Video Transcript

John:               
Hi this is John from The Cupboard and CupboardGlassPipes in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We're at the Degenerate Flame Off or DFO in Eugene, Oregon.   We're here with AKM, who is a very famous artist and getting more famous every day.  Tell us about your time here at DFO. 

AKM:              
It has been great.  It's my first time in Oregon, first time in Eugene.  I'm having a blast.  Everyone here is really nice.  The event's been really awesome, coordinated really well, seems to be lots of space for everybody and place for everyone to be, good watching area to watch them blow glass.  I did a demo on the first day, and it was a lot of fun.  I think that people were enjoying watching what we made.  I have had a great time so far.

John:               
How about the crowd. Have you seen many of your artist friends here and have you met any new ones?

AKM:              
I definitely have seen a lot of my friends that I've met in the past, past artists.  I think there's been a couple of new people that I've met.  I can't name them of the top of the head.  It's kind of an overwhelming event with so many people.  It's definitely been fun, new connections and old, definitely getting them in here.

John:               
I know the folks from The Cupboard and CupboardGlassPipes.com got some pieces from you.  Can you tell us about some of those pieces, and the story behind them?

AKM:              
Yeah.  There is some collab pendants with me and El Hefe, and they're just one of my most popular items right now is the pendant.  Everyone wants them.  El Hefe came up to Virginia with me, and we made a couple pieces together, and they just got really good review online.
    
I couldn't decide what to do with them, so I had to bring them to DFO where I could sell them personally to people.  They're really nice pieces.  I enjoy them a lot.  I know El Hefe was really excited about them to.  We're excited to have them out there, and for the community to be able to enjoy them to.

John:               
Everyone at the Cupboard and CupboardGlassPipes.com are really happy to have those pieces available for their customers.  We're really excited about your good fortune and your great work. 

                       
Tell me about your relationship with Matt Robertson.  How long have you known Matt and where did you meet?

AKM:              
I met Matt Robertson in the CHAMPS competition circuit.  We were blowing glass together in a competition last July, I believe, and we blew glass beside each other, and just chatted.  Then we did, in January, the Masters Competition, where we really had a good time.

We recently did CHAMPS in Atlantic City and Canada together, and we got to make some collaborative work there.  It really kind of brought us together, and made us, I don't know, just put us in proximity and we were able to make some really fun stuff.

Matt's a really nice guy.  I enjoy his company.  He's fun to hang with, so makes working easy when you really connect with someone on another level.  It makes the artwork come out really so much smoother.  Good results in the end too.

John:               
That's what we found too.  The community is just so open, and so nice, and so open to meeting new people and learning and helping each other out.  That's been one of the main drivers behind why we love this community so much.

AKM:              
Yeah.  Absolutely.  It's very tight-knit, very friendly.  It's like family, you look out for each other.  When people are in need, we raise money, we make things happen.  It's a great way to be.  It's just like second family, that's the only other way to put it.  I'm really happy to be a part of it.

John:               
How far did you travel to get here….where are you from?

AKM:              
I'm in Richmond, Virginia.  I have a studio there called Influence Glass.  We've been down there in Richmond and we're going to be there for a little while, probably too. 

John:               
Where can people find you?

AKM:              
Yeah.  The best place to find me is Pipemaker on Instagram, @pipemaker.

John:               
Okay.  Great.  Thanks so much AKM.

AKM:              
All right.

John:               
Appreciate it.