About Bullseye Studio
Bullseye Studio collaborates with artists, architects, and designers from around the world to fabricate art glass for the built environment, including architectural, landscape, and product designs; public art projects; and art installations. We are world-renowned for our kilnforming expertise and our custom color capabilities.
We began kilnforming glass for large-scale applications at our pioneering Research and Education studio located inside Bullseye Glass Company’s factory in Portland, Oregon. Today, Bullseye’s skilled fabrication team and world-class equipment, still operating inside the factory, are known as Bullseye Studio.
Bullseye Glass Company has been hand-casting colored glass for art and architecture since its founding in 1974. We collaborate with a community of artists worldwide and have been instrumental in developing many of the fundamental materials and methods at the core of contemporary kiln-glass. Bullseye is widely known as the first company in the world to formulate and manufacture glasses that are factory-tested for fusing compatibility.
What is kilnformed glass?
Kilnforming is the process of shaping glass in a kiln with heat and gravity. There are many methods and techniques that are related to kilnforming, including glass fusing, glass slumping, and kilncasting. We refer to Bullseye glass as kiln-glass because it is a type of glass that’s specifically manufactured for use in a kiln. Glass objects that have been formed in a kiln are often referred to as kilnformed glass.
I am interested in discussing a project for possible fabrication. What is the first step?
Email your interest, and the details of your project, to our Studio Development Manager, Dawndae HK Hamilton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take to receive a quote?
Because of the care we put into considering the best process for achieving your project, quoting or estimating can take on average 3-10 business days – sometimes longer if the project is complicated and/or involves other vendors.
Do you provide samples?
If all that is needed are color samples, we have access to 2″ x 2″ (3mm thick) glass samples that we can forward from the Bullseye glass factory. If instead you need a fabricated sample of your project we will happily custom fabricate samples. The cost of samples is usually included in the price of the overall project but can be quoted separately if needed.
How big can you make a single panel? How thick?
As a general rule, the largest single, continuous glass item we can fabricate is 10′ in length, 4′ in width, and 5″ thick. That said, larger items may be possible, and are considered on an as per basis, so do not hesitate to make an inquiry.
Do you work with other glass besides Bullseye glass?
We fabricate exclusively with Bullseye glass as we are the glass fabrication arm of Bullseye Glass Co.
Can your glass be tempered?
No. For applications where safety measures are necessary, we will laminate the glass. For applications where the project requires certification of safety materials, we can provide ANSI Z97.1-2015 testing.
Can you fabricate items free of bubbles?
No. Bubbles are a feature of all kilnformed glass made from Bullseye glass. Bubbles are a result of air being trapped during fusing two or more pieces of glass together. To some extent bubble population and size can be controlled, primarily through the choice of foundation material (e.g. fusing layers of sheets vs fusing billets together), but a bubble-free slab or casting is not possible.
Is kiln-glass appropriate for exterior use?
Yes! We have developed specific construction and design methods to improve the stability of the glass in outdoor environments, as well as recommendations for installers and frame makers so the glass can expand.
How long does it take to fabricate a custom kilnformed object?
It wholly depends on your specific project. That said, it may be helpful to know that aside from developing the design, fabricating bespoke architectural elements and artworks using kiln-glass and kilns requires time. Time is needed to establish the necessary fabrication methodologies, make samples, acquire and prepare materials, kilnform and properly anneal the elements, conduct finish work, employ secondary processes, and crate and ship. Because it is a thoughtful and time-intensive art-making process our recommendation is for you to bring us in early.
The experts at Bullseye Studio bring creative problem solving, tremendous skill and professional project management to their projects. In collaboration with the artist along with the studio’s high standard of creative excellence, a stunningly beautiful artwork miraculously emerges.
-Peggy Kendellen, Public Art Manager, Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)
I’ve been wanting to work with Bullseye for years. Even before my TriMet Orange Line commission, I applied with Bullseye for a project that ended up not getting built, but it gave me a taste for what glass can do. I wanted to work with Bullseye because I feel an ethical responsibility to hire local fabricators for my public art commissions, especially when the budget is significant, in order to recycle the funds back into the economy that generated them in the first place. Another reason is that the way glass flows is very similar to the effect that draws me to working with encaustic. Finally, I know that Bullseye is up for whatever job I bring to them and will get it done spectacularly. Tom removes all of the production obstacles while retaining a faithful translation of the artwork. It’s more than technical problem solving, it’s a translation of the essence of the artwork.
In designing and placing artwork in healing spaces (primarily hospital environments) I was searching for a material that was durable, timeless, maintenance-free and, well…a bit magical. Kiln-cast glass was the only material that provided all of the above. While it can be manufactured to fit a very specific design (to a tolerance of millimeters), it can also serve as a tabla rasa, a blank slate, within and upon which color, texture and light can be easily manipulated. I work with Bullseye Studio from initial design to installation, relying on their expertise to not only create an aesthetically pleasing piece, or grouping, but to insure tolerance, load and support structure are appropriate to accommodate their glass. I have worked with several glass companies, but for the past 15 years Bullseye has been my sole provider for cast glass.
Bullseye produces materials that expand the possibilities for an architectural glass artist. Their fabrication team possesses a deep knowledge of the glass and a willingness to go the distance to achieve the artist’s vision.
I was extremely impressed with the level of customer service and knowledge when I was working with Bullseye Glass on a custom wine cellar project. They educated me on their products and capabilities and went above and beyond to get my project rolling. I am a stickler when it comes to customer service and the experience far exceeded my expectations.
– Vieng Oudom, Owner, Sommi Wine Cellars
It was a fantastic experience working with Bullseye! You are clearly exceptional craftsmen and artists, and the final deliverable was a beautiful work of art. Also really appreciated how communicative you were during the whole process. We definitely look forward to working with you again soon!
– Tamara Altman, Business Manager, Steel & Timber Construction/Fabrication Willamette Park Capstones
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