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.
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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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Episode 182- Creating a Scaricity Mindset During the Holidaze
Mountain Glass will be closed from 12/25/2017 through 1/1/2018 so we can spend time with our families and friends during the holiday season. Friday, 12/22/17, will be the last day we are open in 2017. We will re-open for business on Tuesday, 1/2/18. Be aware that while we are closed, we will have a limited staff send most of the orders out- we do not guarantee when they will ship but will do our best. We will still need be unable to answer phones or reply promptly to emails, and the retail store will remain closed. Please plan your orders accordingly, and thank you for your understanding.
Delivery Times: UPS and USPS are overloaded during the holiday season and are closed for some of the same days that we are. The ship times during this time period could be longer than usual because of this. UPS doesn't guarantee that ground packages will arrive in the normal delivery days during November 29th - December 31st. Plan ahead so that you are not out of essential materials!
Your work during the holidays.
This is the time to begin gearing up for the holiday rush . As we all know time disappears even faster this time of year between the studio time, holiday parties, family get togethers and trying to find sleep amongst the chaos. Ideally if you are able to continue the momentum created throughout the year, the holidays can be highly successful.
giving you the opportunity to add new items to an already large catalog. Try new ideas for items such an annual limited edition series or item. Personally I make and sell a limited edition ornament. Platforms like Etsy and BigCartle are a great place to sell and promote these items. Each platform has its own algorithm helping you promote yourself as an artist. They are flooded with a sea of others but with persistence and time dedicated to this process as well as consistancy you can find success. Social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram allow you to promote the items you are focused on selling during the holidays.
If you are selling different items you can showcase them individually throughout the weeks as well as promote the sales giving your tribe an advanced notice. Another important idea is to think of supply and demand or scarcity of your item. Let your tribe know that you are only making 20 or 50 of a specific item and that they are numbered and dated and signed. This adds to the hype and the need for your tribe to own your limited edition items. Remember if you do go this route that you have to stay true to your word and if you say you are only
Making 20 of said item then you have to stick to that number. The item can change and vary over the years and seasons to keep this item a consistent collectors edition item and keep the scaricity mindset associated with it which will drive your tribe to feel the need to buy it now since they'll never be able to get that item again. This is why it is so important to stay up with your social media and stay consistent with your word and posts......
Here's a few tips when it comes to selling wholesale orders to your retailers
[ ] Shops are busy
[ ] Visit or call in advance to see what the shop needs. Not wants. Make an appointment and hold shop to it
[ ] Always make a few extra items that you want to sell
[ ] Think retail 20-50.00 stocking stuffers.
[ ] Put together a Christmas or holiday pack. Stockings with goodies
[ ] Follow up before going to confirm appointment made
[ ] Platforms to sell retail
* Social feeds
These are just a few of the popular platforms of selling your work in a retail level. Most of these won't allow functional art so take advantage of this and make other items that still show your work and artistsic expression as well as the ability to expose yourself to a different community that loves art and supporting the arts.
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Caleb Prater was Born in Tucson,Arizona and started blowing glass in early 2011. Drawn to the flame b the bright lights in his neighbors garage, led Caleb to the journey that he is still on. He learned a lot of basic principles regarding production that started with basic techniques like wrap and rake spoons.. It was a way to make some extra cash on the side while he still worked as a delivery driver for a local sandwich shop during the lunch rush. This afforded him to continue to pursue this new found passion. As he continued on he couldn't shake glass the bug so finally took the plunge and decided to quit his job and go full time.
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Spring 2018 Nature Issue
The Spring 2018 issue of The Flow will explore the wonders of nature - everything from the tiniest microbes, marine animals,and wildlife to global environments including geologic formations, plants and trees, and bodies of water large and small.
Gallery entries, general interest stories, and health, safety, or technical articles, are welcomed for consideration.
Tutorial submissions for beads, sculptures, marbles, paperweights, vessels, and mixed media in all skill levels - from beginner and intermediate to advanced - will be accepted for consideration.
