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BECon 2009

KILNCASTING: Filling the Void

Bullseye’s fourth kiln-glass conference was focused on kilncasting. Leading artists and technical experts shared their knowledge and vision—in everything from art, design and technical issues to international trends in kilncast glass.


Opening Reception: June 18
Conference sessions: June 18–20
Pre-conference workshops & tours: June 12–21
Post-conference workshops & tours: June 21–28


Portland State University campus, Bullseye Glass Factory, Bullseye Gallery, Bullseye Resource Center, and various local kiln-glass studios.

Sessions & Presenters

  • On the Couch with Clifford Clifford Rainey & Richard Whiteley
  • Keynote: What Does Glass Want to Be When It Grows Up? Janet Koplos
  • From the Privacy of the Studio to the Realm of Public Art Howard Ben Tré
  • Emerging Perspectives in Kilncasting from RIT Rebecca Arday, Shane Caryl, Drew Smith, Cassandra Straubing
  • Think Slow—Make…? The Evolution of a Hybrid Practice Geoffrey Mann
  • Stress, Out! Avoiding Painful Breaks and Strains Richard Whiteley & Ted Sawyer
  • Ideal Casting Kilns Daniel Clayman with Bullseye Research & Education Staff
  • Thick with Images Jeffrey Sarmiento
  • Made with the Assistance Of… Melanie Hunter
  • How to Cast Glass Across the World Jaqueline Cooley & Marshall Hyde
  • Beyond the Object Chick Butcher
  • On Colour, Glass, and Light Heike Brachlow
  • Challenges Dan Clayman
  • Fat Bottom Box—One Glass: Multiple Techniques Jessica Loughlin

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops & Tours

  • Mold Making and Kilncasting Linda Ethier
  • Pâte de Verre, Methods to Form By Alicia Lomné
  • Considering Color Nathan Sandberg & Erik Whittemore
  • Taking 2D to Glowing 3D; Pâte de Verre Deborah Horrell
  • Mysteries of Lost Wax Revealed Linda Ethier
  • Thick with Images Jeffrey Sarmiento
  • Kilncast Glass Richard Whiteley
  • Portland Studio & Home Tours Deborah Horrell Studio; Linda Ethier Studio; Bullseye Research & Education Studios Home Of Daniel Schwoerer & Lani McGregor


Emerging Perspectives: The RIT Project
May 5–June 23 | Bullseye Gallery

The results of a January artist exchange at the Bullseye Glass Company, involving recent students of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York: Rebecca Arday, Shane Caryl, Drew Smith and Cassandra Straubing.

Filling the Void: BECon Presenters
May 19–July 25 | Bullseye Gallery

Glass sculpture by international presenters, artists and educators involved in Bullseye Glass Company's biennial BECon 2009 conference. Featuring work by Howard Ben Tré, Heike Brachlow, Chick Butcher, Daniel Clayman, Melanie Hunter, Alicia Lomné, Jessica Loughlin, Clifford Rainey, Nathan Sandberg, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Ted Sawyer, Richard Whiteley, and Erik Whittemore.

Technical Exhibitors

  • Bohle America, Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Covington Engineering Corp. Redlands, California, United States
  • Ditore Glass Works San Diego, California, United States
  • His Glassworks, Inc. Asheville, North Carolina, United States
  • Paragon Industries, L.P. Mesquite, Texas, United States
  • Ransom & Randolph Maumee, Ohio, United States
  • Western Industrial Ceramics, Inc. Tualatin, Oregon, United States