Bullseye Glass Company was founded in 1974 by three recent art school graduates and has remained, at its core, a factory for artists. Since its inception, Bullseye has invited artists to the factory in Portland, Oregon, to collaborate, experiment, ask questions, and push the boundaries of the material. Established artists in the glass community such as Klaus Moje, Narcissus Quagliata, Richard Whiteley, and Dante Marioni have come to Bullseye to develop new formal, color, or conceptual languages for their work. Meanwhile, artists known for their work in other media – including Jun Kaneko, Deborah Horrell, Munson Hunt, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa – have worked with Bullseye to translate their ideas into kilnformed glass. These collaborations, formerly called exchanges, emerged from invitations, referrals, and the occasional uninvited guest who shows up with a question too intriguing to ignore. They resulted in the development of materials and techniques that are widely used today throughout the kiln-glass community.
Forty years later, Bullseye has grown beyond a single factory. In addition to the factory studio in Portland, we now have studios at our Resource Centers in Santa Fe, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York. Bullseye hosts up to four residencies per year at each of our locations, allowing even more artists to experiment with tools and techniques while we all collaborate on pushing the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual boundaries of kiln-glass.