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About Kevin Crowe

Kevin Crowe has been making pots in his studio at Tye River Pottery for over forty years. He fires with wood in an anagama that he rebuilt in 2017. In more normal times he teaches throwing, firing and kiln building workshops far and wide and offers weekend workshops at his pottery. He built his own home and studio in the woods of Nelson County, Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where he lives with his wife, Linda, and their furry friends Ash and Little Man.


Artist Statement

I fire my kiln with wood, a labor-intensive process with no short cuts. Stoking pine late at night, we arrive at an aesthetic that is quiet and contemplative; one that requires the public to meet it halfway. I make pots that ask for – and give – more than a sensitivity to interior design. I want my work to touch that distant quiet place in each of us. Balance, home, grace. I make large bowls and serving platters to encourage the ritual sharing of food by many hands – a time that will return. Larger vessels harken back to a time when these were our large storage containers. They are my expression of hope.

The potter’s work is healing work. It affirms and celebrates the dignity of food stored, prepared and shared in joyful awareness and assures us that the solution to the environmental and community crisis lies under our feet. And that it is worth standing on and for.

 

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