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.
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.
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 @blissfulglasslinks to topics discussed in our chatThe Primer Field.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EPlyiW-xGI9-fingers of Ninjitsu
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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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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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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
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
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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.
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.
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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