Part of Bullseye’s Dream Team: left to right, that’s Erik, Tom, Paul and Nathan, loading a 300 lb casting made up of over 700 individual strips of glass.
Today Bullseye’s Research & Education department has a staff of seven full-time technicians who help artists wrestle through new processes and trouble-shoot old ones. They also develop and teach short courses, test new glasses, brainstorm new methods and document what they learn in technical papers that are distributed free on the internet.
The R&E team today is a lot like the guys that started the factory almost 35 years ago: same age, similar backgrounds, comparable curiosity. What’s different is the bottom line. Bullseye has grown up. It’s a serious business. It had to be or it couldn’t have survived.
The other stuff that’s different is that we don’t have beer on tap any longer and I’m pretty sure that no one is smoking dope at work.
Driving Under the Influence of Jun Kaneko: Paul unloads another
300 lb kiln-cast glass slab from the artist’s current factory project.
“Toro”, R & E’s latest DIY project
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