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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Jan 27, 2016

(Italian) The technique of constructing an object, usually a vessel, by fusing two or more blown glass elements. The process, first practiced in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, demands great precision because the edges of the adjoining elements must have precisely the same diameter.

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Jan 26, 2016

Episode 78- Charlie Sanford  


Since 1993 Charlie has honed and developed his craft finding his way through the advetures of the last 20 plus years of the pipe industry. From Shakedown Street to running a family business Charlie gives us insights into the trials and tribulations of being a glass artist.



This episode is sponsored by Mountain Glass Arts. Don't forget to check out there January sale plus their weekly Get it Quick deals. goto for further info 


this show is also sponsored by Green Flash Glass.


Green Flash Glass is one of the sponsors of today’s show. Green Flash Glass is a small family

owned, Florida based business crafting a production line of tubes. They like to say they are a

homegrown grassroots glass company. They like to say their goal is to grow organically. When

you call their number, you speak to one of the owners. This mom and pop shop is producing a

line of glass that is efficient and simple, with clean lines, strong welds and good feng shui! Every

design is water tested to confirm functionality. In fact, with a little shake of the booty they like to

say they put the funk in functional.

With over 25 years of combined experience in glassblowing, these guys are in it for the long

haul. They support the broad glassblowing community by sponsoring this podcast and they

enhance the local glassblowing circle in their community by providing a space for inspired

people to create and collaborate .

These Deadheads are grateful for their current clients and are accepting new wholesale

customers. For the months of January and February, they are offering 20% off orders for new

wholesale customers. Go follow these guys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - It will mean a lot

to them. They’re @greenflashglass every where you go.

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Jan 22, 2016



What is the best type of checking account to open for a small business?


Is it financially beneficial to open a business checking vs a standard checking account?



These questions are common themed topics that come up on a regular basis that i see in many groups. The answers I give are my opinion based on experience and research. In regards to the banking please go to your bank representative for specifics on the bank you deal with. As far as shipping goes its a pretty basic mathematical solution but truly depends on budget and whether you have the room to store the extra material. I suggest getting a few glass friends together to purchase your materials in bulk to save on shipping costs and by buying in bulk you'll also receive a discounted rate on the materials as well giving you and your friends an overall larger savings.


Check with your glass distributor for further rates and discounts. 










Jan 20, 2016
Episode 76- "Fantasy Artist" - Natasha Wescoat: Don't be afraid to call for delivery
               Art is the heritage of Michigan native Natasha Wescoat, who comes from a family of artists, including painter Georgia O’Keefe. Natasha has been a full time acrylic painter beginning in 2004 after the birth of her second child. Since the launch of her career, she has sold over 1000 original works to private and corporate collections worldwide.

Her art has been featured in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and hit sitcom “The Middle” as well as Hollywood films like “Marley & Me”.

Her work is the subject of art education across the globe from Kindergarten to University and her career story has been referenced to in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling book “Crush It” , The Professional Artist magazine, and WCMU’s Michigan Documentary “One Person, One Idea”.Natasha has also been a guest speaker/artist at national events such as SXSW Interactive, TEDxDetroitand Thriving Artist Summit. 

Natasha regularly exhibits her work in galleries across the country and the world, having shown everywhere from prestigious venues like the Ritz-Carlton to popular west coast galleries such asThinkspace, 111 Minna gallery. Her are is licensed for home good and collectibles which has been available in stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more.  Natasha is ambitious in all of her creative ventures, as she is also the founder of Art Career Academy and the author of her first children’s book, “Charlotte Lively and The Not-So-Wicked Witch” .    
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instagram @natashawescoat 
Twitter @natasha
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Jan 18, 2016
episode 75- An undersea adventure with Coral (@coralreefer420 on Instagram)  Discussing social media marketing and building a brand....
     In this episode I sit down with Coral who has built an amazing following across the landscape of social media. Her current portfolio consists of a 5-yr old youtube channel, over 144,000 instagram followers and now a small glass business creating little custom fish. With a loyal following behind her, Coral has begun finding her way behind the torch by taking the same baby type steps she did to grow her tribe by learning one technique at a time, fine tuning her torch skills. This was a fun chat where we cover the current scene of social media how to gain a true following and take advantage of building your brand via social media.  There's a ton of value bombs in this episode.. here are her links and social handles
instagram @coralreefer420  @reeferglass
comments or questions click link
Mountain Glass Arts
Green Flash Glass
Jan 14, 2016

