli is needed. Say each head of broccoli weighs 1lb and comes in a 10lb box that cost $20.00. . This would mean the cost of each unit of broccoli costs $2.00. When the broccoli is being prepped to cook a portion of the broccoli is removed and would be considered waste. Lets say 50% is how much of the broccoli is removed which would mean 50% is left. This would bring the true cost of each unit to $4.00 per head of broccoli since technically we just removed 50% of the weight but it still cost us $20.00 total for the initial 10lb box.

We can use the same mathematical concept when it comes to calculating cost of goods manufactured. Say for example initial material weighed create a- 3" wrap and rake spoon with .50 to make in direct cost (raw material)and an additional indirect cost(overhead) of .50. This unit would initially cost $1.00 to manufacture. After the item is made you are left with a little bit of waste which for the sake of this example lets call it 1/2lb. of material leaving the final product weighing 1.5lbs

When we estimated our baseline costs for this item we figured a 3"w/r spoon weighs 2lbs (chunky spoon) which costs $1.00 to make, so if we do the math and break down the cost, we can determine

SPOOON= initial cost to manufacture $1.00
(raw material + overhead)
Total weight = 2 lbs- 1/2 lb waste leftover after manufacturing waste = $.50

now if you work for a week and manufacture 100- 3'wrap and rakes you will have an estimated amount of waste at $25.00 multiply that by 12- months and you'll see that theres approx $300.00 in waste. this is one way to look at it.. 100(3”w/r)/week=$25.00 in waste

the other perspective is to increase the direct cost to manufacture each item by adding the waste back into the peice. We figured to waste cost $.50 and the actual item when complete weighs 1.5lbs. so you can then add the $.50 back into the cost to manufacture the item which would mean the 1.5lbs of material costs $1.00.

in the end talk to your accountant and ask them what they recomend you do to keep track of this info. whether A- you seperate the true cost to manufacture from waste. or B. you ignore the waste but increase the cost of goods by the amount of the value you predetermined for the item manufactured.

Either way before you begin adding new items to your catalog, estimate the direct cost(raw material) to manufacture as well as Overhead(indirect cost) when figuring out costs per item made. this will not only give you a baseline cost of your new products it will also give you a base line number to price your item to be sold at both wholesale and retail.


Manufacturing cost is the sum of costs of all resources consumed in the process of making a product. The manufacturing cost is classified into three categories: direct materials cost, direct labor cost and manufacturing overhead.

What are manufacturing costs?

Manufacturing costs are the costs necessary to convert raw materials into products. All manufacturing costs must be attached to the units produced for external financial reporting under US GAAP. The resulting unit costs are used for inventory valuation on the balance sheet and for the calculation of the cost of goods sold on the income statement.

Manufacturing costs are typically divided into three categories...
1. Direct materials. This is the cost of the materials which become part of the finished product. For example, the cost of wood is a direct material in the manufacture of wooden furniture.
2. Direct labor. This is the cost of the wages of the individuals who are physically involved in converting raw materials into a finished product. For example, the wages of the person cutting wood into the specified lengths and the wages of the assemblers are direct labor costs in a furniture factory.
3. Factory overhead or manufacturing overhead. Factory overhead refers to all other costs incurred in the manufacturing activity which cannot be directly traced to physical units in an economically feasible way. The wages of the person who inspects the completed furniture and the depreciation on the factory equipment are part of the factory overhead costs. Factory overhead is also described as indirect manufacturing costs.
Deduction for Food Waste

Restaurants, grocers and other businesses that carry food in inventory can deduct the cost of purchasing all of their food supplies like any other ordinary business expense. The business gains the tax deduction as soon as it incurs the expense, regardless of whether the food is sold to a customer or tossed into a dumpster. Because the deduction reduces the business’ taxable income, the total savings depends on at what rate the business is taxed.