Submission deadline - December 1, 2017
Release Date - March 14, 2018
Episode 180- Jennifer S. Levine..Lovi'n Life and Livi'n in Love
Jennifer S. Levine was born in Dallas, Texas. She spent her childhood trapped in books, museums and all other curiosity, which fed her imagination or got paint under her nails. When most teens would run into mischief with their first set of car keys, Ms. Levine would run to the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art) or fourth floor of the Dallas Public Library to render from the masters and explore the etymology of human discourse through artistic expression. She eventually saw these pieces in person, traveling the world with her sketchbooks and journals.
She studied Studio Art at The University of North Texas and Creative Writing at The University of Denver. After completing a yearlong glassblowing apprenticeship in 2001, she started her career as a professional glassblower. And in 2011 she founded FIREPOWER PRODUCTIONS.
Jennifer S. Levine believes in autodidactic living; the day one stops learning, one stops breathing. After 18 years in Denver, Colorado, she has returned to Dallas, Texas for a while as of 2017. Ms. Levine spends her free time laughing uncontrollably, cracking jokes, coaching small business owners and writing.
Episode 179- Sully Reynolds...Finding Your Zone of Genius
Sully Reynolds was born in Massachusetts and still resides there . He graduated high school but didn't attend college. After working for a debt collector Sully was introduced to the flame after a run in with a glass artist at a party he atended. From a short coversation Sully got the bug and began to take classes learning some basic techniques gving him the start to his glass foundation. After a short run of classes Sully met Christian aka Chaka and began an apprenticeship for about a year and a half. A few months after his apprenticeship ended he was called up by Christian to assist him at Marcel Braun’s studio with a project for a month which turned into 2 months on the road helping him with collabs doing prep. Sully came home from the trip and has been working on his own since. Recently he took a Chris Hubbard class in Jan, and then attended MELT...
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PLEASE HELP: As many of you know, we lost a kind, generous and genuine soul this month when our dear friend and family member, Tucker Lura, passed on. Tucker was always quick to help anyone in need and would gladly give the shirt off his back. Now his family needs help to recover from the long and grueling ordeal they have just gone through. We are planning a Celebration of Life for Tucker on December 9th and would like to include a raffle and silent auction to help out his family. Here is where YOU come in. We are currently SEEKING DONATIONS of items or gift certificates to be raffled off at this event. These donations can be art, handmade items, glass pieces, gift certificates for community businesses, bottles of liquor or anything else that you feel could be worth raffling off. Please help us to contact friends, family and community businesses to collect donations. You can contact me directly at (262)664-9433 or PM me here on FB to schedule a time for me to pick up donations. Everyone had been at a loss trying to cope with this situation and here is a way that each of you can pitch in and show Tucker's family that we are all here to support them in any way that we can. Together we can make a difference!! Thank you in advance for sharing and coming together to make this event a success!!
Episode 178-Best of the Worst Injuries Vol.II
In celebration of Halloween it's that time of year again to share to highlights of the stories, told by the artists, describing their horrific injuries of blood, burns, and mutilation. We are pleased to share these tales in hopes to remind you to always pay attention.
Stay tuned till next year when we bring you the traumatizing reflections of punctures, burns, and lacerations.
Until then.....HAPPY MELTING
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Episode 177- Eli Mazet..Discussing the History of the Shot Glass
Eli Mazet may be the most passionate glass artist you will ever meet. He resides in Springfield, Oregon with his best friend and partner Jessica and their three daughters. Born in Eugene, Oregon, Eli is the middle brother who never considered himself an artist. Now he cannot imagine a life without it.
Introduced to lamp work glass by his brother Josh. Eli fell in love with the medium and developed his skills by watching videos, reading books and learning from other glass artists. He spent hours on the torch practicing and within a few years he had developed the skills that take most people a lifetime. He soon engaged his brothers and mother in the work and they started the family glass business, Mazet Studios.
