Workshops and projects are in full swing! Special thanks to visiting instructors, Morgan Van Madison, Louise Krampien & Erika Tada. These images were taken at Bullseye Resource Center Portland over the past few weeks.

Creative Concepts in Kilnforming, with Morgan Van Madison:

Thanks for an inspiring workshop, Morgan!

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….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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OK, OK, so I deserted my post. It’s been a little crazy lately. I know I’m not alone when I say that. But amidst all the unpleasantness of the economic downturn, a few glimmers of sunlight have popped out of the oddest places.

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It’s hardly news that kids art programs are massively underfunded in the US. At Bullseye we typically need to decline the vast majority of requests we receive for donations. Even in the best of times, we just don’t have the resources to fill a hole that deep.

So why now?

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Artists Richard Whiteley and Heike Brachlow with Bullseye’s UK Director Karen Davies, wound up their five venue lecture tour through Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England last Sunday with twin presentations at the University of Ulster, Belfast.

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First stop: the energetic Scottish crowd. Or Why the Scots Invented Whisky.

Despite the reaction of the Clackmannanshire  (you’d be exhausted too if you had to say that more than once) crowd, early reports indicate that our first speaking venture into the wilds of the British Isles was a success.

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Remember when this kind of thing was all part of a company picnic?
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Sales manager Jim and Comptroller Eric enjoyed the dunking pool back in the carefree ‘90s.
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