Episode 74- Repetitive Strain Injury revisited....Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

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Repetitive strain injury (RSI) and associative trauma orders are umbrella terms used to refer to several discrete conditions that can be associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained/awkward positions.[1][2] Examples of conditions that may sometimes be attributed to such causes include edema,tendinosis (or less often tendinitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, De Quervain syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, intersection syndrome, golfer's elbow(medial epicondylitis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), trigger finger (so-called stenosing tenosynovitis), radial tunnel syndrome, and focal dystonia.[1][2][3]

Since the 1970s there has been a worldwide increase in RSIs of the arms, hands, neck, and shoulder attributed to the widespread use of typewriters/computers in the workplace that require long periods of repetitive motions in a fixed posture.[4]


Ergonomics: the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace

The most-often prescribed treatments for early-stage RSIs include analgesics, myofeedback, biofeedback, physical therapy, relaxation, and ultrasound therapy.[3] Low-grade RSIs can sometimes resolve themselves if treatments begin shortly after the onset of symptoms. However, some RSIs may require more aggressive intervention including surgery and can persist for years.

General exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of developing RSI.[9] Doctors sometimes recommend that RSI sufferers engage in specific strengthening exercises, for example to improve sitting posture, reduce excessive kyphosis, and potentially thoracic outlet syndrome.[10] Modifications of posture and arm use (human factors and ergonomics) are often recommended.[3][11]

Finkelstein's test

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Finkelstein's test for DeQuervain's tenosynovitis
Eichhoff's test for DeQuervain's tenosynovitis

Finkelstein's test is used to diagnose De Quervain's tenosynovitis in people who have wrist pain. To perform the test, the examining physician or therapist grasps the thumb and ulnar deviates the hand sharply, as shown in the image. If sharp pain occurs along the distal radius (top of forearm, close to wrist; see image), de Quervain's tenosynovitis is likely.[1]

Other practitioners use a modified Eichhoff's test, below, and ask their patients to flex their thumb and clench their fist over the thumb before ulnar deviation, but with ulnar deviation performed by the practitioner.[2] Eichhoff's test is commonly confused with Finkelstein's test. However the Eichhoff's test may produce false positive results, while a Finkelstein's test performed by a skilled practitioner is unlikely to produce a false positive.[3]

Wikipedia info on RSI(Repetitive Strain Injury)

Jan 9, 2016
Standard opening episode 72
I'm excited as always to bring you chats with artist sharing stories and inspiring well helping you grow your business 
Today is the first episode of our new Q and a segment where I've scan the pages of social media for questions and issues pertaining to areas of glassblowing. Today we are starting off with three that I felt stood out the most each week I will answer your questions and concerns and if you have one and would like to share it please send it to info at wiseguy I will give you full credit and a shout out with your artists name on Instagram
Before we begin please don't forget to share the show with your family and friends those that might be interested in what you do also please go to iTunes and subscribe to the show and also if you could take a minute or two and leave a review and again if you'd like to give me a message or contact me you can reach me at and now on with the show
what is the average cost of attending a trade show as a vendor?
  while doing some research on this topic for myself it seemed appropriate to share this info woth you as well..
while there are several brands of trade shows the oldest and longest running is CHAMPS  which  is dedicated to the adut industrsy in general plus the tobacco and"adult novelty" show  and then AGE which is dedicted to the american made glass scene and then GlassRoots. they have several options which include room in the price.  when going to a trade show there are many factors that have to be taken into conscideration before even signing p for one which we will get into in a fiture episode  today im discussing the average cost to attend
heres a breakdown of the minimum requirements to attend
-airfare  340.00 plus 
-hotel- 100.00/night  some show packages include room  
-fee for show 1000.00-1500.00 
-transportation while at event- depending on location you can walk or call an Uber this can average cost of 20.00 per ride (100.00)
-cost of getting glass to show(ship or take with) shipping could cost around 3-500.00 depednig on size of boxes
-food/entertainment 50.00/day
approx 2,500-4000.00 depending on how extensive you want the trip to be.....
links for the events are listed below
second question comes from a post i saw in the Torch Talk page on facebook...  new artist Angie Russell post about a ventilation exhaust setup she found on amazon that for a small shope seems to be super efficient  the question was with the fan set on high 1890 fcfm


