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Reverse-Relief Kiln Castings

In March 2002 the Bullseye Research and Education Department hosted an artist exchange with Mexican master Rafael Cauduro. Cauduro has been a painter since 1975 and began working with glass in 2000. He came to Bullseye to create his pre-Columbian death symbols, TZOMPANTLIS, in cast glass.

The Cauduro project was headed by Bullseye's Director of Research & Education Ted Sawyer with assistance from studio techs Paul McNulty and Wendy Turner. Fire Art's Ray Ahlgren provided project consultation.

Among the most highly esteemed painters in Mexico today, Rafael Cauduro (b. 1950) trained originally in architecture and industrial design. He is best known for his hyper-realistic and illusionist works in a wide variety of media, including—besides his innovative uses of paint—metals and resins.

A residency at the Pilchuck Glass School introduced him to the potential of glass. His friend, Narcissus Quagliata, introduced him to Bullseye. The rest is part of R&E history.