Monthly Archives: April 2009

….and come to BECon 2009

I was in college in the ‘60s. I’m past the age where that’s as much an embarrassment as a statement of fact.  For my husband Dan there’s never been any emotion other than shameless glee in recalling his university years.

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And why not? As coxswain on the rowing team he got to yell at bigger guys through a bullhorn – great practice for eventually running a glass factory.

But seriously. Although we’ve never discussed it much, I know from the anecdotes that we’ve shared that college for each of us – separated by a continent and an ocean – was about the same thing: group learning.

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Back in the early ‘70s the Bullseye guys (Dan, Ray & Boyce) were pretty smug about making art glass out of recycled bottles. No doubt, it was a cool idea. Followed by a few other ideas that weren’t quite so cool. Like using recycled dogs – ok ok, just the ash, collected from the local pound – to make a “bone ash opal”.  (Who could have known that the metal tags would muck up the color?)

Ideas are one thing. Style is another. IMO Bullseye didn’t have a lot of it back then (whose idea was it to run those stupid glass worms across the pages of Glass Fusing Book One?)

Recycling + Style? Enter The Dutch. Must be in the air (or the canals?) Only the nation that gave us Droog could do THIS to Bullseye crating:

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Built by Hans Vernooij for Tim Schoondergang. (A note to Bullseye’s warehouse team: please watch the penmanship when filling in those net and gross weights in the future – it needs to be worthy of someday hovering over the Hutspot.)

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