Finger's Thought

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Finger's Thought
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Overall H: 46.2 cm, W: 20 cm, D: 26.8 cm
Not on Display
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Gift of Erwin Eisch
Web Description: 
Finger’s Studies, with its optimistic slogan “Hope is a rope,” reflects Eisch’s attraction to pithy sayings. Eisch is not afraid to be honest, and he is often humorous. What he does not abide is irony. Buechner once wrote: “In many cases, I’m embarrassed by what I perceive to be [Erwin’s] inmost feelings. . . . But I think I understand why he does it. It is his challenge to the vapid brutal insincerity of modern society as he sees it . . . caught up in materialism, artificiality and indifference.”
Fingers' Studies
Eisch, Erwin (German, 1927-2022), Source
Hope is / a rope
on face
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass, blown in clay mold. Enameled and silvered.
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-03-15 through 2013-02-03
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Eisch, a close friend of American Studio Glass founder, Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Objects in the exhibition span 40 years of Eisch’s career in glass from 1964 to 2004. His works are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. All of the works presented are drawn from the Museum’s collection.
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey
Corning Museum of Glass 1979 through 1979
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Renwick Gallery
Toledo Museum of Art