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Percy Echols II

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Welcome back or welcome to the Taming Lightning Podcast, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as emerging Plasma Tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space for exploring Plasma and Neon Light.Taming Lightning Podcast is a series of conversations to help expand our understanding of Plasma and Neon Light - looking beyond it's associations with novelty and sign making, and to explore the potential for Noble Gases as an artistic medium with each guest sharing their unique knowledge and experience.

Latest Episodes

Chapter ONE X Notes: Inspiration, Tell-tale Truth, and Elements of Plasma

Hello Lightning Tamers and Welcome to Chapter X notes, These are bonus episodes to supplement the Taming lightning X Geeks collaborative series: intro to plasma, where I was inspired to expand on questions or topics from each episode. In this podcast I will address three topics from Chapter 1, the first being the inspiration behind my drive to learn about plasma, the story, and concept behind The Tell-Tale truth, and to expand on the elements of plasma to better transition into chapter 2: Taking Shape, which will involve the functional and aesthetic consideration for making a vessel in glass. Donate to Support Taming Lighting x GEEX Intro to Plasma series Show Notes Music: Intro: Boost by Joakim Karud Outro: The Process by Lakey Inspired www.Taminglightning.net

21 min5 d ago
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Chapter ONE X Notes: Inspiration, Tell-tale Truth, and Elements of Plasma

EP 31: Taming Lightning x GEEX | Chapter 1: Plasma Primer with Percy

Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 31, and in today’s podcast, I'll be joined by Ben Orozco in collaboration with GEEX, where our respective experience as plasma and neon artists, technicians come together to produce a 4 chapter series for glass educators and co-learners new to the plasma process introducing elements of plasma in an easy-to-apply format, while touching on my journey as a self-starter and alchemist. https://geex.glass/resources/taminglightning-podcast/ Donate to Support Taming Lighting x GEEX series Show Notes Music: Intro: Boost by Joakim Karud Intermission: Sunnyside by ONE Outro: The Process by Lakey Inspired www.Taminglightning.net

29 minOCT 22
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EP 31: Taming Lightning x GEEX | Chapter 1: Plasma Primer with Percy

EP 30: A Noble Quest: History of Noble Gases

This episode is sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowment in reception of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, and residency is hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 30, and in today’s podcast, I’ll be reading the article “A Noble Quest: History of noble gases” by Mike Sutton, the story of William Ramsay’s Hunt for the noble gases! During the early 2 months of the covid-19 pandemic with the stay-at-home order here in Pittsburgh, I took advantage of that time to research. Among many things, I wanted to answer several questions I had for the noble gases: when were they discovered, who discovered them, and the naming convention behind the gases. (the last one being my slight obsession with word and meanings/definitions of). I ended up on the Chemistry World website where I found this article. Now it took a little more time than previous permission but Taming Lightning has been granted permission to read the following article from the Chemistry World Magazine by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

31 minSEP 19
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EP 30: A Noble Quest: History of Noble Gases

EP 29: Dalibor Farný x Nixie Tubes

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello, Lightning Tamers this is episode number 29. In today's podcast, we have Dalibor Farny! For those who don't know he's a small manufacturer of the world's largest nixie tube & Clocks in the Czech Republic. The reason I wanted to have him on the podcast is for several reasons, one which I believe has parallelled the struggles of those pursuing the seeming untamable nature of plasma or anyone in pursuit of self-learning is that his engineer background was all he had before becoming enamored by nixie tubes. not unlike myself, he pursued as much info as he could be it text or what little existed on the internet before needing the help of those willing to share their knowledge. He searched, gathered, and learned about the equipment nee...

37 minJUL 24
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EP 29: Dalibor Farný x Nixie Tubes

EP 28: American Classic Neons with Tim Takacs

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 28! In today’s podcast, we have American Classic Neons with Tim Takacs! Just in case there may be any concern, this podcast was recorded in early March 2020, prior to COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you.R Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I’d like to thank Tim Takacs for letting me visit his Neon Studio and for the conversation. Hugh Elliot was also there working on some Neon for local bars and restaurants. I hope to work with him soon to have some new neon made and talk about future projects. I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, also Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people.

21 minJUN 5
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EP 28: American Classic Neons with Tim Takacs

EP 27: Candice Watkins - Enlightened Arts

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 27. In today’s podcast we have Enlightened Arts with Candice Watkins, who had formerly worked with Neon & Illuminated Art, Sculpture & Site-Specific Projects, and currently works with organizing and promoting events in Columbus, Ohio. Just in case there may be any concern, this podcast was recorded in early March 2020, prior to COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you.

29 minMAY 30
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EP 27: Candice Watkins - Enlightened Arts

EP 26: Mundy Monday - DIY Electrodes and Gas Mixtures

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired This is episode 26 Monday with Mundy featuring a conversation about Mundy’s experimentation with making his own electrodes, and a recent iteration he’s been exploring using dumet wire and silicon aluminum welding wire.

