David Crane - SOVA
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Office: 100A Art & Design Learning Center

Phone: 540-231-6335

Email: dcrane@vt.edu


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, Head of the Department of Art & Art History, and Director of the Armory Art Gallery.


He is the recipient of a Virginia Museum Artist Fellowship and a SECCA- Seven National Artist Fellowship Award and Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Arizona University. His artworks have appeared in over 275 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 36 invited lectures and demonstrations.


Crane is married to painter Janet Niewald. Together, beginning in 1982, they have built their home, studios and small farm on 15 acres outside of Blacksburg Virginia. In recent years, Crane & Niewald have begun to collaborate on pottery vessels under the name NC Twain.


Crane’s recent ceramic work investigates the integration of geometric ceramic forms and surface glazes associated with functional objects and vessels. His work is generally wheel thrown and altered, then fired in a salt kiln.