The Glass Prize 2017

Winner (Bullseye Glass Artists Category):

Tali Grinshpan   "Hope"

The ever-changing life of landscape inspires me: in particular, that of my homeland, Israel, and of my present home, Northern California.  Exploring the fragility of nature, human existence and the fleetingness of time, I create forms that burn out in the kiln: The pieces speak of the spirit and beauty of what once existed.  Images and memories alive from the past speak with the transient present to create a visual story about vulnerability, yearning and the ephemeral nature of life.

Technique: Pate de Verre.  Dimensions: 10” diameter x 4” high

Type of glass used: Bullseye Glass

Type of kiln used: Skutt GL-24

Tali Grinshpan Glass ArtistAbout the Artist:  Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tali moved from Israel to the USA in 2004. She currently lives in Walnut Creek, California. Since 2011 Tali has studied glass taking workshops at Pilchuck School of glass, WA, Corning Museum of glass, NY, Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA, and Bullseye Glass Resource Center, Oregon, New Mexico and California. Her work was selected as a finalist at The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2016 in Japan, and has been shown in various national and international galleries and museums.

For more information, visit Tali's website.



The Bullseye Glass Artists category was judged by Lani McGregor, Executive Director of Bullseye Projects in conjunction with Gallery Curator, Michael Endo and Madisyn Zabel, Winner of the Bullseye Glass Artists Prize 2016.

The 2017 Prize in this category is a fantastic workshop at Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Oregon, USA and includes hotel accommodation and some meals. This superb prize is typically valued at about US$2000-2400. We are extremely grateful to Bullseye Glass Co. for their continuing support of our competition. 


Honourable Mentions (Bullseye Glass Artists Category)

Alison Lowry   "Home Babies"

More of Alison's work can be viewed on her website.


Kalina Banka   "Noise"

More of Kalina's work can be viewed on her website.

Winners (Bullseye Glass Education Categories):

The prize in each Education category is £200 of Warm Glass UK Gift Vouchers for their establishment plus a place on a Personalised Day in our state-of-the-art studio.  The winners were chosen by the public via the Warm Glass UK Facebook page. The Primary Schools category was open to children 5-11 years of age, the Secondary School category was for children between 11 and 16, and the Higher Education category was open to anyone aged over 16 years of age studying on an accredited glass course.  All entries used wholly Bullseye Glass.


Bullseye Glass Education - Primary Schools Winner

Angelina Thakrar
'Off Waddled The Peacock'

My name is Angelina and I am 9 years old and I made this peacock.  What initially inspired me to create a peacock was an off-cut piece of rainbowy dichroic on black glass, that I saw, which had been cut into a fan shape.  Also, I had recently seen a beautiful peacock at a hotel whilst we were on holiday and its shining, colourful feathers, reminded me of the similarity with dichroic glass, so I just had to create a peacock for this competition!   I love to see fun things happen once I have kiln-fired something!  My peacock is going for a waddle, on a bright summers day, into a field of funky flowers.'

Type of glass used: Bullseye sheet glass, frit, dots, stringers, various dichroics, copper foil, mica and Glassline pens used over and under capped dichroic glass.

Type of kiln used: Skutt Hotstart Pro

Country: United Kingdom

Bullseye Glass Education - Secondary Schools Winner

Archie Hare

This is a low relief sculpture based on my horse using Bullseye clear shards and frit in black and blue with Confetti to create tone. I wanted a sense of speed and freedom with the wind whipping through the horses mane. They are strong but fragile creatures some qualities that they share with the glass I thought.

Type of glass used: Clear Tekta 3mm and 4mm, Bullseye Glass frit in blue and black, Bullseye confetti in blue

Type of kiln used: Electric from Warm Glass

Country: United Kingdom

Bullseye Glass Education - Higher Education Winner

Gabriela Osiniak

The work consists of three objects shown in an abstract view. The female body fuses with a geometrical form which is reminding a moon. Inspiration for work was the prehistoric figurines of Venus, hence redrawn buttocks, hips or thighs. The work is symbolizing playfulness, coquetry, sweetness of women and used colours are supposed to emphasize their meaning.

Type of glass used: Bullseye glass (frits)

Type of kiln used: Nabertherm

Country: Poland

Winners (Other Glass Category):

The prize in this category is £115 of Warm Glass UK Gift Vouchers. Entries into this category were judged by Hungarian Glass Artist and Winner of The Glass Prize 2016 'Other Glass' category, Peter Borkovics. We are very grateful for Peter's input and support. Peter's work can be viewed here.  All entries in this category used glass other than Bullseye Glass. Peter chose two joint winners for 2017.

Other Glass Winner (Technical Ability) 2017

Dawid Stroyny

"All In My Head"

Informed by my own experience of depression, my project uses emblematic figurative elements to describe the cognitive, sensual and physical stresses of mental illness.

Type of glass used: Gaffer

Type of kiln used: Kilncare

Country: United Kingdom


Other Glass Winner (Artistic Ability) 2017

Titia Felderhof


I have a fascination for the phenomenon that a thought, an idea, a development, evolution, invention, design develops on the one side of the world and at the same time also on the "other" side. There must be a perceptible or human connection. There are enough theories about this phenomenon. What does it lead? Is that our DNA structure, is that a source, is that a control by a higher power, is that an energy stream? Fact is: IT IS REAL! Energy is an interaction between the smallest particles. The quantum theory. My Utopia is an attempt to imagine this phenomenon in its own way. The rotating shapes are separate worlds in a universe. They run in a network of energy, movement through motion. When the worlds are in balance, there is a bridge, a continuous line. The movement is needed to find that bridge. I want to live in a world that is in motion and constant development. I'm not looking for a fixed place where everything is perfect. I do not believe that. Stagnation means decline. Think about how you like turning the shape to the bottom left (it stands still). Movement creates new ideas, opportunities, inspiration.

Type of glass used: Float

Type of kiln used: Stip glass_Vesta

Country: Netherlands