32 minAPR 29
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EP 26: Mundy Monday - DIY Electrodes and Gas Mixtures

EP 25: Bruce Suba - On Learning as much as you can, and MORE!

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired In today’s podcast, I’ll be introducing Bruce Suba: scientific glass, neon, and plasma. Bruce and I have been in conversation for over a year or so, we met in person last year at the Plasma Parley hosted by Glas, Neon Art Studio in Raleigh, NC. This was recorded towards the end of my trip to the Bay area in January, where in addition to visiting, I was doing some Technical Consultation for Half Moon Bay Art Glass regarding acquired neon equipment, and passing that along for additional modifications and repairs by Bruce. In addition to Mr. Suba’s background we’ll be hearing some much-needed wisdom in the pursuit of plasma, the need to learn as much as you can, the importance of connecting with communities such as the ASGS, the Ameri...

44 minAPR 10
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EP 25: Bruce Suba - On Learning as much as you can, and MORE!

EP 24: Cork Marcheschi - Making Art that Lights You Up!

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired In today’s podcast we have artist Cork Marcheschi, who background is numerous whether it be fine arts, sculpture, music, film, writing, neon, or plasma. His diverse use of materials in his artwork are often accompanied and or influenced by light. During my trip to the Bay area in January, I asked Patrick Collentine, a former student of Cork, and whom was my instructor in plasma, for an introduction. I was invited to meet him at his Studio, And when I arrived I was greeted warmly and we began our conversation.

47 minAPR 3
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EP 24: Cork Marcheschi - Making Art that Lights You Up!

EP 23: David Wilson - Solar Powered Glassblowing, Glo Glass, and Plasma!

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired In today’s podcast, we have David Wilson glassblower and owner of Atomic Solar for renewable solar energy. When it came to neon he was inspired by neon and furnace works of Paul Seide that he saw when visiting the Heller Gallery, which leads to his first Neon experience in 1993 as an assistant to Jacob Fishman at Penland School of Craft. He also created the florescent glass called Glo Glass that is sold exclusively at Spruce Pine which he’s had years to play around with, so don’t be shy to give you a ring or email, whether its about glass or perhaps a special project using solar energy. www.taminglightning.net

52 minMAR 23
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EP 23: David Wilson - Solar Powered Glassblowing, Glo Glass, and Plasma!

Latest Episodes

Chapter ONE X Notes: Inspiration, Tell-tale Truth, and Elements of Plasma

Hello Lightning Tamers and Welcome to Chapter X notes, These are bonus episodes to supplement the Taming lightning X Geeks collaborative series: intro to plasma, where I was inspired to expand on questions or topics from each episode. In this podcast I will address three topics from Chapter 1, the first being the inspiration behind my drive to learn about plasma, the story, and concept behind The Tell-Tale truth, and to expand on the elements of plasma to better transition into chapter 2: Taking Shape, which will involve the functional and aesthetic consideration for making a vessel in glass. Donate to Support Taming Lighting x GEEX Intro to Plasma series Show Notes Music: Intro: Boost by Joakim Karud Outro: The Process by Lakey Inspired www.Taminglightning.net

21 min5 d ago
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Chapter ONE X Notes: Inspiration, Tell-tale Truth, and Elements of Plasma

EP 31: Taming Lightning x GEEX | Chapter 1: Plasma Primer with Percy

Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 31, and in today’s podcast, I'll be joined by Ben Orozco in collaboration with GEEX, where our respective experience as plasma and neon artists, technicians come together to produce a 4 chapter series for glass educators and co-learners new to the plasma process introducing elements of plasma in an easy-to-apply format, while touching on my journey as a self-starter and alchemist. https://geex.glass/resources/taminglightning-podcast/ Donate to Support Taming Lighting x GEEX series Show Notes Music: Intro: Boost by Joakim Karud Intermission: Sunnyside by ONE Outro: The Process by Lakey Inspired www.Taminglightning.net

29 minOCT 22
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EP 31: Taming Lightning x GEEX | Chapter 1: Plasma Primer with Percy

EP 30: A Noble Quest: History of Noble Gases

This episode is sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowment in reception of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, and residency is hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 30, and in today’s podcast, I’ll be reading the article “A Noble Quest: History of noble gases” by Mike Sutton, the story of William Ramsay’s Hunt for the noble gases! During the early 2 months of the covid-19 pandemic with the stay-at-home order here in Pittsburgh, I took advantage of that time to research. Among many things, I wanted to answer several questions I had for the noble gases: when were they discovered, who discovered them, and the naming convention behind the gases. (the last one being my slight obsession with word and meanings/definitions of). I ended up on the Chemistry World website where I found this article. Now it took a little more time than previous permission but Taming Lightning has been granted permission to read the following article from the Chemistry World Magazine by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

