30 years, 750,000 trees, and counting…

Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees has planted 750,000 trees and is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018 a group of Bullseye Glass employees joined in a Friends of Trees event, planting trees throughout the Brooklyn neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

In total, more than 200 volunteers came out to plant trees and green neighborhoods all throughout Portland. Bullseye employees have been involved with Friends of Trees individually in the past, but this was the first year a group of us volunteered.

Tentative take-home: volunteering with Friends of Trees is as relaxing as… an Epsom salt bath? Intriguing…

“This was my first (but not last!) time volunteering with Friends of Trees. They were super organized and really fantastic at training up our newbie tree planting team. read more

Low work tables on rollers, adjustable height stools, and mobile sheet pan racks that once anchored the Glass Lab, now in storage.

After blogging last week about a factory tour and my inability to
prioritize the value of its various human parts by comparing them to
organs of the body, a friend pointed out a profoundly simple truth. read more

“Start time? End time? Breaks? Hourly wage?” Casting Supervisor scrambles to answer a volley of unexpected questions from a Latvian visitor watching his team rolling sheet glass.

Tours of the Bullseye factory can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an
hour or more. Questions range from the tech-nerd’s “Is the coloring
chromophore in red glasses part of the silicon tetrahedra?” to the
sweet-faced 8-year old who wants to know how old he has to be to get a
casting job. read more

“Now back up against the furnaces and stand still.” With the metabolism of a heavily caffeinated chipmunk and the curiosity of a five-year old, Bullseye’s production manager is rarely in one place for long.

Sam Andreakos epitomizes the best of Bullseye’s people. In the 30 years that he’s been in the factory, he’s met and wrestled to the ground every high-speed challenge I’ve seen thrown his way. read more


Dan circa 1975. Forty-something years ago Bullseye’s founder couldn’t decide whether he was prouder of the ingeniously winged glass spreader he’d invented or of the factory surviving its first year in business – a milestone proudly proclaimed on the newly designed T-shirt: “Handcast Glass Since 1974”

We celebrated Dan’s 75th birthday last week with a movie, his favorite fish stew and a wee dram of my favorite single malt. read more

Last week we asked our followers on Facebook to post pictures of their glass studios. And did they ever! Here are a few of our favorites.

Sarah Miller Art Studio: "Well, clearly I enjoy chaos."

Mary E. Garcia Studio: "All the tables in our gallery are made from Bullseye crates!"

Laurie Glasskicker Freivogl Studio: "Hard to get a good shot of my Kiku Handmade narrow studio, but here it is. The floor is glitter."

Carol Carson Studio: "This was taken a couple years ago - it's much messier now."

Carmella Jarvi Studio

Faye Travel-Iron: "Work in progress!!!!!" :)

Thanks to everyone who shared pictures! Keep up the great work!


We set up a color palette exercise in-house to see what would come of it.

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Open Kilnforming Studio is one of the great perks of taking a workshop here at Bullseye. It’s open to all levels, whether you’re new to glass or have years of experience. Once you’ve completed one class or workshop at a Bullseye Resource Center, you’re eligible to participate in Open Kilnforming Studio.

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We’re pretty into these little dishes. The form is functional, small and right at home in the kitchen, at the dining table or on a nightstand, dresser or desk. Nice for salt, jewelry, coins or other small items. Great as a set or as a stand alone object.

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Here’s the scoop on making a sweet little light box, great for frit & powder work. We put this version to the test in a few recent workshops with Miriam Di Fiore and it passed with flying colors.

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