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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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Mar 25, 2019

Episode 211-Wyoming Mofo

As a full time glass artist residing in the great state of Wyoming, his seclusion to the outside world hindered his growth as an artist for the first decade of his career. Then one day he was introduced to the work of talented artist SALT and it changed his life forever. Upon taking a class from SALT, he was introduced to new sculpting techniques and color application that allow him to explore his creativity like never before. Soon he found he wanted to find a fun, unique style that he could call his own and after coming across a picture of an Angler fish he knew immediately that he found his canvas. After years of experimenting he began to gain a following and refined his style all the while adjusting to the ebs and flows of a volatile industry.

Fast forward to current times when the functional glass market has found itself in a considerable decline in sales and revenue has caught many artist off guard including himself. This , along with not truly taking care of his mental, financial and physical well being, Wyoming found himself getting closer to hitting rock bottom. Then came the breaking point where he reached out on Instagram sharing the deep depression he was experiencing and to his surprise the response he was given helped him realize that he is loved by many fans and glass artists and isn't in this alone. His stepping out and being transparent was the catalyst that brought him on the show to not only share his glass journey but also talk about his depression and how he has been able to slowly climb out of it.  

 

I really hope you enjoy this chat and just know that if you are going through a rough time to reach out to family and friends and have this discussion.  The worse thing you can do is isolate yourself. 

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Mar 4, 2019
Episode 210: Aaron Evan- Love Yourself not Your Ego
 
     For well over a decade Aaron Evans has been spreading his distinct D.I.Y. brand of rebellious, uplifting and brutally honest artwork around the world. He ran Dove Ink Records, an Indy Hip Hop Label with his good friend Illogic. He published gonzo style articles in counter culture publications found on newsstands around the globe. He toured and traveled. He went viral with his anthem for the people "We All Work". He learned a million mediums of creativity, from directing music videos and blowing glass, to graphic design and music production. Then, in a instant, it all stopped, as 3 years ago he unexpectedly had to step into a role as a caretaker for his father stricken with Dementia and relocate his family across the country to escape his brother who had relapsed on heroin. But, if you know Aaron, you know the one thing he never does, is give up. 
     The story of Aaron’s downfall is unapologetically tragic. Yet the trajectory of his resurrection is nothing short of astounding. Relaunching his carrier on Jan. 1st., Aaron returned with a new arsenal of artistic offerings ranging from music videos and short films, to a new album (Hope Floats) and groundbreaking line of handmade blown glass (The One Tribe). During his time in the wilderness, sequestered from the city in a life of service to his family, Aaron simply spent every free min his could find refining his craft and renewing his being; Mind, Body and Soul. 1000’s of hours in the music and glass studios, in the gym, in field scouting locations, in his home, in the wee hours of the night, making sure every single detail was right before publishing his second novel in life. 
     Over the course of the last 18 months threw countless hours of trail and error, success and failure, and the combined efforts of my entire 20 year artistic career, I have created an offering unlike anything it's predecessor. ONE TRIBE, the first ever music video to couple stop motion animation with glass sculpture. I would estimate I have over 1000 total hours into this project. I’ve never worn more hats at once. Emcee, Director, Set Designer, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Glassblower, Script Writer, Video Editor, MADMAN! I’ve often referred to myself as an artistic decathlete, and this is my dissertation to back that statement. I didn’t know how to blow glass, nor know if I could even use glass in the stop motion medium when I originally spawned this idea. But innovation isn’t birth from certainty, but it’s polar opposite, the unknown, the unexplored, the unimagined. I dove into the abyss with absolute disregard for what others told me I could or couldn't accomplish, and produced the nearly impossible, a truly unique and original artistic creation.   
find the video for one tribe on YouTube  https://youtu.be/MLVw9m1v8p4
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also on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aaronevansart/
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Feb 15, 2019
Ep. 209(From the Vault) Mike Luna
 
Episode 120- Talking Dragons with Mike Luna  @mikelunaglass on Instagram 
 
What's going on?? Thanks for tuning in and continuing to follow the show.  This was a great conversation with one Mike Luna, someone who's work I have personally admired for close to a decade. Currently Mike is known for his line of dragons but when you dive into Mikes glass past he has a wide variety of work in his portfolio. We discuss his beginnings, what inspires his work as well as discussing his techniques used as he applies color and creates his masterpieces.  Hope you enjoy this fun chat with Mike Luna. 
 
Hello! My name is Michael Luna, I was born in Torrence, CA in 1978. I was raised in Santa Fe Springs CA up until I was 15 then I moved to O'brien Oregon to start High School at Illinois Valley High. After high school in 1996 I moved back to Los Angeles where I work in automotive retail.
By this time my older brother (Chris) had already started his journey of glassblowing. He would tell me on the phone how cool it was! So fast forward to 1999 when I get a phone call from Chris, he said "hey bro, wanna job" I dropped my whole life and moved back to Oregon. I worked in a production shop ran by a guy named Gilbert Velosco (still friends till this day) throughout the time I was there I made friends with a soon to be legend, Darby Holm. Darby took me under his wing and started to apprentice me in about 2000. learning under Darby changed my life! He and the Holms are like family to me. Well, I'm still in Oregon constantly learning and trying different things with glass. 
 
 
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Feb 4, 2019
Episode 208(From the Vault): Bhandu Scott Dunham- From Mad Scientist to Master Lampworker
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Previously aired from Episode 170, Bandhu and I sit down in the virtual studio and discuss many topics pertaining to glass and his career.  Find out what sparked his initial interest in glass and what continues to motivate  him to continue working with this amazing medium  for the last 42 years.

 Bio:

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959, Bandhu Dunham began to teach himself lampwork/flamework technique in 1975, while still in high school. Now an internationally respected glass artist, author and teacher, his work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the US and abroad, including the Corning Museum of Glass, The Museum of Arts and Design, Museum für Glaskunst (Germany), Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan), and Osaka University of Arts.
Bandhu’s Contemporary Lampworking books are the authoritative, standard instructional texts in his field. He regularly teaches workshops at craft schools and private studios around the United States and internationally. In 2010 he was Visiting Foreign Instructor at Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan. In 2012, Bandhu was a presenter and Masterclass leader at the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge, England. In 2013 he was a presenter and teacher at the international Ausglass Conference in Australia, and First Place winner in the CHAMPS Glass Games in Las Vegas.

 http://www.bandhu.info

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Jan 7, 2019

     Episode 207-Jake Szymanski, aka @jakespinsglass on Instagram, was first exposed to the art of glass blowing at the age of 12 years old while visiting Wheaton Village in New Jersey. While in his teenage years he still had a burning desire to revisit this medium and finally dove into it at the age of 19. Eventually he enrolled into the Salem Community College for scientific glass and hotshop classes.  For the last 5-years he has fed this inner passion by not only learning Scientific glass blowing but also lamp working and furnace glass in a hot shop.  He was able to land a job at a scientific glass studio where he currently resides and continues to fine tune his techniques in the hot shop and lamp working studios on his days off. 

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