Meet Rick Burbee; co-owner and artist at Tinker Studio. Rick’s artwork displays his unique woven paper technique and bright summer colors. From wall art to abstract sculptures, his pieces are sure to catch your eye.
I had the opportunity to talk with Rick over a glass of wine about himself, Tinker Studio, and his artwork at Bonobo. Check out what he had to say!
My wife and I are both owners and artists. We’re originally from Chicago but have lived in Traverse City for 9 years now. Our original studio was much smaller and was just a working studio. We drove down Old Mission one day and saw the perfect location for a larger space. We opened that location in 2016.
Our studio is now three times bigger. We’re now not only a working studio, but also offer classes and a retail selection for customers. Tinker Studio is even an approved Etsy vendor. It’s a place to meet, make, learn, and shop.
Aside from our own artwork, we feature 5 local artists, 5 regional artists, and a handful of national artists. They can look at the art, take a class, or shop. Everything is made in the United States and we have some great keepsakes people can take home.
Essentially – everything around me. I travel often and find inspiration on my trips. I love vintage and contemporary paper, which shows through my art and woven paper technique.
Each winery is unique, and with that comes different people. We love talking and meeting with different people at each place. We’re located very close to the wineries on Old Mission and love that we get to work with them.
Also, don’t forget to check out local Tinker Studio artist and instructor, Mary Kay Burbee’s artwork at Tinker Studio, celebrating the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula landscape, interpreted in soft and oil pastel.