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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Nov 22, 2016

J.D. Maplesden shares his journey from his humble beginnings as a glass artist to where he is now. From Vagabon to Vagabong...

Vagabong trailer






Sep 23, 2016

Episode 126 "Best of featuring Bob Harley Dawg...Yes ..thats his real name..


hiw is the heck are you?   Hope you enjoy this best of.. Bob is a wealth of knowledge and shares why integrity and leading by example are imperative in today's world of business .  Here's the link to The Arribas Borthers where I am employed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 


This is a killer show where Bob and I dive in deep talking business, glass, and passion. If you are not able to handle rejection, criticism, and temporary defeat then you should go find a job instead of pursuing the life of a glass artist.


Bob helps moderate the Torch Talk group on Facebook as well as helps coordinate live glassblowing in a virtual studio call The Living Tree. If you've never seen flame work or lampwork its also known as, check this link as watch artists from all over the world creating work in their studios.

Google hangouts


find Bob on instagram at Dawghouseglass or his youtube channel

Dawg House Glass video techs

any questions or comments or just want to reach out hit me up in email 





Jan 9, 2016
Standard opening episode 72
I'm excited as always to bring you chats with artist sharing stories and inspiring well helping you grow your business 
Today is the first episode of our new Q and a segment where I've scan the pages of social media for questions and issues pertaining to areas of glassblowing. Today we are starting off with three that I felt stood out the most each week I will answer your questions and concerns and if you have one and would like to share it please send it to info at wiseguy I will give you full credit and a shout out with your artists name on Instagram
Before we begin please don't forget to share the show with your family and friends those that might be interested in what you do also please go to iTunes and subscribe to the show and also if you could take a minute or two and leave a review and again if you'd like to give me a message or contact me you can reach me at and now on with the show
what is the average cost of attending a trade show as a vendor?
  while doing some research on this topic for myself it seemed appropriate to share this info woth you as well..
while there are several brands of trade shows the oldest and longest running is CHAMPS  which  is dedicated to the adut industrsy in general plus the tobacco and"adult novelty" show  and then AGE which is dedicted to the american made glass scene and then GlassRoots. they have several options which include room in the price.  when going to a trade show there are many factors that have to be taken into conscideration before even signing p for one which we will get into in a fiture episode  today im discussing the average cost to attend
heres a breakdown of the minimum requirements to attend
-airfare  340.00 plus 
-hotel- 100.00/night  some show packages include room  
-fee for show 1000.00-1500.00 
-transportation while at event- depending on location you can walk or call an Uber this can average cost of 20.00 per ride (100.00)
-cost of getting glass to show(ship or take with) shipping could cost around 3-500.00 depednig on size of boxes
-food/entertainment 50.00/day
approx 2,500-4000.00 depending on how extensive you want the trip to be.....
links for the events are listed below
second question comes from a post i saw in the Torch Talk page on facebook...  new artist Angie Russell post about a ventilation exhaust setup she found on amazon that for a small shope seems to be super efficient  the question was with the fan set on high 1890 fcfm


Engineering room airflow may present a real challenge when balancing an HVAC system. Most calculations only use the heat loss or gain of a room to decide on required airflow and often don’t take into consideration required room ventilation needs. Let’s take a look at how an air change calculation may simplify this step in your air balancing.

What is an Air Change?

An air change is how many times the air enters and exits a room from the HVAC system in one hour. Or, how many times a room would fill up with the air from the supply registers in sixty minutes.  

You can then compare the number of room air changes to the Required Air Changes Table below. If it’s in the range, you can proceed to design or balance the airflow and have an additional assurance that you’re doing the right thing. If it’s way out of range, you’d better take another look.

The Air Changes Formula

To calculate room air changes, measure the supply airflow into a room, multiply the CFM times 60 minutes per hour. Then divide by the volume of the room in cubic feet:


In plain English, we’re changing CFM into Cubic Feet per Hour (CFH). Then we calculate the volume of the room by multiplying the room height times the width times the length. Then we simply divide the CFH by the volume of the room.

Here’s an example of how a full formula works:

Now, compare 7.5 air changes per hour to the required air changes for that type of room on the Air Changes per Hour Table below. If it’s a lunch or break room that requires 7-8 air changes per hour, you’re right on target. If it’s a bar that needs 15-20 air changes per hour, it’s time to reconsider.




Room CFM Formula

Let’s look at this engineering formula differently. For example, what if the airflow is unknown and you need to calculate the required CFM for a room? Here is a four-step process on how to calculate the room CFM:

Step One – Use the above Air Changes per Hour Table to identify the required air changes needed for the use of the room. Let’s say it’s a conference room requiring 10 air changes per hour.

Step Two - Calculate the volume of the room (L’xW’xH’).

Step Three - Multiply the volume of the room by the required room air changes.

Step Four Divide the answer by 60 minutes per Hour to find the required room CFM:


Here’s an example of how to work the formula:




When designing or balancing a system requiring additional airflow for ventilation purposes, remember this room will normally demand constant fan operation when occupied. This may present a problem for other rooms on the same zone, so take that into consideration.

Many of these rooms may require a significant amount of outdoor air. The BTU content of this air has to be included in the heat gain or heat loss of the building when determining the size of the heating and cooling equipment.

Practice these calculations several times in the shop or office. Then do the calculations in the field several times over the next week to check airflow in rooms with uncommon ventilation requirements. Study the Air Changes per Hour Table to become familiar with the rooms that need more ventilation than the heating or cooling load requires.

