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BECon ended a week ago. Some of us are still trying to recover. I wish I had some brilliant words to describe it all. I don’t. It exceeded my expectations on all counts, but more than anything I was awestruck by the people who came from around the world to share ideas, stories and insights.


I was even more amazed by the locals – especially Bullseye’s people – who went to such lengths to welcome the world to our town.

Since words fail me, I’m going to fall back on the brilliance of the photographers who caught some of the highlights. Chris, Jerry, Tempest, Alex – thank you for snapping while the rest of us learned, laughed, looked, babbled, dabbled, dined and danced.

If you weren’t there, here’s a taste. If you were there, thank YOU for making BECon 2007 the tastiest yet.


  1. Marc Hines says:


    BECon 2007 was my very first BECon.

    Even now, over a week later, I am still at a loss of words to describe the experience. But I am going to ‘give it the old college try’.

    I want to begin by stating how completely blown away I was at the presentation Narcissus Quagliata gave. The slide and video of his project for the ceiling of the metro station in Kaohusin were too much to absorb in a single viewing. I was amazed at the artistry, astounded at the size and complexity of the project (7,200 square feet!!!) and endless pleased with the quality of the finished pieces created at the Drex studio for this project. Of course we had to give him a standing ovation!

    The Large Scale Kiln-Glass presentations by the BE Research and Education team was very informative. Watching large pieces go from conception to completion, with the occasional failures and final successes were enlightening and fun. Every member of Tom’s team are also excellent speakers – a pleasant bonus to already interesting information.

    Gordon Huether’s ‘Making Art, Love and Money’ was an eye opener for me. Yes, he is a ham and kept the audience laughing the whole way through! There was, however, a great deal to learn from the information packed into his light hearted presentation. Gordon success is, in my mind, due in part to his ability to ‘roll with the punches’ life throws – and it’s a reminder that while life may not follow out plans, success as an artist can still be achieved. I found it very refreshing!

    Patrick Loughran’s ‘Catastrophes in Glass’ was also very interesting to me. His analysis for glass failure in architecture (and the solutions to keep them from happening) gave me a new respect for float glass as used in buildings. It also was filled with practical ideas that can be applied to larger Kiln Formed glass projects. Very useful!

    Paul Housberg’s ‘Marketing for Architectural Commissions’ looked at getting the job in the first place. It was a practical look at presenting your studio to Architects, with reminders that to them we are ‘Vendors’ rather than artists. That’s OK – they pay money to ‘Vendors’ – but it also means they generally see our work in these situations as another ‘To Do’ on the schedule. Paul’s forthright presentation helps us with having the right mindset for success when dealing with architectural commissions. Good stuff!

    Richard Parrish and Laurel Porcari’s ‘Starting the Business’ presentations were very honest and frank. They talked about success and failures, projects won and lost. I was unfamiliar with Laurels work before this, but I knew Richard’s work well. Seeing the similarities and differences of their locations, situations and circumstances (and unplanned happenings like Katrina setting projects on permanent hold) still left much there experiences had in common. Thanks to both of them for being so open about the challenges.

    I had expected to be bored during Brian Posewitz and Rick Allen’s ‘I think I need a lawyer’, but instead it was helpful and informative. Copy write and Liability law may sound a little dry, but it was useful and timely.

    The Lehr-B-Q was insanely fun. I met folks from all over the globe, and talked and laughed (and ate) the evening away.

    The studio tours on Thursday were great. Each location was different, yet every one created marvelous large scale works successfully.

    Perhaps an under anticipated part of BECon was value of meeting other artists. Learning what others are doing, what motivates them to create and what successes the have had was an amazing part of the experience. I ended up with invitations to visit studios around the world.

    I am STILL exhausted – and I was just attending. I can’t imagine how worn out the BE staff was.

    But it was fantastic experience for me! Thanks again for having it!

    Marc Hines…

  2. Morganica says:

    Uhm….I was going to add my 3 cents, but I think Marc spent the whole dime. Lemme just add that I learned a lot, had a lot of fun…and agree wholeheartedly with Marc that the networking is probably one of the more valuable aspects of the whole thing. (for me at least)

  3. Lani says:

    Wow, Marc – next time I’m at a loss for words, I know who to tap! Thank you for wrapping it up so nicely. I couldn’t have done it better.

    And leaving Cynthia speechless is definitely a rare event ;-) !

    - Lani

  4. Marc Hines says:

    It was just pointed out to me that I have I had called Ted Sawyer ‘Tom’ in my above recap.

    Ted – this was not intentional, I guess I was just momentarily lost in a “Mark Twain Moment”. It is similar to a senior moment, but more literary in nature.

    Then again, after seeing the level of excitement Ted infuses into his R&E team, I am reminded of a “fence white washing” incident from the book…

    Perhaps there is something to it…


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