Engineering room airflow may present a real challenge when balancing an HVAC system. Most calculations only use the heat loss or gain of a room to decide on required airflow and often don’t take into consideration required room ventilation needs. Let’s take a look at how an air change calculation may simplify this step in your air balancing.

What is an Air Change?

An air change is how many times the air enters and exits a room from the HVAC system in one hour. Or, how many times a room would fill up with the air from the supply registers in sixty minutes.  

You can then compare the number of room air changes to the Required Air Changes Table below. If it’s in the range, you can proceed to design or balance the airflow and have an additional assurance that you’re doing the right thing. If it’s way out of range, you’d better take another look.

The Air Changes Formula

To calculate room air changes, measure the supply airflow into a room, multiply the CFM times 60 minutes per hour. Then divide by the volume of the room in cubic feet:


In plain English, we’re changing CFM into Cubic Feet per Hour (CFH). Then we calculate the volume of the room by multiplying the room height times the width times the length. Then we simply divide the CFH by the volume of the room.

Here’s an example of how a full formula works:

Now, compare 7.5 air changes per hour to the required air changes for that type of room on the Air Changes per Hour Table below. If it’s a lunch or break room that requires 7-8 air changes per hour, you’re right on target. If it’s a bar that needs 15-20 air changes per hour, it’s time to reconsider.




Room CFM Formula

Let’s look at this engineering formula differently. For example, what if the airflow is unknown and you need to calculate the required CFM for a room? Here is a four-step process on how to calculate the room CFM:

Step One – Use the above Air Changes per Hour Table to identify the required air changes needed for the use of the room. Let’s say it’s a conference room requiring 10 air changes per hour.

Step Two - Calculate the volume of the room (L’xW’xH’).

Step Three - Multiply the volume of the room by the required room air changes.

Step Four Divide the answer by 60 minutes per Hour to find the required room CFM:


Here’s an example of how to work the formula:




When designing or balancing a system requiring additional airflow for ventilation purposes, remember this room will normally demand constant fan operation when occupied. This may present a problem for other rooms on the same zone, so take that into consideration.

Many of these rooms may require a significant amount of outdoor air. The BTU content of this air has to be included in the heat gain or heat loss of the building when determining the size of the heating and cooling equipment.

Practice these calculations several times in the shop or office. Then do the calculations in the field several times over the next week to check airflow in rooms with uncommon ventilation requirements. Study the Air Changes per Hour Table to become familiar with the rooms that need more ventilation than the heating or cooling load requires.

