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The Bullseye Story

 

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In the summer of 1974, three recent art school graduates set up a glass factory in the backyard of a ramshackle house in Portland, Oregon, to make colored sheets for the stained glass trade. A chance encounter with artist Klaus Moje in 1979 inspired them to do something that had never been done before: produce a palette of tested-compatible glasses for creating works in a kiln.


Four decades later, that humble backyard factory has expanded to cover most of the block, but two things remain the same:

  • We still produce glass one hand-made sheet at a time—as well as accessory glasses like powder, frit, and stringer.
  • We continue to work hand-in-hand with artists to expand the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of kiln-glass.

And the story continues...

 


 

Bullseye Through the Years

 

1974

Dan Schwoerer, Ray Ahlgren, and Boyce Lundstrom found the company.

1981

The world's first line of "Tested Compatible" glass designed specifically for fusing delivered to artist Klaus Moje. Read The Klaus Moje Connection: How Bullseye Came to Develop Compatible Glass

1980s - present

Numerous artist residencies. Artists have included Narcissus Quagliata, Rafael Carduro, Bertil Vallien, Jun Kaneko, Giles Bettison, Richard Whiteley, Dante Marioni, and many others.

1990

Department of Research & Education formalized

1993

Bullseye Research Director Rudi Gritsch develops the Vitrigraph kiln for a Narcissus Quagliata project

1995

"The Bullseye Connection: A Glassworking Resource Center" opens in Portland's Pearl District.

1999

"Bullseye Gallery" opens in Portland's Pearl District.

2000

Bullseye receives its first liturgical commission: Narcissus Quagliata's The Gift. A tall window in the north transept of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, The Gift is one of 68 windows by five artists, done in three different techniques.

2001

Warm Glass @ Bullseye (wg@be), a juried exhibition for emerging artists working in kiln-glass, held at the Bullseye Resource Center in Portland. This will grow into a biennial event renamed Emerge.

2003

BECon 2003, our first international conference on kilnforming, held in Portland — Keynote address by Richard Whiteley.

2004

Bullseye Resource Center relocates to current location adjacent to the Factory

Emerge 2004: WG@BE3 — winners included Judith Conway, Rachel Ravenscroft, and Nathan Sandberg

2005

BECon 2005 - RAMP UP — Keynote address by Tina Oldknow

2006

Emerge 2006 — Winners/finalists included Cobi Cockburn, Jaqueline Cooley, and Joseph Cavalieri

Bullseye Research & Education Studios move into new facility adjacent to the Factory

Bullseye begins developing a dedicated fabrication studio that can make kilnformed glass available to artists and architects working with large scale projects.

2007

BECon 2007 - BIG IDEAS: Kiln-Glass in Architecture — Keynote address by Narcissus Quagliata

2008

Bullseye Online Store opens

Emerge 2008 — Winners/finalists included Sabine Rosenberger, Saman Kalantari, and Heike Brachlow

2009

BECon 2009 - Kilncasting: Filling the Void (new anneal soak temperature announced)

2010

Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe opens

Emerge 2010 — Winners/finalists include Kate Baker, Shannon Brunskill, and Joseph Harrington

2011

BECon 2011 - CROSSOVER: A Material Exchange — Keynote address by Judith Schaechter

2012

Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area opens

Emerge 2012 — Winners/finalists included Émilie Haman, Miri Admoni, Amanda Simmons

2013

Bullseye Resource Center New York opens

BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE — Keynote address by Beverly Fishman

2014

Emerge 2014 — Winners included Kathryn Wightman, Anna Mlasowsky, and Rei Chikaoka

2015

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Bullseye Gallery renamed Bullseye Projects — In addition to local and touring art exhibitions, its evolving scope now includes a child-focused Glass Lab and expanded artist residency and studio fabrication programs.

2016

Bullseye officially names its fabrication department, Bullseye Studio.

2020

Bullseye Studio completes its second collaboration with artist Lynn Basa, with the successful installation of a 71' x 25' kiln-glass mural. A Percent for Art project, the artwork was commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council for the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse in downtown Portland, OR.