David Crane contemplates the natural world at his doorstep by creating geocentric ceramics. Crafted from native clay and then fired in a kiln at 2200º F, Crane’s stoneware includes oyster platters, wall art, table tops, and even accurate nautical charts and globes. David is also the force behind Seafire Candles, remarkably beautiful candles ringed with worn, tumbled shells washed ashore.
A remarkable fusion of artistry and engineering, Crane’s “Small World” globes are geographically accurate 22” or 30” diameter creations made from curved stoneware tiles affixed to a cast polyurethane foam base, set in a hardwood stand. Mountain ranges, river systems, trade- winds, and ocean currents are all represented.
After a life spent building and captaining yachts, Crane settled down in a secluded seaside corner of Accomack County. “Inspired by the natural beauty of the area, I built a home here and began distilling my observations and experiences into ceramics, a newly found passion.”
Years on the world’s waterways have given Crane a deep appreciation of place and space. Clients who have a spot on the planet near and dear to their hearts are invited to request commissioned pieces representing the location, at any scale desired. Find David’s work at the Barrier Islands Center, Lemon Tree Gallery, or call for an appointment.