How to describe the works of Mel Douglas?  I would start off by saying they’re not especially showy.  If I saw one from across the room, it likely wouldn’t pull me in.  But as I moved closer to the piece as I would naturally, I would notice it and the closer I got to it the more it would pull me.  I guess you could call that “gravity”.

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The Realm of Quantifiable Truths, the debut solo exhibition of Emily Nachison, was on view at Bullseye Gallery from July 2 – August 30, 2014. Emily, who is a Portland native, dropped by to speak about some of the ideas she was exploring while working on this project, some of her inspirations, and goals of her work.

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Folks come from far and wide to take classes in Bullseye’s Research & Education studios in Portland, and this week was no exception.

A group of 10 students from Japan have been here participating in a five-day glass fusing expedition organized by Junji Miwa of Jujo, a Bullseye dealer in Nagoya, Japan. This is the sixth such group trip that Miwa has led to Portland since 2005. For several members of the group, this was a return trip. Here are a few pictures snapped throughout the week. read more

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

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

Last year we invited Tanja Pak, Slovenia’s Designer of the Year, to “fuse aesthetics to practicality” in a factory residency that would provide the content for her discussion with Bullseye’s lead fabricator Tom Jacobs on The Poetry of Production at this summer’s BECon conference.

Brian, Trevor, Ted, Tom, and Tanja: Day One

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After we’d toured the kids around the glass factory a week ago, they spent some time in their school studio translating the experience with paper, pencil and clay. I was told that one of their Tour Guides (moi) made a big impression on them. A kind of doughy impression. Something between Francis Bacon and Mr Potato Head.

Moi or mwah?

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What I'm learning along the edge....

So, yesterday I’m standing in front of a dozen kindergarten kids who are about to take a tour of our glass factory.

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Watching paint dry.

Even worse. Watching someone painting a booth two aisles away via a photo posted on the gallery’s Facebook page. How distant can we make being this close?

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