30 years, 750,000 trees, and counting…

Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees has planted 750,000 trees and is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018 a group of Bullseye Glass employees joined in a Friends of Trees event, planting trees throughout the Brooklyn neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

In total, more than 200 volunteers came out to plant trees and green neighborhoods all throughout Portland. Bullseye employees have been involved with Friends of Trees individually in the past, but this was the first year a group of us volunteered.

Tentative take-home: volunteering with Friends of Trees is as relaxing as… an Epsom salt bath? Intriguing…

“This was my first (but not last!) time volunteering with Friends of Trees. They were super organized and really fantastic at training up our newbie tree planting team. read more

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

Artist Lynn Basa in Bullseye's R&E studio

Artist Lynn Basa (center) visits Bullseye's Research & Education studio to check in on the project.

Bullseye is proud to be part of TriMet’s new Portland-Milwaukie light rail line, scheduled start service in September 2015. Our Research and Education team collaborated with the Canadian firm Mosaika to translate Chicago-based artist Lynn Basa‘s paintings into glass mosaics for the shelter columns at the new MAX line stations. 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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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

With my new home glass studio set up and ready for production, I launched into the Tint Tone Plate project included in my Bullseye Tech Notes binder. The Starter Kit that came with my BenchTop-16 kiln included all the glass needed to make two projects, and this Tint Tone Plate looked to be the easiest of them. Plus, it would give me the opportunity to hone my glass-cutting chops, which were rudimentary at best. read more

We’ve just added a new lesson to Bullseye Kiln-Glass Education Online: Powder Printing (available now to Bullseye Video subscribers)

Powder Printing

Powder printing is well suited to high contrast and graphic imagery.

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Brian Bump warned the friends and relatives he invited to the Working Glass 2012 award ceremony that if he seemed nervous it was because he’d be doing “a performance piece.” Did he ever.

"I was pretty sure of the answer, but my knees were shaking on the way up the stairs."

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The new two-page article now covers sulfur-bearing glasses.

We’ve expanded our popular Get a Reaction article to include reactions with sulfur-bearing sheet glass, powder, and frit.

See how to create special colors and effects whether you’re combining copper-bearing glasses with silver foil or fusing sulfur- or copper-bearing read more

Bullseye’s Bay Area Resource Center recently had it’s first coldworking class, lead by Jeremy Scidmore. Here are a few snaps captured throughout the day.

Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area

Instructor Jeremy Scidmore and his students on the wet belt sander.

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