31 minSEP 19
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EP 30: A Noble Quest: History of Noble Gases

EP 29: Dalibor Farný x Nixie Tubes

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello, Lightning Tamers this is episode number 29. In today's podcast, we have Dalibor Farny! For those who don't know he's a small manufacturer of the world's largest nixie tube & Clocks in the Czech Republic. The reason I wanted to have him on the podcast is for several reasons, one which I believe has parallelled the struggles of those pursuing the seeming untamable nature of plasma or anyone in pursuit of self-learning is that his engineer background was all he had before becoming enamored by nixie tubes. not unlike myself, he pursued as much info as he could be it text or what little existed on the internet before needing the help of those willing to share their knowledge. He searched, gathered, and learned about the equipment nee...

37 minJUL 24
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EP 29: Dalibor Farný x Nixie Tubes

EP 28: American Classic Neons with Tim Takacs

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 28! In today’s podcast, we have American Classic Neons with Tim Takacs! Just in case there may be any concern, this podcast was recorded in early March 2020, prior to COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you.R Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I’d like to thank Tim Takacs for letting me visit his Neon Studio and for the conversation. Hugh Elliot was also there working on some Neon for local bars and restaurants. I hope to work with him soon to have some new neon made and talk about future projects. I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, also Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people.

21 minJUN 5
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EP 28: American Classic Neons with Tim Takacs

EP 27: Candice Watkins - Enlightened Arts

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired Hello Lightning Tamers, this is episode number 27. In today’s podcast we have Enlightened Arts with Candice Watkins, who had formerly worked with Neon & Illuminated Art, Sculpture & Site-Specific Projects, and currently works with organizing and promoting events in Columbus, Ohio. Just in case there may be any concern, this podcast was recorded in early March 2020, prior to COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you.

29 minMAY 30
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EP 27: Candice Watkins - Enlightened Arts

EP 26: Mundy Monday - DIY Electrodes and Gas Mixtures

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired This is episode 26 Monday with Mundy featuring a conversation about Mundy’s experimentation with making his own electrodes, and a recent iteration he’s been exploring using dumet wire and silicon aluminum welding wire.

32 minAPR 29
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EP 26: Mundy Monday - DIY Electrodes and Gas Mixtures

EP 25: Bruce Suba - On Learning as much as you can, and MORE!

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired In today’s podcast, I’ll be introducing Bruce Suba: scientific glass, neon, and plasma. Bruce and I have been in conversation for over a year or so, we met in person last year at the Plasma Parley hosted by Glas, Neon Art Studio in Raleigh, NC. This was recorded towards the end of my trip to the Bay area in January, where in addition to visiting, I was doing some Technical Consultation for Half Moon Bay Art Glass regarding acquired neon equipment, and passing that along for additional modifications and repairs by Bruce. In addition to Mr. Suba’s background we’ll be hearing some much-needed wisdom in the pursuit of plasma, the need to learn as much as you can, the importance of connecting with communities such as the ASGS, the Ameri...

44 minAPR 10
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EP 25: Bruce Suba - On Learning as much as you can, and MORE!

EP 24: Cork Marcheschi - Making Art that Lights You Up!

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired In today’s podcast we have artist Cork Marcheschi, who background is numerous whether it be fine arts, sculpture, music, film, writing, neon, or plasma. His diverse use of materials in his artwork are often accompanied and or influenced by light. During my trip to the Bay area in January, I asked Patrick Collentine, a former student of Cork, and whom was my instructor in plasma, for an introduction. I was invited to meet him at his Studio, And when I arrived I was greeted warmly and we began our conversation.

47 minAPR 3
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EP 24: Cork Marcheschi - Making Art that Lights You Up!

EP 23: David Wilson - Solar Powered Glassblowing, Glo Glass, and Plasma!

Intro Music:Boost by Joakim Karud www.joakimkarud.com https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud ​www.patreon.com/joakimkarud ​Outro Music:The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED WWW.LAKEYINSPIRED.COM https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired www.patreon.com/lakeyinspired In today’s podcast, we have David Wilson glassblower and owner of Atomic Solar for renewable solar energy. When it came to neon he was inspired by neon and furnace works of Paul Seide that he saw when visiting the Heller Gallery, which leads to his first Neon experience in 1993 as an assistant to Jacob Fishman at Penland School of Craft. He also created the florescent glass called Glo Glass that is sold exclusively at Spruce Pine which he’s had years to play around with, so don’t be shy to give you a ring or email, whether its about glass or perhaps a special project using solar energy. www.taminglightning.net

52 minMAR 23
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EP 23: David Wilson - Solar Powered Glassblowing, Glo Glass, and Plasma!
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