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 with in 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.
Crane is married to painter Janet Niewald. Together, in 1982, they began to build their home, studios and small farm on 15 acres outside of Blacksburg Virginia.