ARTISTS

Robert Burch

American, based in Putney, VT

About Robert Burch

Artist’s Statement


Robert has been working in blown glass since 1971, while maintaining a broad production line he is increasing his focus on one-of-a-kind and commission work. His glasswork consists of vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and sculptural pieces, with his current specialty being works that incorporate veiled silver glass with delicate bubble patterns. 


Since 1977 Robert’s works have been shown in numerous shows across the country. Says Robert, “Most of my inspiration comes from my natural surroundings, and is further enhanced by the beauty of the glass in its molten state. I am fortunate to have found work that I love and that allows me to be creative.”


“I don’t know if I chose glass, or it chose me,” Robert Burch muses. The two met dramatically in the late 1960s when glassblowing was still new as a re-emerging craft. While visiting at Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Burch ventured out for an evening walk in the surrounding North Carolina woods. “I came upon a little cabin with a roar coming out of it and a strange glow in its windows,” he almost whispers, remembering. “I looked in the door, and there was this guy blowing glass. I was stunned! The magic, the sensuality, the energy of that moving, molten glass! From that moment on, my purpose was to get as close to glass as I could.”


And so he has. A chance opportunity to simultaneously learn and teach glassblowing at Goddard College led the former production potter from clay to glass. By 1978, Burch had moved his first glassblowing studio in Plainfield, Vermont to its current home in a 200-year-old Putney barn.

Brandywine Glassworks now supplies over 200 shops and galleries nationwide with exquisite vases, perfume bottles, paperweights, and sculptures, each handblown by Burch.

Watching Burch in action explains his conscious choice not to further expand his thriving business. Clearly it’s a venture or perhaps a dance in which Burch and glass are the closest of partners. His every muscle keeps pace with the fiery substance he cajoles into shape. A twist here, a light touch there, a breath, a moment’s rest. A master is at work here, following the lead offered by glass heated to over 2,000 degrees.

Occasionally, the roles are reversed. “Sometimes I feel like a tool the glass is using,” he exclaims between precise puffs on his long pipe.


So intimate is his relationship with each piece, that Burch can easily identify his work from years past. In his first five years as a professional, he produced over 10,000 items. “If you lose contact with the glass, you lose your potential for creative growth,” he adds emphatically. This is not the voice of a potential paperpusher. To separate Burch from glass and the process he so obviously loves would be a tragedy. In this case, small is indeed very beautiful.



Biography


Robert Burch is a master glass blower working in his current studio in Putney, Vermont for over 40 years. Burch’s glasswork consists of vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and sculptural pieces, with his current specialty being works that incorporate veiled silver glass with delicate bubble patterns.  The artist maintains a broad production line, while increasing his focus on one-of-a-kind and commission work. Brandywine Glassworks now supplies over 200 shops and galleries nationwide with glass art, all handblown by Burch, in his 200-year-old barn. Burch continues to pursue his passion and purpose to get as close to glass as he can. Says Burch, “Most of my inspiration comes from my natural surroundings, and is further enhanced by the beauty of the glass in its molten state. I am fortunate to have found work that I love and that allows me to be creative.”

Robert Burch

Cobalt Silver Veil Perfume

2020

Blown glass

3 x 2 x 2 in

$110

Robert Burch

Harvest Vase

2019

Blown glass

9 x 5 x 3 in

$250

Robert Burch

Tall Grotto

2020

Blown glass

7 x 3 x 3 in

$320

Robert Burch
Round Grotto Paperweight
2019
Blown glass
4 x 3.5 x 3.5 in

Robert Burch

Round Grotto Paperweight

2019

Blown glass

4 x 3.5 x 3.5 in

$320

Robert BurchCrescent Moon

2020

Blown glass

3.5 x 3 x 3 in

$320

Robert Burch
Cobalt & Rose Bubble Twist Egg Paperweight
2019
Blown glass
6 x 2.5 x 2.5 in

Robert Burch

Heart

2019

Blown glass

2 x 3 x 3 in

$80

Robert Burch
Sculptural Horn
2019
Blown glass
6 x 3.5 x 3 in

Robert Burch

Sculptural Horn

2019

Blown glass

6 x 3.5 x 3 in

$160

Robert Burch
Round Purple, White & Black Vase with Lip
2019
Blown glass
5 x 4 x 4 in

Robert Burch

Round Purple, White & Black Vase with Lip

2019

Blown glass

5 x 4 x 4 in

$180

Robert Burch
Turquoise, White & Gold Vase
2019
Blown glass
5 x 5 x 3 in

Robert Burch

Turquoise, White & Gold Vase

2019

Blown glass

5 x 5 x 3 in

$180

Robert Burch

Orange & Black Vase

2019

Blown glass

in

$250

Robert Burch
Orange & Yellow Sculptural Vase
2019
Blown glass
14 x 5 x 3.5 in

Robert Burch

Orange & Yellow Sculptural Vase

2019

Blown glass

14 x 5 x 3.5 in

$300

Robert Burch

Flat Silver Veil Paperweight

2020

Blown glass

5 x 5 x 1.5 in

$120

Robert Burch
Full Moon Paperweight
2019
Blown glass
6 x 2.5 x 2.5 in

Robert Burch

Full Moon

2020

Blown glass

4 x 3 x 3 in

$320

Robert Burch

Sunset Moon

2020

Blown glass

3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 in

$320

Robert Burch

Orange Bubble Heart

2020

Blown glass

2 x 3 x 3 in

$90

Robert Burch
-bubble-twist-paperweight2018
Blown glass
8 x 4 x 4 in

Robert Burch

Bubble Twist Paperweight

2020

Blown glass

4 x 3 x 3 in

$120


Robert Burch
Purple/Gold/White Tall Vase with Lip
2018
Blown glass
8 x 4 x 4 in

Robert Burch

White & Tan Vase

2020

Blown glass

7 x 5 x 5 in

$250

Robert Burch
Round Black, Orange & Yellow Swirl Vase
2019
Blown glass
7 x 5.5 x 5.5 in

Robert Burch

Black & Orange & Yellow Vase

2020

Blown glass

11.5 x 5 x 3 in

$280

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