jewellery designer and artist
Born 1950 in Colmar / France.
After an M.A. in English Linguistics at Strasbourg University,
studied Jewellery Design at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg (1973-76).
1977: opened his studio-gallery in the old city of Colmar.
1994: moved his studio, Atelier Christophe Burger, two doors up in the same street.
1997-2006: ran the Christophe Burger Gallery, organizing shows dedicated to jewellery artists some of whom were showing for the first time in France: Bernd Munsteiner (D), Kurt Neukomm (CH), Claude Wesel (B), Gilles Jonemann (F), among others.
Co-founder of Aspects international group of designers exhibiting at the Basel International Jewellery Fair (1980-93).
1989-2014: free-lance designer for the Finnish contemporary jewellery company Lapponia.
1992 onwards: co-founder and vice-president of the French association of contemporary jewellery designers Corpus,
within which he conducts research on a more theoretical level about the specificity of contemporary jewellery.
Designs and makes contemporary jewellery pieces, mostly on a one-of-a-kind basis, some small series,
objects, wall compositions and installations.
After having experimented a lot with contrasted materials to redefine preciousness, his work tends to show
more concern with conceptual comments: Jewellery and the Sacred, Distanciation, the Unnameable, Time…
Travels and meets designers and students, including at annual meetings of the
Ars Ornata Europeana international network Corpus contributed founding in 1993.
Regularly invited to lead out or participate in workshops or juries (schools, competitions, etc).
Solo and group shows in France and abroad (1976 - )
Paris Jewellery Biennales and Triennale.
Nîmes (F) biennales.
Paris galleries Chéret, Hélène Porée, Elsa Vanier.
New-York (Aaron Faber), San Francisco (Elaine Potter), Milan (Misani), Barcelona (Forvm Ferlandina), Helsinki (Design Forum, Applied Arts Museum), Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (« Tendenzen »), Munich (« Schmuckszene »), Vienna, Tokyo, London…
Lives and works mostly in Colmar, France.