Matthew Buechner's goal is to produce the highest-quality glass and ensure that the process is a source of pride and pleasure for everyone involved. He wants customers to enjoy his glass and know that someone made it by hand--it wasn't simply pumped out by a machine.
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. Buechner started blowing glass in a local 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 Frauenau, Germany. In 1981, Buechner moved to Newport and established Thames Glass with his wife Adrian.