Rob “Doc” Falke serves the industry as president of National Comfort Institute, an HVAC-based training company and membership organization. If you're an HVAC contractor or technician interested in a free Air Changes Calculation Procedure, contact Doc or call him at 800-633-7058. Go to NCI’s website for free information, articles, and downloads.
Jan 6, 2016
Episode 71- "Cold Work" with Shane Penn from @Glass Knowledge on Instagram
Welcome to the show. In this episode Shane and I discuss the area of Cold Working in regards to glass. Whether its sandcarving, faceting, engraving, or elctro-forming we cover the basics and will dive deeper into each topic in future episodes.
 Some quick house keeping ...Mountain Glass has this weeks get it quick sale which runs from jan 6-Friday jan 8th.   they are offering 20%off gilson oplas use code GLOPAL ans 20%off double helix rids  use code DHELIX.  go to mt glass . com for more info...
This friday will be the first Q&A show. I've scoured the landscape of facebook and the internet looking for issues that new and experienced glass artists deal with. Every Friday I  will be answering questions that either have been found in a group chat or directly sent to me. if you do have any questions and would like to have it discussed on the show send me a email to  I will give you full credit for the question and a shout out.  
Also, please go give the shows Instagram page a follow for more up to date info regarding upcoming guests, current shows, and exclusive giveways and content.. its @wyzguy_radio
dont forget to use the links to the drop box folder ive put together for you all which includes a bunch of pdf forms to help organize and maintain the business side of your glass .  inventory sheets, budget forms, liability waivers and more.
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Truly hope everyone is having an amazing week and for those getting ready for AGE the best of luck with the journey and sales.. 
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Jan 5, 2016
As artists it's not always easy to change the way we think when it comes to financial topics like salaries, budgets, profit and loss statements, inventory, or sales.  My goal is to help you to start thinking, if you haven't already, like a CEO.   As a small business owner you have to wear a bunch of different hats which is not only exhaustng but can be overwhelming. 
 Over the course of the first quarter of 2016 I will be breaking down each area of our businesss such as customer service, inventory, marketing and help you change your mindset in regards to these areas.   In this episode we will begin this process by talking about the one word we all Dislike but all know the importance  BUDGET.  By creating a budget as John Maxwell says "A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went."    
Instead of making an order, selling the order, then spending the money or paying a bill or debt we must learn to take the revenue earned from said order and immediately begin the allocation process of where it is going. We all have our personal bills, business expense, entertainment. Etc.  the only way you will be able to turn your business into a profitable one is by not only changing how you think about money but also by creating and implementing systems to manage the money.     BUDGET FORM LINK
*** Remember first and foremost that when you receive payment for goods and services the business is to receive the money. If you pull any money out of this revenue you will do yourself a disservice. I remember the days of driving to a shop completely broke in hopes that the shop would buy everything or at least buy enough to allow me to put gas in my car, some food in my belly, and hopefully buy more oxygen to keep the ball rolling.  This struggle is real and if you continue to think on a day to day basis this struggle will continue. If you begin to change your financial habits not only will you grow your business faster you will also grow confidence in yourself as a business owner.  There's nothing worse for your creative spirit the standing behind your torch wondering how your going to pay a certain bill or worrying about your house getting foreclosed. ***
So let's start by writing down all the areas of your life that you spend money. I have included a worksheet to help make this process easier. There are 2-columns.   1-personal bills/debt.  1-business.
Setting a budget for your business:  examples areas of expense
  • Rent
  • Oxygen
  • Propane
  • Glass
    • Clear
    • Color
    • Opals
    • Misc
  • Equipment repair
  • New equipment
Use the forms to fill in the monthly totals you have projected to spend.
Now in the area for income write down your estimated income based on last years sales. Now if you don't have a number what you need to do is add up your total estimated business expense and times that by "3" to calculate a generic number of what you should set a your goal for that months total revenue.  If your expenses totals $500.00/month then you should shoot for $1500.00/month. That way your business expenses are covered leaving you $1000.00/month to be allocated to areas like your taxes, salary and retained earnings.(these 3-areas are of importance as well and will be discussed further in future episodes) Out of the $1000.00, which would be considered profit take 15-25% out and stick that into a separate savings account to later be used for your quarterly estimates. The remaining balance of $750.00 will then be paid to yourself in form of a salary.  Now obviously the more revenue generated the more business expense you will have but this will also give you the ability to pay yourself more. That being said if your personal bills total $1000.00/month and your paying yourself $2000.00/month you may want to think about cutting your salary back a little to then be used as retained earnings for the company.  The budget forms include savings for the business and for your personal.  But having extra called retained earnings which is the profit your business has made after all salaries and dividends have been paid. Now as a small business you won't be paying dividends but you will be paying a salary and with retained earnings that money can be allocated to pay help like an assistant or even paying an apprentice piece work.  
By taking all of this into cosncideration and truly beginning the process of how you think in terms of how money can work for you not only will you grow your profits you will grow your financial IQ and have a drive to want to learn more about accounting and marketing. How you can improve in areas of expenses in your business and personal life.  Having everything on paper in front of you on a daily basis you will begin to create financial habits that will resonate for theorist of your life. Allowing you to setup retirement funds, live the lifestyle you want to live and grow to your fullest potential as an artistic entrepreneur, get out and stay out of debt and financially have the ability to change the world.