In memory of the recently deceased Australian artist, educator, and friend Klaus Moje, Bullseye Glass Co. of Portland, Oregon, has instituted two initiatives to commemorate his impact on the company. Bullseye will establish an annual scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck Glass School and rename a key department The Klaus Moje Center for Research and Education.
“We first met Klaus in 1979 through a workshop he was leading at the glass arts program that Dale Chihuly had started a few years earlier on a former tree farm just north of Seattle,” recalls Bullseye co-founder Daniel Schwoerer. “He was exploring kiln-glass at Pilchuck that summer and having massive problems with incompatibilities between colors. My partners and I had been working on the same problem down in Portland, so we invited Klaus to visit us at the factory.”
That visit to Bullseye became the first of many for Moje over the next four decades as his aesthetic vision helped to shape the small factory’s technical direction in developing the world’s first line of tested-compatible colored glass.
“Without experiencing the aesthetic possibilities inherent in Klaus’s working method, it’s unlikely Dan and his partners Boyce Lundstrom and Ray Ahlgren would have pursued kiln-glass with such dedicated ferocity,” says Bullseye Projects Director Lani McGregor.
By 1991, the company’s commitment to technical exploration in support of the glass arts was formalized with the outfitting and staffing of a “Research and Education” department.
Ongoing technical discoveries in subsequent years evolved into an educational program, one that enjoyed ties with the Glass Workshop that Moje founded at the Canberra School of Art at the Australian National University in 1982. Students from Moje’s Canberra program were invited to group and solo residencies at the factory over the years, setting a tone and culture that continues to this day.
“Renaming the department for Klaus and funding an opportunity for an artist to spend time at Pilchuck, where we made this historic connection, is Bullseye’s way of keeping alive Klaus’s memory and our shared passion,” says McGregor.
Bullseye has announced that through December 31, 100% of sales of these selected books will go toward funding the Pilchuck Glass School scholarship in Moje’s name.