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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.
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Nov 29, 2018
Episode 205(Best Of): A Double Dose of J.D.Mapelsden 
 
Every time I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with J.D. I leave the conversation fired up and inspired.  I hope that sharing these interviews back-to-back will get you fired up and inspired as you grind your way through the holiday season.    Enjoy and Thank You again for the continued support and love!!
 
 
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Episode 137-J.D. Maplesden shares his journey from his humble beginnings as a glass artist to where he is now. From Vagabon to Vagabong...
Vagabong trailer
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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.
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Nov 20, 2018
Episode 204: Selling Your work during the holidays
 
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     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 BigCartel 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 scarcity 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 artistic 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:
http://www.rushimprint.com/custom-lighters.html
Nov 19, 2018
 
 
WGRM Episode 3: Creating an emotional response through intention 
 
   Throughout the years working at Disney as a glassartist, a common question I get asked is “what are some of the favorite items that I get to create”.   
 
There’s a few default answers I give but the answer to that question is “Anything that creates an emotional response “.   Whether it’s a smile, laughter, tears and even sometimes disappointment. While last one isn’t always the best it can still be a positive response and here’s why!     
 
    When you’re creating works of art you need to think about the person that is going to purchase what you’re creating.   Even if you don’t know who that person is and whether you’re creating one-of-a-kind art or just simple production,     every step of the creative process can be seen in the final product whether you realize it or not.   
 
 
Here’s a few questions I want you to ask yourself. 
 
-If a stranger with zero art knowledge gets to hold and admire an item you made will they be able to tell that it was well crafted?

-Will they think an amature or new glass artist made it?  

-Will they immediately be able to tell that heart and soul was put into this work.?  

-Will they see and understand the imperfections were intentional or maybe due to oversight from a lazy artist? 
 
When creating your work I would like to suggest you put the effort into every step as if you are being watched by some of the most prominent glass artists and collectors in the industry.  Don’t put pressure on yourself per say but treat everything you make with intention.   It doesn’t matter if your a newbie and have only been behind the torch for a month or an O.G. like myself who been behind the torch for close to 20-years, you must make every step of the process intentional.  If you see a step was missed ask yourself why you skipped that step.   Why is your work looking the way it does?  
 
Here’s a great example:    If you receive an order for 10- 3” wrap and rake spoons and the customer expects each one to look the same minus the color variation, are you going to just make 10 and then hand them off.  Or are you going to make 15 of them and pull out the 10-that look the closest to each other?    Say you make 20 spoons and none of them look the same.  You need to ask yourself why they don’t match.    Are you using a formula when creating a pattern? Have you broken down the process step by step before even turning the torch on?  
 
A customer has certain expectations and an emotional response will be the first reaction you receive from them.     Pay close attention to your process and be intentional.   Show your integrity as maker through your process,  not  the final piece but the actual process. 
 
Start off with a plan, make sure your glass is clean and your bench is organized. Write down what materials will be used for said item you’re going to make and truly be intentional.  Every step counts and if there’s a step of the process that you struggle with then practice just that step. Find a way to refine the process and eventually everything you make will speak intentionality and in the end create a positive emotional response from your customer.     
 
Being intentional and paying attention to the details will change the way you perceive your work and many other areas of your life.   Be open to critiques and don’t allow your ego to get in to way.    
 
Next time your about to turn on the torch tell yourself you are going to be intentional throughout the creative process and in the end the emotional response you receive from the customer will reflect who you are as an artist. 
 
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Nov 4, 2018

Episode 203- Bryan Ratcliffe- Road Trippin' Down Memory Lane

 

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Oct 26, 2018

     In the ever changing environment of the functional glass scene it is more important to be a well-rounded glass artist. Between the changes in state laws and the technological advances in vaporizers, you have to be able to evolve and pivot with the market.

     If your having trouble with sales currently, it's time to take a 30,000 foot view of your situation and ask yourself what areas can you refine or merchandise you can create that will help you financially get through the down times while still keeping the integrity of your style and voice in your work.  If you find that your still searching for your voice then continue to further educate yourself with classes and get fresh perspectives in areas of the art that might need some polishing. This should help to inspire ideas of potential product that you can begin to create while finding your voice and sharpening your skills.

 

DO research and don't give up...

