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Erwin Eisch Artwork and Correspondence

Identifier: MS-0225

Scope and Contents

This small set of drawings, monoprints, and accompanying correspondence includes thirteen original works of art created for Susanne K. Frantz, a Corning Museum of Glass curator and friend of the artist. Most of them bear a personal dedication to Frantz.

Materials are largely organized chronologically.


  • 1992-2002


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

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Biographical / Historical

Erwin Eisch was born in Frauenau, Germany in 1927. His father was a master engraver at the Isador Gistl glass factory. After serving in the German army in 1945, Eisch apprenticed under his father from 1946 to 1948 and studied at the Zweisel Glassmaking School and the Munich Academy of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1952.

In the mid-1950s, Eisch helped his family establish the Glashütte Valentin Eisch. He then returned to the Munich Academy of Fine Arts in 1956. He was a member of Gruppe SPUR, an avant-garde artistic group affiliated with the Situationist International.

In 1962, Eisch married glass artist Margarete Stadler in 1962. In that same year, he met American Studio Glass artist Harvey Littleton. The two became close friends and influenced each other’s artwork and artistic processes. As a Studio Glass artist, Eisch was known for free-blown and mold-blown glass sculptural works. Later in his career, he turned to painting, drawing, printmaking, and vitreography.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Susanne K. Frantz in 2020.

Accession 2020.004

Related Materials

The Susanne K. Frantz Personal Papers and Curatorial Files, 1950-2015 (CMOG RG13 S09) may be found in the Museum's institutional archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2020.

Erwin Eisch Artwork and Correspondence, 1992-2002
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
March 6, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA