David Crane received a BFA from Northern Arizona University and a MFA from Illinois State University. Since 1980 he has been a Professor of Art/ Ceramics at Virginia Tech. He has served as Program Chair of Studio Art (2006-2008), Head of the Department of Art & Art History (1995-2000), and Director of the Armory Art Gallery (1990-1993). In 1997 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Arizona University. He is the recipient of a Virginia Museum Artist Fellowship and a SECCA- Seven Artist Fellowship Award. His artworks have appeared in over 225 national and international exhibitions. Reproductions of his ceramic works have been published in 6 books, along with numerous catalogs and periodical articles. His work appears in numerous university and museum collections. He has conducted 36 invited lectures and demonstrations. Crane’s recent work investigates the integration of geometric ceramic forms and surface glazes associated with functional objects.
The pottery that I make is guided by a curiosity about how the shape of a pot might tie to its surface embellishment. My artistic vocabulary is nourished by numerous and wide ranging influences.
I use a variety of methods (including wheel throwing, altering, and press molding) to create the forms. My decoration currently uses contrasting surfaces of glaze, slip, and clay to create hard-edge designs. The pots are then fired in a high temperature salt kiln. This firing method, coupled with atmospheric sensitive glazes, produces pots with a rich range of color and surface variation.
Whether intended for the kitchen, the table or the mantle, it is my hope that the pots will enrich the user’s life.