 

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Oct 15, 2018
EPISODE 202: Chris Piazza returns to discuss  the difficulties of running a glass business
 
Managing a glass business takes effort but can be simplified to make the tasks necessary to keep it running easier to maintain. In the previous chat with Chris he shared his growing pains after a successful first experience as a vendor at Glass Roots Art Show in 2016.  Now we get a chance too peel back the curtain and see where Chris is now and how his business is being handled and the lessons learned over the last 2-years. He shares some major value bombs along with his process of figuring out base-line calculations with his product line. 
 
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Oct 12, 2018
      In my opinion starting off Melting glass as a hobby is ideally the way to go until you have a strong enough technical foundation that you can manufacture several types of product lines consistently as well as consistent  sales.  If you have a 9-5 this is the best way to allow yourself to take he time , stress free, to learn this unforgiving medium.  There's nothing worse then trying to crank out an order of product that you barely know how to make while under the gun of you power bill or rent!!!!    If you're fortunate enough to apprentice under someone with years of experience you will have a greater advantage monetarily sooner then someone who is learning on their own.   
 
Ask yourself when working if this medium and niche of art is something you can see yourself doing for the next 30-50 years.   It's a struggle.  No matter how many artists are making 6-7 figures annually this doesn't represent the community as a whole.  In my estimation 40-60% of the artists in the industry are working from order to order.  This can be taxing on the soul but also give you a better appreciation for the "THINGS" you have in life as well as the medium of glass.   That being said if you are going to turn this "hobby" into a "business" you need to get smart about your money.  
link to download your questions and answer then honestly
downloadable PDF
 
 
Keep records, track spending, and understand what your baseline costs are (Episode 84)   Episode 85- Baseline calculations
 
These are all important.  Here's a link to the IRS website that explains what they require for you to qualify as a business or hobby.   Depending on what state you live in there's a ton of info available at your finger tips regarding all these topics.   Do some research and understand that this is only my opinion and the way my business is handled.
 https://www.irs.gov/uac/business-or-hobby-answer-has-implications-for-deductions 
 
Love you bunches and Happy Melting       websites page
 
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Sep 24, 2018

Episode 201- Are you prepared for a disaster?

With the recent impact  from Hurricane Florence on the East Coast of the United States, specifically The Carolina's, it brought back memories from last year when we were hit hard by Hurricane Irma here in Central Florida. This bring us to this episode which is a replay from my recording outside in the hurricane. I really wanted to give you a sense of reality and why it is so important that you are prepared for an emergency when it comes to packing your important tools and equipment from your studio. This way you can at least work in a fellow artists studio if you are required to evacuate.


Every part of the world has the potential of unleashing catastrophic devaststion whether earthquakes, fires or hurricanes just to name a few. As a glass artist we have specific essentials that are used daily to produce the work needed to fill orders and pay our bills. When emergencies happen we have to be prepared to act fast and leave which includes bringing your studio essentials. Here's what I recommend to make sure that when enemy danger approaches you are prepared to cut and run.

-Purchase a large plastic bin to store your essentials in and with a big piece of tape and marker label it "STUDIO EMERGENCY BOX".

Here's a link to where you can purchase one for cheap
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I've created a printable check list that will be sent to your email. This list contains some of the basic essentials with space for you to write in you're own extras. Just make sure what you wrote down will fit in one box. All you have to do is click the link below

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Sep 10, 2018
Episode 200- WOOHOO... With Rashan Jones
 
Hey there and Thank You sooooo much for tuning in. This episode is a huge milestone for the show and I couldn't have done it without the sponsors, guests and listeners like YOU!!  It's truly an honor to have a platform to share my voice within a culture and industry that inspires me everyday. These last 200-episodes have been an amazing journey filled with fun conversations about life not just glass.   Every glass artist takes their own path but the obstacles along the journey we all share through  the thousands of hours spent repeating the same technique over and over again.
 
To date this show has shared the stage with 85-guests ranging from a mad scientist to a lawyer to a super green lampworker. I hope the next 200-episodes share the same joy and inspire you to continue to grow and learn in and out of the studio.
 
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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 
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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 
 
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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 roof........you’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.                  https://daveramsey.com/blog/quick-guide-to-your-emergency-fund
 
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   
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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.
 
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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
 
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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 @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


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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."
 
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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

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Josh Mazet @cone12flat
Todd Dunlap @tdunlapglass
Shawn Gold @count.de.monet

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.

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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.
 
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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.   
 
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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...
 
 
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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

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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

 

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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
 
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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.


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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

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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.

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Badda Skat. This track is titled "False Clouds". Stay tuned for the full track at for the end of the episode.


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Feb 3, 2018

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

 

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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 2lb.to 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.


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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.

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