Robert Burch began working with glass in Atlanta, Georgia while still in high school. After graduating, he worked for the Japanese glassblower, Tadashi Torii for two years. Shortly after, he attended Pilchuck Glass School before deciding to make the jump to the mecca of glass working, Seattle, Washington. It was there that Burch had the honor of working with the renown American glass artist, Martin Blank. In the span of five years, Burch learned all aspects of glass artistry as he worked as Blank’s gaffer, cold worker, lead shipper, and metalworker. Subsequently, the team collaborated on color design teams for the glass empire company Chihuly Inc.
Burch currently lives and works as an independent traveling artist, teaching and making work where opportunities arise. Burch has always been fascinated with the idea of folklore and strives to maintain privacy within his artistry— as such he has no social media presence and engages in very little self-promotion. He enjoys having a private life and invites his audience to take their interest in his work a step further to learn about his work and whereabouts.
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