To The Big Corning Day/May 29th 1980

To The Big Corning Day/May 29th 1980

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Object Name: 
To The Big Corning Day/May 29th 1980
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Overall H: 22 cm, W: 16.1 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Erwin Eisch
Web Description: 
The bottle with gilt decoration refers to a day important in the history of The Corning Museum of Glass. This was the day that the new building, designed by architect Gunnar Birkerts and housing the glass collections, opened to the public.
Eisch, Erwin (German, b. 1927), Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass with opalescent iridization, gold lustre; blown, manipulated while hot, engraved, lustred. Hollow teardrop shape form; small internal bubble hangs from top point which has been pinched closed and finished with an applied trail of glass; body has flattened sides one of which is intaglio engraved with image of bearded half man/half bird (figure has one human hand and one wing, torso of a human, clawed feet) standing on ground with small building in the distance and the word "to the big Corning day/ May 29th 1980", engraving has been gold lustred; overall opalescent iridization; slightly concave base, rough pontil; inscribed in script on base: "E. Eisch 80/J.S.".
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.