Exclusively for subscribers: This month we feature three new videos recorded at BECON 2013: CHROMA CULTURE: read more

Recently discovered in the Bullseye media archive: Casting Glass, a film from the late 1970s by Terry Forgette. It was produced for a glass conference and documents the glass manufacturing process in the factory at that time. Needless to say a lot has changed, but one thing hasn’t: we’re still making glass one sheet at a time. read more

If you think it’s hard to start a business in today’s economy, just talk to the three art school graduates who founded Bullseye in 1974. read more

In case you missed it…

A Conversation with Lani McGregor, Part I

“I recently had the opportunity to speak with Lani McGregor, Lani McGregor, Executive Director of Bullseye Gallery and partner with husband Dan Schwoerer in Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, OR. Bullseye recently opened a Resource Center in Emeryville. The journey up to this point has been a colorful one!” ~Susan Longini

(for full article, see link below)

http://www.glancinfo.org/news_lani_mcgregor_part1.html

ENJOY!

Once upon a time, three guys, fresh out of school, decided to put on a show in a barn make colored glass especially for artists to use. The story is told in this month’s American Craft. read more

We’ve got plenty of Ponderosa Pine in the Pacific Northwest. It grows in Central Oregon and arrives at Bullseye in truckloads to be made into crating for the sheet glass we make.

Artist Munson Hunt with Ponderosa pine from New Mexico

So why look outside Oregon for more? And why then invite a sculptor whose primary medium is not glass into our factory to turn this wood to charcoal and charcoal to glass? read more

No secret here: among our Evil Pleasures, Dan and I count single malt whiskies in the Top Ten, just slightly below kiln-glass, Scotland and our cat Annie.

So, no surprise that I was hugely excited a few months ago when a Google Alert took me to the blog of a major Scottish artist making a window for a Highland distillery, using Bullseye frits.

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In the last few months of travel Dan and I have had the good fortune to see some extremely engaging art, from the Turner prizewinners at Tate Britain to the Kienholz Hoerengracht installation at London’s National Gallery, to an intimate showing of one of Anish Kapoor’s untitled Hexagonal Mirrors on view at the Portland Art Museum.

(Don’t anyone ever give me grief again about the time I spend on Facebook! If it hadn’t been for a Facey friend, I’d have missed this Richard Wright beauty that was intentionally destroyed the day after we viewed it.)

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It’s the start of the second full day of SOFA Chicago. The opening was grand. Friday had equal energy.

But no one’s energy matched Dan’s. He must have buzzed up the Rogers staircase at least a half dozen times. Despite encouragement from a group of passing teens, he never jumped.

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The architectural ideas got a lot of chatter. Sales were satisfying.

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Somewhere back in Portland, Oregon,  Susan, Janet and a dozen other serious-minded staffers at the Bullseye Glass Company imagine that their leader, Jim – in Chicago for Bullseye Gallery’s showing at SOFA 2009 – is working hard to uphold the supremely professional reputation of the company and the many fine artists its gallery represents.

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Wrong. Made irreparably giddy by the fumes of Sherwin-Williams #7048, the normally no-nonsense Mr Jones has been buzzing about the monkey bars all morning, drunkenly painting and repainting the endless corners and angles that make up the skeleton of Michael Rogers’ Beekeeper’s Staircase.

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