In the newest Bullseye Kiln-Glass Education Online video lesson, we showed you a fun and easy project that uses the pâte de verre method.  Day of the Dead Skulls is a great way to learn the basic principles of the method, and have a finished product to show for it.  Now let’s take a look at some more advanced applications of pâte de verre.

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Day of the Dead (Dios de los Muertos) conjures some very distinct imagery: skeletons and skulls, often with big toothy grins, adorned with bright marigolds and intense saturations of color.  Macabre but also festive.  Most of you know it, or have seen it without realizing.

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Last weekend, the hottest of Portland’s summer, Alicia Lomné finished teaching her workshop Pâte de Verre, Methods to Form By. Then, after a quick wardrobe change, she powered through and treated an appreciative audience to a fascinating artist talk about how she does what she does and why she does it. read more

A lot of Bullseye’s gallery team spent the last week on the edge of our seats.

2006 e-merge finalist Robin Provart-Kelly was battling a coven of kiln witches in order to get a piece to us in time for SOFA Chicago. After what seemed like a lifetime of hell in the hot zone, we got an email from Robin with a 20 point EUREKA and a picture of this amazing pâte de verre work.

Robin Provart-Kelly, “Bounty”, 2008. Pâte de verre and kilnformed glass. 3.5″ x 8.25″ x 8″

It’s missed our outbound SOFA truck, so it’s traveling solo to meet up with us when we get to Chicago. We’re all elated – and minus fingernails – to be able to show Robin’s work for the first time at the fair.

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