Jan 22, 2018
Episode 184- Takoda Madrona: Discussing his new show “Double Blown
Takoda was born in Vermont,  went to school in Arizona and Hawaii, and returned to Vermont in 2009. He completed high school in Hawaii and then two years of community college before becoming a full time glassblowing instructor. 
     Starting in 2012 he began his journey in glass and continues to this day where he is currently living in Burlington Vermont.  From 2013-2017 Takoda taught beginner and advanced one on one glassblowing lessons, repaired glass, developed production line glass for a small local company, taught others to make said pieces, and took on custom projects. Currently he is no longer teaching but still repairs glass and the occasional custom order.  His teacher  was Dylan Davis who no longer blows glass.  Other than the 20 hours Takoda spent learning from Dylan, he gathered knowledge from watching others work online and at demos along with working with friends. He is fortunate to live in an area with a lot of local talented glass artists who occasionally get together and share each other’s .  
You can find Takoda on instagram @TakodaMedrona or on his YouTube channel search Takoda or Double Blown.    He has recently launched a new YouTube show called double blown where he shares tips and tricks as well as discusses topics that impact our community.   I’ve been looking forward to this chat since reaching out to Takoda when I was tagged in a post for his new show.   His pendant work is amazing and has a southwest Indian Look with his intricate patterns and use of colors in his fillachellos.   He has a turtorial on his YouTube channel sharing his process of this technique.   A few topics I wanna cover with him is the origin of his name as it is his really name.  Also how in the hell does one work as a glass artists in the winter if you’re not below the snow belt. 
    Some quick house keeping....
If you’d like to financially contribute to the show and become a "WyzAss" all you have to do is follow the patreon link and for as little as a dollar a month you can join an exclusive group that are helping grow the show.   All proceeds go directly back into the shows budget which will help make the show even better with upgraded equipment, off set current expenses and future travel to trade shows and events that I’ll be able to cover to give you a first person perspective of the ins and outs of the current trade show scene.    Soon there will be an exclusive bonus for any WyzAss that becomes a contributor of 5.00 a month or more. 
You can also help the show by using our amazon link by going to  Each purchase through this link won’t cost you any more money but tells amazon you suppoRT the show and then in turn THEY contribute a small percentage of your purchase to the show  
Don’t forget to subscribe to the show whether you use iTunes, stitcher or google play.  Or you can listen directly from the website at
Any reviews left on iTunes is greatly appreciated and shows iTunes that the show is going strong and moves it up in rankings which exposes the show to a broader audience and gives outsider an inside perspective of how amazing this community is...
Hope you enjoy this chat with takoda madrona as I know it’s going to be insightful and fun 
Love you bunches. Happy Melting and Have a Wyz Day!! ..  
Jan 12, 2018

Episode 183- J.D. Maplesden returns to discuss his film  "Vagabong:The American Pipe Dream"

Follow the journey of J.D. Maplesden as he shares the stories and passion of an ever growing community of glass artists pushing the boundries of the glass pipe.



Become a member of the podcast community by supporting the show via Patreon. For as little as $1.00/month you can become a "WyzAss" by contributing to the show. All revenue paid via Patreon will go directly to helping cover expenses of the podcast as well as help me afford to be able to travel to the tradeshows, events, and artist studios which in turn will bring more content to the show. Follow the link below to sign up and become a WyzAss....









Jan 7, 2018

Hey everyone. Wanted to touch base and say hello and kick off the new year. Stay tuned for upcoming shows and announcements, as well as don’t forget to check out our sponsors.
For any comments or questions hit me up at
Happy melting and will talk soon!

Dec 5, 2017

 Episode 182- Creating a Scaricity Mindset During the Holidaze 

Mountain Glass will be closed from 12/25/2017 through 1/1/2018 so we can spend time with our families and friends during the holiday season. Friday, 12/22/17, will be the last day we are open in 2017. We will re-open for business on Tuesday, 1/2/18. Be aware that while we are closed, we will have a limited staff send most of the orders out- we do not guarantee when they will ship but will do our best. We will still need be unable to answer phones or reply promptly to emails, and the retail store will remain closed. Please plan your orders accordingly, and thank you for your understanding.

Delivery Times: UPS and USPS are overloaded during the holiday season and are closed for some of the same days that we are. The ship times during this time period could be longer than usual because of this. UPS doesn't guarantee that ground packages will arrive in the normal delivery days during November 29th - December 31st. Plan ahead so that you are not out of essential materials!

