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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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Feb 26, 2016
Episode 86- Micah Evans
 
This was a great conversation with Micah. His portfolio spans across the medium of glass pushing every possible element that he has worked with or run into. From his humble beginnings in Washington to becoming the first glass artist to receive a residency at Penland College to Teaching pipe techs at Corning Micah has revolutionized concepts in glass and contiunes to push the medium. Currently he resides with a group of talented artists at St. Elmos Fire Studio in Austin, Texas where the likes of SALT and others work. his pipes can be fund online at www.ballersectionglass.com  or his personal aork can be found at www.micahevans.com
 
hope you all enjoy this episode.
 

 

     "My work is a combination of things I want to make and things I cannot help but make. I started working with glass almost exclusively as a medium in the late 90’s. I spent the better part of a decade trying to gain the skill set to speak the material fluently. My goal for this residency is to refine the content of my work. To expose myself to new materials and processes that will expand my vocabulary as a maker. 

     My current work revolves around the hidden craft traditions within my family. From the constant quilting of my mother in the evenings to the story telling of my father around the campfire, my most cherished memories of my family involve making and creativity. These new bodies of work honors those past traditions and explore how they still drive me today." -Micah Evans

 
Bio-
 
Born 1975-

1996-97- art institute of Seattle, 3D animation major 
 
1999- flame working apprenticeship, stone way glass Seattle, Lance Sanford
 
Move to Florida 2000, Jacksonville Beach-. Start Lucid visions glass studio with Lance and Josh

2006 move to Miami- work at university of Miami, studio assistant for established artist, pivotal point in career
 
2008 move to Austin- meet Luken aka Salt
 
2012 Penland- assist Carmen Lozar, teach and apply for residency

2013- begin Penland Residency
 
 
Feb 20, 2016

 

Quick correction update from the intro    I mentioned that Joe shares studio space with Sagan and his wife   His wife is in reference to Sagans Wife....    

 

 

 

Hey what's happening.   Welcome to the show. Today is a Best Of featuring artist Joe Skar.   He has a great story regarding his journey towards becoming a glass artists.   With ups and downs he has paid attention to opened doors and taken advantage of the opportunities they offered him.  Thru dedication to his family and his craft Joe has become a force to reckon with through innovative glass techniques and inspiration as someone who has learned to balance his life outside of the studio with his life inside the studio 

 
He shares his adventure with glass artist Sagan and a few others as they launched a weather ballon into the upper levels of the atmosphere which was setup with a camera to document the balloons perspective.   It's a fun story and here's the link to the YouTube video documenting the entire trip. 
 
http://youtu.be/3c46bdKNdoc
 
Hope you enjoy.  Happy Melting 
 
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Feb 18, 2016
Episode 84- How to calculate baseline cost of goods and why
 
 This episode covers some basic business 101 when it comes to calculating your baseline cost of goods. There are many important reasons for doing this no matter how big or small your business is.  By making these simple calculations you will not only be able to figure out how much it costs to manufacture an individual item but also set yourself up to maintain your budget, forecast how much material is needed to fulfill an order plus figure out whethr or not you are charging enough for the product. If you plan on scaling your business by bringing on help this will help you calculate and set pay. 
 
Example on how I calculated the margins
 
time- 15 min per item
 
material(formula) 3"-32mm hvy wall and 3"(10g) color
 
clear $.75                                                                                  material $1.75
color $1.00                                                                               overhead $0.63
cost   $1.75                                                                                   total    $2.38 per 3"W.G.
 
