Buechner grew up in Corning, New York with his parents who were artists. His
father was also director of the Corning Museum of Glass and later, president of
Steuben. Matthew started blowing glass in a local glass studio when he was
eighteen. He went on to study glassblowing and ceramics at Hartwick College and
later went to Germany to work as a bit gatherer/apprentice making stemware at
the Glasshutte Eisch in Fraunau, Germany. In 1981, Matthew moved to Newport and
established Thames Glass with his wife Adrian.
Matthew has participated in workshops at Haystack Mountain School, New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Rhode Island School of Design, and Penland School of Crafts. He has taught glassblowing at the Bild-Werk arts program in Fraunau, Germany. Matthew’s glass is exhibited and sold internationally and is included in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and Fraunau Museum of Glass. It has been featured in the Smithsonian Mail Order Catalogue as well as in numerous other publications.
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