Your work during the holidays.

This is the time to begin gearing up for the holiday rush . As we all know time disappears even faster this time of year between the studio time, holiday parties, family get togethers and trying to find sleep amongst the chaos. Ideally if you are able to continue the momentum created throughout the year, the holidays can be highly successful.
giving you the opportunity to add new items to an already large catalog. Try new ideas for items such an annual limited edition series or item. Personally I make and sell a limited edition ornament. Platforms like Etsy and BigCartle are a great place to sell and promote these items. Each platform has its own algorithm helping you promote yourself as an artist. They are flooded with a sea of others but with persistence and time dedicated to this process as well as consistancy you can find success. Social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram allow you to promote the items you are focused on selling during the holidays.

If you are selling different items you can showcase them individually throughout the weeks as well as promote the sales giving your tribe an advanced notice. Another important idea is to think of supply and demand or scarcity of your item. Let your tribe know that you are only making 20 or 50 of a specific item and that they are numbered and dated and signed. This adds to the hype and the need for your tribe to own your limited edition items. Remember if you do go this route that you have to stay true to your word and if you say you are only
Making 20 of said item then you have to stick to that number. The item can change and vary over the years and seasons to keep this item a consistent collectors edition item and keep the scaricity mindset associated with it which will drive your tribe to feel the need to buy it now since they'll never be able to get that item again. This is why it is so important to stay up with your social media and stay consistent with your word and posts......

Here's a few tips when it comes to selling wholesale orders to your retailers

[ ] Shops are busy
[ ] Visit or call in advance to see what the shop needs. Not wants. Make an appointment and hold shop to it
[ ] Always make a few extra items that you want to sell
[ ] Think retail 20-50.00 stocking stuffers.
[ ] Put together a Christmas or holiday pack. Stockings with goodies
[ ] Follow up before going to confirm appointment made
[ ] Platforms to sell retail
* Etsy
* Shopify
* Bigcartel
* Social feeds
These are just a few of the popular platforms of selling your work in a retail level. Most of these won't allow functional art so take advantage of this and make other items that still show your work and artistsic expression as well as the ability to expose yourself to a different community that loves art and supporting the arts.

links talked about in episode:



Nov 27, 2017

 Caleb Prater was Born in Tucson,Arizona and started blowing glass in early 2011. Drawn to the flame b the bright lights in his neighbors garage, led Caleb to the journey that he is still on. He learned a lot of basic principles regarding production that started with basic techniques like wrap and rake spoons.. It was a way to make some extra cash on the side while he still worked as a delivery driver for a local sandwich shop during the lunch rush. This afforded him to continue to pursue this new found passion. As he continued on he couldn't shake glass the bug so finally took the plunge and decided to quit his job and go full time.


BUMPER MUSIC by Joe Skar  @skarglass on instagram


The Flow Magazine 

Spring 2018 Nature Issue

The Spring 2018 issue of The Flow will explore the wonders of nature - everything from the tiniest microbes, marine animals,and wildlife to global environments including geologic formations, plants and trees, and bodies of water large and small. 

Gallery entries, general interest stories, and health, safety, or technical articles, are welcomed for consideration.

Tutorial submissions for beads, sculptures, marbles, paperweights, vessels, and mixed media in all skill levels - from beginner and intermediate to advanced - will be accepted for consideration. 

Submission deadline - December 1, 2017
Release Date - March 14, 2018





Nov 20, 2017

Episode 180- Jennifer S. Levine..Lovi'n Life and Livi'n in Love


Jennifer S. Levine was born in Dallas, Texas. She spent her childhood trapped in books, museums and all other curiosity, which fed her imagination or got paint under her nails. When most teens would run into mischief with their first set of car keys, Ms. Levine would run to the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art) or fourth floor of the Dallas Public Library to render from the masters and explore the etymology of human discourse through artistic expression. She eventually saw these pieces in person, traveling the world with her sketchbooks and journals.

