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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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Mar 29, 2016

Five ways to be successful by using social media as a tool not a platform 

 

With the recent changes made on Instagram the social media world has been in a frenzy trying to get their followers to keep in touch with their current posts.  Instead of solely relying on social media as your source of promoting yourself use all platforms   Here's a summary of 5 ways to use but not rely on social media. 

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Use your bio to direct link your followers to either your website or webpage or current Instagram post. Even though Instagram is an app there is also a website and the website has links which will take users and followers directly to a specific image like an auctioneer running

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If you have not yet done so create a Facebook page for your business for fans to follow you there this Page can also be used for running auctions keeping your customers and fans up to date and a great tool for promoting your work

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Create a email bass. Everybody has an email if you can cut continue to create a following there are several tools up there like a mail champ that are free that you can use for weekly newsletters daily updates anything else you'd like to share that goes directly to your customers email

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Use all social platforms YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Snapchat and coming soon hello

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If you're concerned about having to pay for the fees and spend time creating a website or webpage the availability and excess ability of sites like Etsy big cartel and eBay are available for you to sell and promote your work either way you have to pay a fee and spend time success doesn't come easy it takes hard work and creativity 

 

Recap :

Use your Instagram bio to link to other outlets you have in the online space 
Create a Facebook business page and utilize it for promoting current work and update your tribe 
Create and maintain an email list. Everyone has an email.  It's getting your tribe in the habit of using it that's the trick 
Use all social platforms but focus on the ones that your customers are more likely using 
Build a site.. Whether wix, wordpress, or use online stores such as etsy, big cartel, eBay and others and link these into your bio on Instagram when applicable as well as your other social outlets.   

 

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Mar 24, 2016

     This is a topic that has been in debate for quite a long time. There is no authority on the subject and depending on how you go about viewing the argument, there is not a correct answer. This post is being constructed to explain each of these arguments clearly, allowing for anyone who reads this to make an educated opinion of their own.

     Before moving forward with the argument, we must first look at the situation. Currently the United States of America is the largest glass market in the world, with it growing rapidly into a multi-billion dollar industry over the last ten years. There is now a demand for glass like never before. The debate arises around where the glass that supplies this market should come from, and how it is produced. 
     First off, we have what I have labeled "Grass Roots Glass" (GRG). This is an artistic glass supplier fueled by small studios and single individual glass artist around the world (primarily in the USA). This includes individual blowers working out of their garages and also larger American "prodo" companies blowing high quality tubes and rigs on a large scale in a controlled studio setting.
     On the other side of the argument we have what we are referring to as "imported mass produced glass" (IMP). This refers to glass that is primarily, but not exclusively, being mass produced in factories around China and India. This glass is then packaged and imported to the United States to be sold in shops around the country. While this sounds like simple capitalism at work, there are many other issues that need to be carefully considered. 
      The GRG industry would like you to think of safe work conditions, product safety, artistic quality, local economies, and product innovation to be issues that must be thought of when considering the answer to our glass supply source. The IMP industry wants you to consider only one thing, cost.

               -Shane Penn @infinitealchemics

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Mar 22, 2016
  1. Hey you !! 

This episode is a continuation of the series "So you want to be a glass blower" 

 

this is is a general overview of getting setup and just my opinion and recommendations. That being said make sure you take all of these areas into consideration when it comes to purchasing your equipment and setting up your studio.  Throughout this series I'll be getting into more detail about each topic.  Use the links in the notes to view the items and don't forget to use the code WYZGUY at check out to save an additional 5% off on the starter kits. 

 

Five ways to set yourself up for under $2000.00

  1. Books. 70.00. Contemporary lampworking http://www.mountainglass.com/Contemporary-Lampworking-Volume-1-2-by-Bandhu-S-Dunham.html#.VvFVqEX3anM
  2. Studio bench and ventilation-shelving and bins 150.00Fan. http://m.lowes.com/pd/MaxxAir-20-in-3-Speed-Air-Circulator-Fan/50331097?cm_mmc=SCE_PLA_ONLY-_-SeasonalLiving-_-SosCooling-_-50331097:MaxxAir&CAWELAID=320011480004459743&kpid=50331097&CAGPSPN=pla&k_clickID=fe4a29f6-92db-4df7-9a60-d2de40d59a85
  3. Starter kit-550.00. http://www.mountainglass.com/National-6B-Torch-Starter-Kit-1.html#.VvFVWEX3anM National 3b tools comfit hoses regulators tools needed to get started and a couple other basic accessories this is a great way to get a torch to get some heat going 
  4. Kiln-600.00 chili pepper portable lightweight kill him that runs on 110 and ideal for learning small items from the beginning http://www.mountainglass.com/Jen-Ken-AF3-Digital-Chilipepper-Kiln-ON-SALE-550-Reg-675.html#.VvFVI0X3anM
  5. Glass- sample pack   Color. Bag of shorts 50.00.  http://www.mountainglass.com/Northstar-5-lb-Bag-of-Shorts.html?sc=2&category=11127#.VvFU3UX3anMGreat affordable way to learn variation of colors Clear 50.00 various sizes of rod and tubing http://www.mountainglass.com/50-Clear-Boro-Beginner-Kit_2.html?sc=2&category=11127#.VvFU_EX3anM

