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Robin Zirker

"I have a deep appreciation of well-balanced and graceful form. I try to create work that captures a viewer's attention by offering a sense of quiet buoyancy."

Robin Zirker has been working with wood for over three decades. He strives to bring out the warmth and character of hard and exotic woods, creating forms that are both functional and striking to the eye.

Zirker works in a fully equipped wood shop using traditional methods of construction and joinery. He frequently collaborates with his wife, Alex Kurtz, a ceramic artist. His creative process begins with a few sketches to start the ideas flowing and to establish balance and form. He often allows the wood at hand to dictate the follow-through.

Robin Zirker first started his relationship with wood and form as a carpenter. This quickly evolved into an interest in cabinetry, and finally, a passion for fine woodworking and the creation of artistic, one-of-a-kind pieces. Zirker is primarily self-taught, though he has been strongly influenced by many artists and crafts-persons working in many different media.