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Sergei Korotchenya

Sergei Korotchenya Basketweaver
Russian, English
By appointment only
+7 9655217498
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Wonders of the woodland

  • • Sergei fell for the craft on a cranberry picking trip
  • • His baskets take three days to three months to make
  • • He is inspired by traditional folk ornaments from the Urals

Sergei Korotchenya has always admired traditional birch bark crafts, which first emerged in the Urals back in the 17th century, originally practiced by Old Believers. It wasn’t until he came across a stunning piece during a cranberry picking trip back in the late 1980s that he actually decided to try and make one himself. "It was pure chance: I went to the forest with a friend, and saw a guy with a fabulous traditional 'korob' - a casket with a lid, made of birch bark", he recalls. From then he started learning how to harvest and preserve the material and work with it. A self-taught artisan, Sergei soon developed his own style and evolved into one of the region’s leading birch bark weavers, as a second career. His works are now on show at the Sunny Birch Bark Museum, founded by Sergei in 2019.

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This basket is handcrafted from birch bark and is intended for pies, sliced bread or crackers.

Height 9 cm
Width 23 cm

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The Birch basket was handcrafted in birch and birch bark of different colours. It was inspired by ancient, traditional basket for dried herbs storage and bulk products. It was adorned with ornaments typical from the Ural region.

Height 46 cm
Width 12 cm
Length 24 cm

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Bread Box

This bread box was shaped to resemble a traditional Russian oven. The adornment, which is the emblem of the Ural city of Nizhny Tagil, was cross-stitched and embossed. It was handcrafted in birch and birch bark.

Length 55.5 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 34.5 cm

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