David Crane Workshop


Join us for a workshop weekend learning from David Crane here at the studio. For more information and to register, scroll below.


Tickets - $40

On the day tickets can be purchased for $50.00

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Schedule of Events:

Friday April 12th

  • 5-7 - Artist Reception

Saturday April 13

  • 9-11:45 - Demonstration

  • 11:45-12:30 - Lunch

  • 12:30 - 1:00 - Artist Discussion

  • 1:00 – 4:00 Demonstration


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 in the School of Visual Art at Virginia Tech University.

He is the recipient of Virginia Museum Artist Fellowships and a SECCA- Seven National Artist Fellowship Award. He is a Distinguished Alumni of Northern Arizona University. His artworks have appeared in over 300 national and international exhibitions. Reproductions of his ceramic works have been published in 10 books, along with numerous catalogs and periodical articles. His work appears in private, university and museum collections. He has conducted over 36 invited lectures and demonstrations. 

For over 40 years, he has focused and experimented within a wide range of salt and soda firing techniques. Crane’s recent ceramic work investigates the integration of geometric ceramic forms and surface glazes associated with functional objects and vessels. 

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The pottery that I make is guided by a curiosity about how the shape of a piece might tie to its surface treatment.  Function and the vessel format guide the boundaries. The limited color palette of clay slips and glazes is selected through the need to simplify. 

My artistic vocabulary is nourished by a diverse range of historic and contemporary art and ceramics sources.  These many influences and interests are assimilated with my personal artistic perspective and inclinations.  The goal is to create unique, well-conceived individual ceramic objects.  The ideal is to create ceramic works with qualities that will enrich the viewer’s life.

At its most basic, I make work that “feels right” to me at a given moment.  It is a quest that is continuously motivating, sustaining and one that is an ongoing challenge after many years working in clay.

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 salt kiln.  This firing method, coupled with atmospheric sensitive glazes, produces pots with a rich range of color and surface variation.