Congratulations to the Emerge 2014 award winners! The awards were announced on April 12th during an award ceremony at Bullseye Gallery in Portland.

More exciting news from the ceremony: Emerge/Evolve—an exhibit featuring selected works from Emerge 2014 and work by three past Emerge finalists—will travel to the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington, in spring 2015. read more

You know that old chestnut about necessity being the mother of invention? Nowhere is it more true than in a kiln-glass studio. At least in mine. I’ve repeatedly found myself having to research subjects about which I was completely ignorant, learning a new skill (such as brazing stainless steel for a sculpture base), or experimenting with an unusual new material.

Mica in the raw. I collected this from an old quarry.

Case in point: I’ve been working with glass frit powder in a variation of the pate de verre technique, making three-dimensional glass bird feathers. Many real feathers have iridescent surfaces and glint with metallic tints when the light catches them at certain angles. I wanted to figure out a way to emulate this effect, but Bullseye Glass doesn’t manufacture iridescent frit. What to do?

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The research continues…

I owe this shot to Amy Ferber – one of our favorite party girls!

The second most popular interactive display in Bullseye Gallery’s recent Retrospective exhibition was a set of brightly colored cast-glass wedges. It wasn’t designed with children in mind. It was intended to show the range of possibilities in mixing frits and the gradations related to thickness. read more

Art happens.

Kids love glass – or sand pretending to be glass

The Gallery’s most recent exhibition is a didactic one: Retrospective tells the story of a factory that has always worked with artists. The works on display reflect some of those projects. Among my favorites are those done in the “painting with glass” methods that have flowed out of sessions with masters like Narcissus Quagliata and his friend Rafael Cauduro. read more

Recently discovered in the Bullseye media archive: Casting Glass, a film from the late 1970s by Terry Forgette. It was produced for a glass conference and documents the glass manufacturing process in the factory at that time. Needless to say a lot has changed, but one thing hasn’t: we’re still making glass one sheet at a time. read more

“Picture yourself in Reactive Cloud Opal…” That sounds like a line from the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” which is sort of appropriate because I recently took the magical mystery tour that is the Special Effects in Kiln-Glass workshop at Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe. You could almost say it blew my mind.

Meredith gives us the lowdown on reactives.

The workshop was led by Meredith Gill, who coaxed me into the workshop a few days earlier, when I saw her cutting scads of glass squares in the Resource Center workroom and asked what they were for. When I found out that I’d come away from a very affordable class with a large set of samples, I signed up immediately. read more

A couple weeks ago I was perusing the shelves at the Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe, when a sheet of blue glass caught my eye. Its rich, deep teal pulled me right in; I could dive into this piece of glass and take a swim. “Steel Blue Opalescent” read the label, and I recalled that name from one of the workshops I had taken.

We were experimenting with various textures of glass frit, to see how they changed after firing. Steel Blue Opal was the star of the show. Unlike any other of the glass we worked with, this frit would fire out to be either teal blue or metallic silver, depending on the firing temperature and whether the frit was exposed to air or covered by other material. How could this be? read more

New Mexico's vibrant landscape inspired my plate design.

Late summer’s monsoon rains transform the arid landscape of New Mexico into a riot of wildflowers. Billows of golden chamisa make a perfect complement to purple asters, and everywhere there are sunflowers. This year’s display has been particularly rich, as the desert received record-breaking rainfall over the last few weeks. I was inspired to use the palette of this early autumn show in my newest glass project. Using the Make It: Inline Plate project, I interpreted this glorious landscape into something that would be around well after the flowers all faded. read more

Bullseye Resource Center Portland now offers single session classes for children. “Portraits in Glass”, an exploration of self-portraiture, is offered on certain Saturdays in October and November 2013.

Project examples from “Portraits in Glass” a class for children at Bullseye Glass Resource Center Portland.

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Matthew Szösz’s exhibition “Permutations” at the Resource Center Bay Area Gallery, will be shown until January 11, 2014. We hope you can stop by to see this innovative work. Here are more snapshots from the opening reception… read more