She studied Studio Art at The University of North Texas and Creative Writing at The University of Denver. After completing a yearlong glassblowing apprenticeship in 2001, she started her career as a professional glassblower. And in 2011 she founded FIREPOWER PRODUCTIONS.

Jennifer S. Levine believes in autodidactic living; the day one stops learning, one stops breathing. After 18 years in Denver, Colorado, she has returned to Dallas, Texas for a while as of 2017. Ms. Levine spends her free time laughing uncontrollably, cracking jokes, coaching small business owners and writing.

Nov 10, 2017

Episode 179- Sully Reynolds...Finding Your Zone of Genius

Sully Reynolds was born in Massachusetts and still resides there . He graduated high school but didn't attend college. After working for a debt collector Sully was introduced to the flame after a run in with a glass artist at a party he atended. From a short coversation Sully got the bug and began to take classes learning some basic techniques gving him the start to his glass foundation. After a short run of classes Sully met Christian aka Chaka and began an apprenticeship for about a year and a half. A few months after his apprenticeship ended he was called up by Christian to assist him at Marcel Braun’s studio with a project for a month which turned into 2 months on the road helping him with collabs doing prep. Sully came home from the trip and has been working on his own since. Recently he took a Chris Hubbard class in Jan, and then attended MELT...

Contact info for
PLEASE HELP: As many of you know, we lost a kind, generous and genuine soul this month when our dear friend and family member, Tucker Lura, passed on. Tucker was always quick to help anyone in need and would gladly give the shirt off his back. Now his family needs help to recover from the long and grueling ordeal they have just gone through. We are planning a Celebration of Life for Tucker on December 9th and would like to include a raffle and silent auction to help out his family. Here is where YOU come in. We are currently SEEKING DONATIONS of items or gift certificates to be raffled off at this event. These donations can be art, handmade items, glass pieces, gift certificates for community businesses, bottles of liquor or anything else that you feel could be worth raffling off. Please help us to contact friends, family and community businesses to collect donations. You can contact me directly at (262)664-9433 or PM me here on FB to schedule a time for me to pick up donations. Everyone had been at a loss trying to cope with this situation and here is a way that each of you can pitch in and show Tucker's family that we are all here to support them in any way that we can. Together we can make a difference!! Thank you in advance for sharing and coming together to make this event a success!!

Nov 4, 2017

 Episode 178-Best of the Worst Injuries Vol.II

     In celebration of Halloween it's that time of year again to share to highlights of the stories, told by the artists, describing their horrific injuries of blood, burns, and mutilation. We are pleased to share these tales in hopes to remind you to always pay attention.

     Stay tuned till next year when we bring you the traumatizing reflections of punctures, burns, and lacerations.

     Until then.....HAPPY MELTING


music created by-32-minute spooky music

Oct 28, 2017

Episode 177- Eli Mazet..Discussing the History of the Shot Glass



Eli Mazet may be the most passionate glass artist you will ever meet. He resides in Springfield, Oregon with his best friend and partner Jessica and their three daughters. Born in Eugene, Oregon, Eli is the middle brother who never considered himself an artist. Now he cannot imagine a life without it.    

Introduced to lamp work glass by his brother Josh. Eli fell in love with the medium and developed his skills by watching videos, reading books and learning from other glass artists. He spent hours on the torch practicing and within a few years he had developed the skills that take most people a lifetime.  He soon engaged his brothers and mother in the work and they started the family glass business, Mazet Studios. 

 His fascination with glass has led him to his most recent project, a book titled “The Contemporary Shot Glass.”  With the support and sponsorship of Northstar Glass, Eli challenged top glass artists to create a new handcrafted shot glass.  Using their skills with new techniques, over 40 artists have created more than 70 shot glasses. Eli chronicles each  one of a kind glass in the book. He also writes of the rich history and trivia of this medium that led Eli to dream of making a “movement in the contemporary glass community” to bring back the handcrafted shot glass. 

 After fifteen years of working in glass, his enthusiasm has never faded and his love of this medium has only grown. He is always looking for new things to make in glass and is always inspired by other glass artists.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » 8