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Join us for a conversation with artist Christian Burchard, our Wood And… second place prize winner! We’ll talk with Christian about his piece in the show, Riff on a Donso Ngoni (Mali), his handbuilt instrument that blends his appreciation for West African music with a nuanced understanding of nature and a wood familiar to his celebrated sculptural practice — bleached madrone root. We’ll explore Christian’s sensitivity to materials, how he integrates life and art, and the inspiration he draws from Esherick’s legacy.


Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1955, Christian Burchard has been living in the United States since 1978. Starting out as a furniture maker’s apprentice in Germany in the mid-seventies, he studied sculpture and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, then at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. 

Burchard opened a studio in southern Oregon in 1982 with an early focus on furniture and interiors, and gradually shifted towards vessel-oriented sculptural forms and sculptural turning.  His work has been included in most major turning-related exhibits of the last twenty-something years, has been exhibited widely throughout the US, and can be found in over 30 public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Arts & Design, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Center for Art in Wood. He currently resides on the outskirts of Ashland, Oregon.


This is a free online event; advance reservations are required. Please register below to receive instructions on how to join us! If able, please consider a $5 donation to support our ongoing programs. Donate HERE.


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