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    • A Glass Blowers Companion Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur The WyzGuy Radio Show, hosted by 16-yr Lampworker J.Michael , journeys through the stories of today's top talents in the world of glass sharing their successes, failures, and their passion for this medium. Whether a glass artist, collector, or retail owner, we have a ton of fun in store for you. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      GBC Ep.27- SALT: Celebrating 20-Years Behind the Torch and Polishing Door Knobs - A Glass Blower’s Companion with Jason Michael -Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur

      Welcome to a Glass Blowers Companion Episode 27! It is finally time to kick off Season 6!  Thank you to everyone that has tuned in to the show, shared it with your friends and family, reached out to me with a comment and to all of the artists and guests who have taken time from their day to share their glass journey's.   Season 6 kicks off with one of my favorite artists and humans in the glass community SALT. For the last 20-years SALT has pushed the boundaries of borosilicate glass and shown true innovation when it comes to creating functional, smokable works of art.  In 2017 representing the pipe culture, the coning museum of glass invited Salt to demonstrate his craft on a streamed presentation and  eventually added the first pipe to its permanent  museum collection.  It was an honor to have SALT join me in the virtual studio and truly hope you enjoy this conversation.  Find SALT on Instagram @saltglass @salteyelens @glassgrabapp Wanna join our growing community, gain access to video tutorials, and One-on-One Coaching calls with me all while supporting the podcast??? Use this link to become a WyzA$$ and continue to grow as an artist! SUPPORT Follow WYZGUY MEDIA on Instagram @jmichaelglass @glassblowerscompanion @fyeah_disney @one_little_spice
      1. GBC Ep.27- SALT: Celebrating 20-Years Behind the Torch and Polishing Door Knobs
      2. GBC Ep.26- Kyle Geise: Finding Success as a Glass Vegas Rookie
    • Talking Out Your Glass Podcast Former editor of Glass Art magazine Shawn Waggoner interviews internationally respected artists and experts in hot, warm, and cold glass. Talking Out Your Glass podcast features conversations with glass artists working in glassblowing, fusing, kiln forming, flameworking, torchworking, stained glass, and architectural glass. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel
      Mark Peiser: The Moving Target of Perfection Since 1967 when Mark Peiser became involved with the Studio Glass Movement, he has been recognized for his uniquely individualized approaches and accomplishments in glass. Continual investigation of the expressive implications of glass properties and processes has led to his distinctive bodies of work. Recently Peiser published the book, Thirty-Eight Pieces of Glass – with Related Thoughts, pairing his glass with brief writings of resonance.  To quote from the preface: “Since I began with glass 50 years ago, I’ve received countless questions asking, basically, what’s it about? In that discussion I’ve tried to answer honestly and completely but I’ve always felt to have fallen short – short of the words and short of the voice that would say them. When I started to assemble this book, I began feeling much more truthful and satisfying answers to that question. I hope you will, too. That these selections sorted out into something of an abridged life story was a bit of a surprise to me. It shouldn’t have been. All along I’ve said my work has been about my feelings and experiences and, over many years, what else is a life?”  Peiser, an internationally known glass artist, was born in Chicago in 1938. After studying electrical engineering at Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana, 1955-1957), he received a Bachelor of Science in Design from Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois, 1961). Peiser studied piano and composition at DePaul University School of Music (Chicago, Illinois, 1965-1967) before attending Penland School of Crafts (Penland, North Carolina) in 1967. After five weeks of glass classes, he became the first resident craftsman in glass at the school. Peiser is a founder of the Glass Art Society, of which he is now an honorary member, and a leading presence in the Studio Glass Movement. Inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council in 1988, Peiser received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in 2004, the North Carolina Governor’s Award in 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society in 2010 and the North Carolina Living Treasure Award in 2011, among others. He has exhibited worldwide and is in many public and private collections including the Asheville Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, the Glassmuseum Ebeltoft, the Lucerne Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, among others. By challenging established formulas and techniques throughout his career, Peiser has created and combined new and unusual colors in his glass sculptures. This approach to glass is radical as he has literally invented new glasses in order to pursue an idea through to creation. In 2009, a special glass formulation was created by melting opal glasses for his Palomar series of sculptures that pay homage to Corning Glass Works’ famous 200-inch Disk, the telescope mirror cast in 1934 for the Mt. Palomar Observatory in California. Currently, Peiser is working on the Marko Blanko Project to develop a specialty glass for filigrana. Peiser’s work highlights include: EARLY WORKS  1967 – 1977 Develops blowing skills, designs and builds various furnaces and equipment, develops formulations for crystal, various opal and luster glasses. Produces iridescent miniatures, gather pots, flower forms, spaghetti bowls, copper core vessels, opaque geometric and image vessels. PAPERWEIGHT VASES (PWV) 1975 – 1981 Introduces and develops torch working techniques for furnace blown work allowing more detailed imagery and perspective. Produces Paperweight Vases portraying natural subjects and landscapes, urban views and abstract imagery related to the vessel form. INNERSPACE (IS) 1983 – 1994 Develops graphite molding process and casting glasses. Makes compound cast glass pieces that compose the internal volume of solid transparent forms. Produces Innerspace series including Ascensions, Hands, Light Beams, Moons, Mountain Skyscapes, Muses, Planets and Polychrome Progressions. FORMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (FOC) 1994 – 2004 Develops bottom pour casting furnace, casting and mold techniques, and glass formulae allowing larger scale work representing psychological conditions. CONTRITION SECOND STUDY (CSS) 2000 – 2004 Produces a limited edition of 50 as a learning experience to formulate and develop casting process for controlled translucency in sculptural glass. COLDSTREAM CASTING (CSC) 2001 – 2007 A creative use of my bottom pour furnace. My most fun in a glass shop since 1969. View videos of the Coldstream Casting process on You Tube by searching Mark Peiser. PALOMAR  2008 – 2012 Develops vermiculite molding process. Produces Palomar series as a tribute to the accomplishment of the Palomar Mirror in 1934. For more about the Palomar series and the transition to the Passage and Etudes Tableau, search You Tube for Mark Peiser’s Corning Museum of Glass talk.  PASSAGES AND ETUDES TABLEAU  2012 – PRESENT Refines formulation and heat treatment of light scattering glasses. Produces work whose subject is light. Now, more than a half century later, Peiser’s name is synonymous with invention and precision. He conveyed to ToYG podcast: “Most of my earliest memories are of making things. I seem to have a knack for seeing how things work, how things go together, and how to make it. If I have a gift, that’s it. “When I was in design school, I became concerned with the essence of quality. Read some books and papers, sat through some lectures, and developed a somewhat subconscious but deep commitment for my life’s efforts. Later working in industry, design and advertising it was difficult to impossible to implement quality. At my level it was irrelevant and deeply unsatisfying. When I happened into Penland and the beginning of the Studio Glass Movement, the control offered by the notion of a one-man glass studio seemed an avenue that could lead to quality. I’ve done my best to hold to that path throughout my career. All in all, I’ve been successfully self- employed for 57 years. As we all hope, with the rest of life, I did the best I could at the time. But unlike the rest of life, I could disappear a bad piece like it never happened.  “Being an artist is not just another job. It’s a commitment.”  
      1. Mark Peiser
      2. Kim Thomas aka Zii Glass
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