Tom Buechner: Inward Gaze

Tom Buechner: Inward Gaze

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Tom Buechner: Inward Gaze
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Overall H: 60 cm, W: 20 cm, D: 27 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
In 1964, Eisch traveled to Corning with Harvey Littleton and the Dutch artist Sybren Valkema, and he met the Museum’s director, Tom Buechner, at that time. In 1982, Eisch and Buechner met again at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, where Eisch was teaching painting on glass and Buechner was an artist in residence. They formed a lasting friendship, and Eisch’s portrait of Buechner, made in 2004, commemorates this relationship. It is engraved with what may be Eisch’s greatest compliment, “Open Mind.”
Eisch, Erwin (German, 1927-2022), Source
Cut Back bottom center
E. Eisch 04
Scratched in enamel Right side on neck area
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; mold-blown, enameled, lustered and cut. Large hollow head with tall hat and glasses with dark gray and mirrored surface. Base has been cut with the design of a winged heart with face in a rectangle on the front , a linear pattern both sides and a winged circle within a rectangle with the words "OPEN MIND" inside.
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.