Rent  $550/month(30days)- approx $15.00/day
Propane $60.00/month        -approx $2.00/day
Oxygen   $255.00/month      -approx $2.50/day
daily/hourly total (8hr day)  -approx $20.00/day or
                                                             $2.50/hour  $.63/15min
 
50-3"wyzguy = 12.5 hrs to manufacture @4/hr
 
Distributor cost $15.00 each(50)       =$750.00 (GROSS)
approx baseline cost to manufacture=$118.75 (@$2.38 per unit)
                                                               $632.00 ( PROFIT before labor)
 
if you pay yourself or an assistant $5.00 per unit= $250.00 labor
 
$632.00 (post labor profit)
-$250.00 (labor costs)
$382.00 (NET)       SUBTRACT 15% TAXES ($58.00)
 
RETAINED EARNINGS EQUAL-$324.00
 
USE THIS LINK FOR THE EXCEL SPREAD SHEET
https://www.dropbox.com/s/sa9x5r7v716qs6f/calculating%20baseline%20product%20value.xlsx?dl=0
Feb 15, 2016

Episode 83- Trademark Talk with Luke Zimmerman Esq

 

Hey there. This is a replay of Episode 64. With an influx of new listeners I wanted to make sure that this episode wasn't missed for those who haven't gone back and listened to the archives. Luke will be covering Copyright next time he joins us. Enjoy

 

and questions please contact me at info@wyzguyradio.com

 

leave a comment

 

 

Feb 11, 2016

Episode 82 

This episode features guest Luke Zimmerman Esq. LL.M about the current state of the functional glass scene along with the state and federal cannabis laws. This discussion dives into topics that most functional

Legal Shipping Waiver

glass artists haven't taken into consideration.  Please listen to the end. This information could potentially save you a lot of heart ache.  

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/z9apaoc6nh7nx20/LIABILITY%20SHIPPING%20WAIVER.pdf?dl=0

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 415-230-5308 Fax: 415-230-5312
 
 

Luke Zimmerman, Esq. LL.M is the founding and principle of The Law Office of Luke S. Zimmerman APC. Luke obtained his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oregon at Eugene and then graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego California, as a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society. His interest in international trade and investment law led him to the Netherlands where he obtained a Masters of Law from the University of Amsterdam. The focus of his master thesis was the effect of bi-lateral trade agreements on the harmonization of intellectual property standards, provided through the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights(TRIPS). His experiences living in Amsterdam and observations of the paradigm shift surrounding cannabis lead Luke to believe that the end of cannabis prohibition would be the future of The United States.

Based on this idea, Luke formed The Law Office of Luke S. Zimmerman APC, where he assists entrepreneurs in the emerging cannabis industry and helps them protect their intellectual property. A core mission of the Law Office of Luke S. Zimmerman is drug policy reform, which is why Luke volunteers on the Clemency Project 2014. Luke currently splits his time working with clients in Oregon and California, as well as nationally on trademark issues.

Luke is also certified by Oaksterdam University, in both, beginner and advanced courses and has received advanced training and certification in mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and cross cultural competencies

The Law Office of Luke S Zimmerman APC is featured in the 3rd edition of the Arcview market report “The State of Legal Marijuana Markets” in the branding in the cannabis industry section. Luke Zimmerman is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA).

 

Feb 4, 2016

Episode 81-Ergonomics

er·go·nom·ics
ˌərɡəˈnämiks/
noun
  1. the study of people's efficiency in their working environment.
 
     There are many Ergonomic issues confronting the glassblower with repetitive motion and muscle fatigue. While focusing on blowing glass it’s easy to forget about things like good posture and healthy work habits. That stuff creeps up on you, similar to the afflictions millions of computer users have experienced worldwide. After a full day of work, or week, or year... you may notice your wrists are sore and your back and neck are killing you.
 
The hunched back seen by many glassblowers becomes a permanent shortening of some muscles and lengthening of others, creating lifelong functional problems. Someone in their 20’s may not see the importance of using good body mechanics now, but these poor body mechanics can lead to lifetime of physical pain.
 
The ideal situation is one in which the body position is changed every 20 minutes or so, neither sitting nor standing for prolonged periods.
 
Most scientific research is related to workers sitting or standing at computer workstations, but that doesn’t mean a glassblower should dismiss the importance of ergonomics research.
 
 
 
    • 92,500
    • 76 injuries or illnesses due to repetitive motion, including typing or key entry, repetitive use of tools, and repetitive placing, grasping, or moving of objects other than tools. Of these injuries or illnesses, 55% affected the wrist, 7% affected the shoulder, and 6% affected the back.
 
