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BECon 2011

CROSSOVER: A Material Exchange

Bullseye’s fifth international kiln-glass conference was focused on exploring the interface between kiln-glass and other media such as painting, architecture, photography, digital technologies, printmaking and textiles. The goal was to refresh and even revolutionize our work at the kiln.

Photos from BECon 2011


Opening Reception: June 16
Conference sessions: June 16–18
Pre-conference workshops & tours: June 10-15
Post-conference workshops & tours: June 19-26


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

Sessions & Presenters

  • Orientation and Crossover: Welcome to BECon 2011 Lani McGregor
  • Keynote: Thinking Outside the Coffin Judith Schaechter
  • Blown Away Dante Marioni, Marc Petrovic & Lino Tagliapietra; moderated by Ted Sawyer
  • Experiencing Place: Engaging the Audience Alex Hoare
  • Making Value: Craft and Beyond Karen Yair, PhD
  • Elective Affinity: The Material/Idea Interface Elizabeth Aro & Silvia Levenson
  • Vitrified Wood Munson Hunt with Erik Whittemore
  • Bringing to Light Tom Jacobs, Kari Minnick & Mindy Weisel
  • In Place: Kiln-glass in the Built Environment Richard Parrish, Laurel Porcari & Karlyn Sutherland; moderated by Richard Potestio
  • Drawing the Line Lynne Avadenka with Nathan Sandberg
  • A Painter in Glass Alex Hirsch
  • Creative Cutting: The Process and Aesthetics of the Waterjet Vanessa Cutler, PhD
  • Hi and Lo: Hi-tech 3D Printmaking Technologies Meet the Artist Who Wants to Do Everything by Himself in His Own Studio Steve Royston Brown & Peter Weijmarshausen
  • Imagining the Electronic Image in Glass Amy Baur & Brian Boldon

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops & Tours

  • Mold Making and Kilncasting Linda Ethier
  • Permutation, Variation and Experimentation Alex Hirsch
  • Lo-tech, Accessible Approaches for Making 3D “Prints” in Glass Steve Royston Brown
  • The Pâte de Verre Vessel Deborah Horrell
  • Mysteries of Lost Wax Revealed Linda Ethier
  • Tips for Working with Plaster-based Investments Ralph Carter
  • Surviving Your Creativity Judith Schaechter
  • Different Stories: Fabric & Glass Silvia Levenson & Elizabeth Aro
  • The Roll-up for Kilnformers Steve Klein & Marc Petrovic
  • In Place: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Kilnformed Glass in the Built Environment Richard Parrish & Karlyn Sutherland
  • Portland Studio & Home Tours Deborah Horrell Studio; Ray Ahlgren’s Fireart Glass, Inc.; Bullseye Research & Education Studios; Home Of Daniel Schwoerer & Lani McGregor


June 1–August 20 | Bullseye Gallery
An exhibition of works by BECon presenters Elizabeth Aro, Lynne Avadenka, Amy Baur, Brian Boldon, Steve Brown, Vanessa Cutler, Alex Hoare, Alex Hirsch, Munson Hunt, Tom Jacobs, Silvia Levenson, Kari Minnick, Richard Parrish, Marc Petrovic, Ted Sawyer, Karlyn Sutherland, Lino Tagliapietra, and Mindy Weisel.

April 20–June 25 | Bullseye Gallery
A solo exhibition of works by BECon presenter Dante Marioni.

Technical Exhibitors

  • Arakawa Hanging SystemsPortland, Oregon, United States
  • Bohle America, Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Covington Engineering Corp. Redlands, California, United States
  • Display Your Art Georgetown, Texas, United States
  • Glass Strategies Portland, Oregon, United States
  • His Glassworks, Inc. Asheville, North Carolina, United States
  • inplainsight artMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Paragon Industries, L.P. Mesquite, Texas, United States
  • Ransom & Randolph Maumee, Ohio, United States
  • Water Jet DesignHillsboro, Oregon, United States
  • Western Industrial Ceramics, Inc. Tualatin, Oregon, United States