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Mar 18, 2016

Episode 90-Adam Dunn AKA @Cruxglass on Instagram 

Adam and I discuss his first five years behind the torch and the trials and should relations what it really takes to be a professional glass artist  I discuss his first five years behind the torch and the trials and should relations of what it really takes to be a professional glass artist. 

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I grew up in a small town in Michigan, on the shore of Lake Huron, called Tawas. I went to school for my Bachelor's at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI in 2004. I was introduced to glass in 2006 but didn't get a torch and equipment until late in 2010 when I first started working with glass. I moved to Minneapolis is 2008 for an internship in my degree and worked different jobs before starting to blow glass in 2010. I turned on the torch for the first time in September of 2010 and haven't turned it off since...

 

 

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Mar 11, 2016

Episode 88- Travis Tyler (aka Daddy-o) ..,surviving the Evolution of the Florida Glass Scene

 

Travis Tyler AKA Daddy'O
Born in 1975. Raised in a tiny town in SW Arkansas.  Moved to Tampa for college and ended up moving to Humboldt years later.  Started blowing glass in January of 2000 in Arcata, Ca.  Took a class from Snodgrass and started making spoons for Chameleon Glass. Moved back to Florida in 2002. Since then I've taken classes from RAM and Emilio Santini. I've taught classes at Flametree Glass  in Orlando and at their current studio in Roswell, Ga. I currently live and work just outside of Tampa, Fl. 
Mar 8, 2016

 

 
 
 
 
Hey you!  Thanks for taking time to listen to the show and reading these notes.  
 
 
So you want to be a glass blower?
 
This is something I've heard over and over for years from many folks. The biggest question is how does  one get started? 
 
With the ever growing popularity of this genre of art many schools have begun to pick up and teach classes in the area glassblowing.  Whether it's in the furnace or a torch or both there are several schools that specifically cater to the glass artist and have programs  for the glass artist such as Penland, Salem, and a few others. 
With that being said 99% of those that want to be a glassblower don't necessarily want to go to school so here's what I recommend.
 
     Do some research. Google glass art, glass blowing, flame work and you'll find many videos and websites pertaining to this topic. The only problem is the majority of the sites only really talk about or show you videos of techniques, etc.  My goal with this episode is to talk to you about how to get started. It will tell you why you need to make sure you have a good foundation, the proper equipment set up and you're getting over your head. 
 
     Here's a link to a pdf that is a basic checklist of items to start off with. Depending on what type of budget you are working with will at first determine what you are able to buy to get started.  Don't worry if in the beginning you are unable to buy everything. Think small at first and let the process of learning happen organically.  Start small and grow as you begin to learn and master one technique at a time. 
 
Go to www.mountainglass.com/wyzguy to see what type of starter kits are available and what they cost. These kits are discounted and if you use the code WYZGUY at check out you'll receive an additional 5% off your purchase. 
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Mar 2, 2016

Michael J Souza Princeton University Dept. of Chemistry Frick Lab /Glass Shop 
Job Title: Professional Specialist / Scientific Glassblower

Employment History:
Princeton University Princeton NJ 1992 - present -Hired as an hourly employee - Promoted in 1994 to Tech Staff III

W. A. Sales LTD., Wheeling, IL 1986- 92

- Master Glassblower and Shop Foreman

- Oversaw operations at Northwestern University & The University of Chicago

Wyse Glass, Midland, MI 1986-88

-Master Glassblower

- Became business partner for small custom shop that serviced Dow Corning

-Dissolved partnership as Dow/Corning faced Chapter 11 from lawsuits involving breast implants

W. A. Sales LTD., Wheeling, IL 1980-86

-Master Glassblower

-Shift Foreman

-In 1981 the company established a contract shop at Northwestern University and I ran the shop full time at the university

Valley Design Corp. Littleton, MA 1978-80

-Master Glassblower

-Head of Glassblowing Dept.

Aldrich Chemical, Milwaukee WI 1977-78

-Completed my Journeyman program under Dieter Dammrow

W. A. Sales Ltd., Wheeling IL 1975 -77

-Journeyman at a custom shop to work more independently

Kontes / Martin, Evanston, IL 1973-75

-Apprentice at the shop where my father was Production Manager Education

-Graduated as Honor Student at Palatine High School -Attended Oakton Community College

 

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