Rob “Doc” Falke serves the industry as president of National Comfort Institute, an HVAC-based training company and membership organization. If you're an HVAC contractor or technician interested in a free Air Changes Calculation Procedure, contact Doc or call him at 800-633-7058. Go to NCI’s website for free information, articles, and downloads.
Sep 23, 2015

Episode 40: systemizing the customer experience

In this episode I cover the basics on what it takes to have a complete systemized customer experience. A system that I am beginning to implement into my business which is helping me manage time better and free up more of it for focus in other areas of life. Here's a basic breakdown of this system  

Customer experience checklist

Take order from customer immediately write down their information and create a folder. Document how the conversation was made thru what platform whether text , email , DM's, etc.  

Take payment whether a deposit or in full,  create an invoice send your customer a copy and keep one for yourself
Make item if needed ,if needed to be made give customer an estimated time of completion and shipping. A good rule of thumb is if the item has to be made and is a  custom give them a month turn around during this time. Make sure your customer is kept up-to-date on the process especially if it takes at least two weeks to get started after payment is taken
Through the process of creating the item take pictures and share them with your customer to involve them in the experience.... they will love it!!
Once item is complete or is already in stock make sure you pack it well  include any marketing you may have whether it's stickers , business cards, flyers etc. it also is a nice thank you

Whether using post office ,UPS , or FedEx once it is ready to ship make sure you send the customer the tracking information. You could have automated emails sent to you from the shipping companies to let you know of the status of shipping sometimes this can be kind of inconvenient because it bogs down your emails but it could also be something that your customer would like. When you know that the  item is getting shipped on a specific day , or will arrive, contact your customer to let them know that they will be receiving the item that day 
Once you verify that the customer has received your item follow up and make sure that the item is OK, if it is what they asked for and then ask them if they can share a video and or picture on their social media feed 

Hope this helps. I'll be including a free PDF  check list in the next news letter and all you have to do is click the link below. Scroll to bottom of page and join the family!!!

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Sep 16, 2015
Episode 37- Repetitive Strain Injuries and prevention , E-myth Revisited final review. 
In the episode J.Michael goes over the final installment of the E-Book of the month "The E-Myth Revisited" by Michael Gerber   References derived from :
This months health tip is : Causes of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) causes and prevention.  This is a very serious topic of discussion for the hands are one of the most valuable tools we have as an artist not to mention the need for healthy hands in general.   Related topics and info came from
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Sep 14, 2015

episode Host J.Michael chats with O.G. Druw Downs and disucsses the last 20 years of the pipe industry and his journey through it 


check Drue out in cyberspace

on instagram @druedowns or @silverchelle (Drue's Wife)

KIK : DrueDowns      email:


Fun video of Lino and Pino gaffing for Chihuly don't  forget to subscribe to our newsletter



Sep 13, 2015

Episode 35- Host J.Michael has a candid conversation with creator of Naturalux ™ light filters Kevin Kerschner.  This is also the debut of the new segment Glass Knowledge with Shane Penn.


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Sep 3, 2015

This episode is an introspective overview of episodes 30 &31



Aug 13, 2015

in this installmenthost J.Michael begins to discuss the first three chapters of the audiobook The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber..the discussion takes the concepts of the first three chapters and puts them in perspective of the glass blower.


also insight into areas of concern as a glass artist including uv rays and damaging heat and the remedies to help resolve these concerns.


finally tip f the week- broken graphite reamer tips....


Aug 10, 2015

This week follow the journey as myself and 3-other artists join our energy and passion as we embark on this new studio journey. I'll be sharing our conversations as we brain storm ideas for how we want the studio setup. Bench setup, ventilation, lightning, etc.   this episode is an introduction into the journey. I give key advice on why Partnerships rarely work and how you can still go into business with a fellow partner/ friend without being business partners. Also I get into the importance of having a 60-90 day emergency fund and why you could be screwed without it....   This is an introduction...  

Much love and let me know what you think about this style show....

Aug 5, 2015

Episode 20

In this episode Host J. Michael introduces the W.G.R. Audio Book of the Month. This month we will be listening to and discussing, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. This book dispells the myth of wat everyone "thinks" and entrepreneur is or sould be. In the firs week will be be listening tomthe first 3-chapters we dive into the areas of the three sepreate and distinct personalities within a successfuly run business. "The Technician, The Enterpreneur, and The Manager."  Next week we will e discussing in fll length this first secion of the book.

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This Weeks W.G.R. Studio Tip of the Week: Pre-striking transparent color rods 

The idea behind this studio hack is to avoid using color for punties..Nothng worse then finding out the next day that a stick of NS Yellow was used as a punty instead of clear. tune in to find out this simple hack. 


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Aug 3, 2015

in this episode Judeh and I discuss the spects iif being a professional artist. Judeh gives his perspecttive as a shop owner on what he looks for in an artist from the moment you walk in his store to the point of sale.



Jul 10, 2015

In part 1 of this interview Chip And I discuss his beginnings as an Fine Art curator and installer for major art museums and and his introduction into electro forming.  His Brother Mer and other glass artists influences and much more. 



Jun 24, 2015

In this episode Chris and I unpack his influences in in glass and explore his humble beginnings. We also discuss current trends in the glass world and we share our excitement about the glass movement in general 

 this interview segment cuts off abruptly due to my dumbass deleting the entire interview which I was able to at least use what I had saved   Part 3- is a complete redo of the end of our chat. The fun side of learning as you go!!!!

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