FAQ: About Bullseye
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Bullseye is colored glass that's manufactured for use in art and architecture. All of our glasses can be used for stained glass and mosaic work, and most are tested-compatible for fusing and other methods of forming glass within a kiln.
The sky's the limit. Most of our customers work in fusing, kilnforming, kilncasting, torchworking, and stained glass. But plenty of others use our glass to add color to their gardens, concrete surfaces and other places where permanent decorative materials are desired. Take a look at our product line and let your imagination go wild.
Fusing is the joining together of separate glasses through the application of heat within a kiln. Many people use the terms "fusing" and "kilnforming" interchangeably. Learn more about our fusing classes.
Kilnforming is the shaping of glass within a kiln, using heat and gravity. Kilnforming methods include fusing, slumping, kilncasting, and other techniques. Works made using these techniques are called "kiln-glass." Learn more about our glass fusing classes.
You can browse and shop in the Bullseye Online Store or in one of our Resource Centers:
You can choose from a wide range of classes at our Resource Centers:
Many kilnformers resolve their questions by reading our detailed, illustrated technical articles and conducting tests on their own. We also offer a selection of books and DVDs; and the About Our Glass section, which describes the working properties of individual glass styles. You're also welcome to post questions on the Bullseye Glass Forum, which is monitored by Bullseye staff members who address technical questions when appropriate.
That's a very important yet complicated issue. Check out this entry in our technical FAQ for a relatively short answer and suggested reading for a more in-depth explanation.
Please do! Our Portland Resource Center, located adjacent to the Factory, is open seven days a week. Drop by, meet our glass-savvy sales staff and see our products, classroom studios, and glasswork examples. If you are a Sales Representative, be sure to drop a line and say you're coming. And while you're in town, by all means visit Bullseye Projects to view works by some of the most dynamic artists in kiln-glass today.
We offer Factory tours twice each month: second Tuesdays and fourth Thursdays at 11am. Advance reservations are required. To request a tour, call 503.922.3993 Monday-Friday. Tours are limited to groups of 8 people. They last 30-45 minutes and begin in the Bullseye Resource Center at 3610 SE 21st Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
Please arrive five minutes early. Bullseye is vigilant about safety. Since ours is a working factory, visitors need to be vigilant about safety, too. Tour participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and be at least 13 years old. Unfortunately, at this time, our factory ramps are not ADA compliant and tours are unable to accommodate some physically challenged individuals. We don't allow photography on the factory floor or the Resource Center without prior permission.
You can also take a video tour of the Bullseye factory!