His fascination with glass has led him to his most recent project, a book titled “The Contemporary Shot Glass.” With the support and sponsorship of Northstar Glass, Eli challenged top glass artists to create a new handcrafted shot glass. Using their skills with new techniques, over 40 artists have created more than 70 shot glasses. Eli chronicles each one of a kind glass in the book. He also writes of the rich history and trivia of this medium that led Eli to dream of making a “movement in the contemporary glass community” to bring back the handcrafted shot glass.
After fifteen years of working in glass, his enthusiasm has never faded and his love of this medium has only grown. He is always looking for new things to make in glass and is always inspired by other glass artists.
Episode 176- Austin Hensley: Born to be a Glass Artist
Austin says... I began my Glass adventure at the age of 9 when I made my first marble after two years of incessantly bugging Zak Rowan at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. By the end of that show he sent me home with a national a-1, a tomato flat full of shorts, and a millions questions to go along with all the answers of the previous two years. I have lived in Clarkdale Arizona my entire life and spent my childhood after about 10 pumping gas, fixing tires and helping my father with automotive repair at his 1940's full service Texaco station (think ding ding, and a guy washing your windows and checking your oil etc.). Dropped out of high school due to boredom and got my GED a week later to go right into college for self enrichment where I studied a bit of everything but focused on the sciences mostly. I spent the first few years focusing on solid sculpture, pendants, miniatures and on the fly objects for Zak during the two months the faire was in state. All the while I spent as much spare time as I could muster working glass. Until I met Robert Occhiline when I was 15 I think who taught me the basics of working with hollow and how to make a spoon.
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Episode 175-Topher Morcos
Topher Morcos started blowing glass in 2014, and took an immediate interest in murrine. The detail he was able to achieve using Millie captured his interest. He learned to make Millie from David Kaminski from a class series and later fine tuned it David in person at Topher’s . Eventually Topher attended Salem College fine tuning his skills and immediately began to work on his murrine at home. Later he learned more about incorporating Millie into his work from Karl Taylor (Grimm).
Soon it was time for a change and Topher moved and built up a shop in Philadelphia where he worked for three years.
Just recently he made another move and packed up shop and moved to upstate NewYork
Episode 174-(Best of) Micah Evans..Making Waves in an Ocean of Glass......
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
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
Episode 173- Hurricane Irma...Are You Prepared for an Emergency
Every part of the world has the potential of unleashing catastrophic devaststion whether earthquakes, fires or hurricanes just to make a few. As a glass artist we have specific essentials that are used daily to produce the work needed to fill orders and pay our bills. When emergencies happen we have to be prepared to act fast and leave which includes brining your studio essentials. Here's what I recommend to make sure that when enemy danger approaches you are prepared to cut and run.
-Purchase a large plastic bin to store your essentials in and with a big piece of tape and marker label it "STUDIO EMERGENCY BOX".
Here's a link to where you can purchase one for cheap
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Episode 171- Don't Quit Your Day Job
In the ever growing landscape of glass artists, the demand for glass grows as the quality of artists diminishes. Whether you're new to the industry or an Old Timer like myself, it's important to understand that," just making rigs" isn't going to get you anywhere no mater how established you are as an artist. The most successful artists in the functional glass scene are constantly reinventing themselves and pivoting before or during trends slow down as a new one starts up.
As you've probabaly heard me preach on many episodes , it's so important to be a well rounded lampworker, having the ability to not only make pipes but also pendants, figurines, and Ornaments just as a few examples. This way you aren't painting yourself in a corner as a rig maker. The industry is flooded with rigs and hype glass all the while a whole demographic who enjoy using glass for smoking aren't finding glass pipes for flowers that are made from locals like it once was 10-15years ago. Even smoke shop owners won't buy glass for flowers because of their local demographics but they are still forgetting that the OG smoker wants a nice bubbler or water pipe for their flowers.
Chris and I dive deep into these topics ....
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Episode 172-Patrick Charles...Humble Beginnings and Big Dreams
Patrick Charles is a 25-year old glass artist based out of Denton,Tx. Through an understanding of that old cliche', "You have to crawl before you walk"... he's managed to excel as an artist due to a strong foundation of technique and practice. His glass journey began in 2013 and in just 4-years has managed to grow his business and begin putting dreams into reality.
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