 
 
Video with exercises for correcting kyphosis (rounded shoulders, forward neck and head)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTV6UCh-yh
 

 

-what are the best type of floor mat to stand on while working behind the torch?

 

http://www.cisco-eagle.com/catalog/c-3146-anti-fatigue-matting-in-practical-ergonomics.aspx


Physical fatigue occurs when muscles are constricted and blood flow is reduced.   Because the heart is forced to work harder to pump blood through these constricted areas, the body runs out of energy.  The result is pain, discomfort and fatigue. Anti-fatigue mats work by encouraging subtle movement of leg and calf muscles, which in turn, promotes an easier flow of blood back to the heart. This is called "Dynamic Ergonomics" - the study of ensuring standing worker comfort by means of muscle activity.

In a formal study at the Center of Ergonomics at the University of Michigan, Ergonomist Mark Redfern concluded that different standing surfaces can have dramatic effects on physical fatigue.  The study involved fourteen subjects at the Ford Chesterfield Trim Plant who were required to stand throughout their entire shift.  A variety of floor conditions were tested, from concrete to a 3/8" rubber anti-fatigue mat.  The results were conclusive.  Workers who were forced to stand on hard concrete floors for long periods of time suffered significant levels of fatigue and discomfort in the legs, back and throughout the body.  On the other hand, workers who stood on anti-fatigue mats were able to reduce the level of fatigue and discomfort by as much as 50%!

How do Anti-fatigue Mats Work?

Standing for long periods of time on hard floor surfaces is very uncomfortable and causes physical fatigue. Leg muscles become totally static and constricted as they work overtime to keep that person in an upright position. Blood flow is greatly reduced causing pain and discomfort.

In this situation the employees' heart is forced to work harder to pump blood through these constricted areas and his body begins to run out of energy. However, if a person is allowed to stand on an anti-fatigue mat, his muscles will subtly contract and expand as they adjust to the flexibility of the mat.

This muscle movement increases blood-flow and increases the amount of oxygen reaching the heart. And fatigue is greatly reduced.

How can anti-fatigue matting save you money?

We refer to the aches and pains of long term standing as Cumulative Standing Trauma (CST) - excessive stress on the spine and back muscles due to stagnant body positions or poor distribution of body weight which may cause pain and injury. Fatigue and pain caused by such long term standing is too often overlooked.  Unfortunately, workers are suffering the consequences on a daily basis.  Companies are losing literally billions each year in reduced productivity, increased worker compensation costs, higher insurance rates and absenteeism.

Since back injuries accounted for 31% of all compensable workers claims in 1994, it is important to not aggravate an existing problem or cause a new one through Cumulative Standing Trauma. CST may also lead to (1.) pronation - the extensive flattening of the foot, which results in arch and heel pain, and (2.) varicose veins caused by the stagnation of blood in lower extremities.  All of these problems can ultimately lead to long term and costly health issues. Anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce the aggravation and injury associated with CST, thereby reducing costs.

The plight of the standing worker is very real.  The National Safety Council, in its publication "Ergonomics", recommends the use of anti-fatigue mats, as do numerous ergonomists, industrial hygienists, occupational nurses, risk managers, and loss control agents, safety engineers and insurance companies.  Luckily, millions of workers are now benefiting from these recommendations.

 
The right anti-fatigue mat for the right application can go a long way towards easing the situation and creating a more productive quality driven environment.  Making a conscious effort to place employee comfort and protection as a priority will ensure healthier, happier, and more productive employees.
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Feb 2, 2016

Enjoy this Best of... The show schedule is now Tuesdays and Thursday .  The Friday show which was the Q&A new show is going to be turned into our new YouTube show/channel  which will be launching the first Friday of March.  I am really excited to bring you guys videos of tech Meeks tips tricks hacks and all kind of fun businees tips.   

 

 You can follow Tim on Instagram @theglassowlalaska 

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