Kevin Crowe


Thirty years of experience as a studio potter.

I conduct workshops throughout the United States on throwing large pots, and on the design and construction of wood-fired kilns.


   Potter.  Tye River Pottery.  1976- present.

  • Established Tye River Pottery In Nelson County, Virginia.
  • Built home, studio and two kilns.
  • Produce functional stoneware and porcelain pottery.
  • Established sales outlets that include galleries, shops and shows throughout the United States.

Related Workshops and Teaching Experience:

  • August 2008. Off the Path, Down the Trail. Throwing workshop. Truro Center for the Arts, Castle Hill. Truro, MA.
  • July 2008. A Taste for Tea, Throwing Tea Ware. Mud and Fire Studio. Little Meadows, PA.
  • June 2008.Throwing Large Pots. Hood College, Frederick, MD.
  • March 2008.Throwing Demonstration. Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.
  • March 2008. Wood Firing Workshop. Touchstone Center for Crafts. Farmington, PA.
  • January 2008. Advanced Throwing. John Campbell Folk School. Brasstown, NC.
  • July 2007. Risky Pots, throwing workshop. Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. Asheville, NC.
  • April, 2005.  Wood kiln construction workshop.  Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.
  • January 2005.  Advanced throwing workshop.  John C. Campbell Folk School.  Brasstown, NC.
  • August 2004.  Throwing large pots workshop.  Hood College, Frederick, MD.
  • April 2004.  Throwing workshop.  Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville, VA.
  • August 2004.  Throwing large forms.  Hood College, Frederick, MD.
  • July 2004.  Throwing demonstration.  Celadon Gallery, Watermill, NY.
  • October 2003.  Wood kiln construction workshop.  Penland School of Crafts.  Penland, NC.
  • February 2003.  Teapot workshop.  Manassas Clay, Manassas, VA.
  • April 2002.  Functional Ceramics Workshop/Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH.  Invited exhibitor and featured workshop presenter.
  • April 2002.  Hood College, Frederick, MD.  Solo exhibition in the Hood Gallery, and workshop presenter.
  • June 2000.  Frog Hollow/ Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, VT.  Taught a throwing and firing workshop.
  • February 2000.  University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO.  Led a workshop on throwing and glazing large pots for wood firing.
  • October 1999.  Virginia Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA.  Demonstrated throwing large pots and participated as a panelist.
  • August 1999.  Horseshoe Mountain Pottery, Sprigs City, UT.  Conducted a kiln-building workshop.
  • June 1999.  Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.  Conducted throwing and firing workshop.
  • June 1999.  Blue Ridge {Potter’s Guild, Lord Fairfax Community College, Strasburg, VA.  Demonstrated throwing teapots and large planters.
  • February 1998.  Florida Craftsmen, Hot Alley Clay, St. Petersburg, FL.  Conducted a throwing workshop.
  • August 1998.  Touchstone Center for Crafts. Conducted workshops on throwing and glazing pots for wood firing.
  • June 1997.  Touchstone Center for Crafts.  Conducted a workshop to build the first wood-fired kiln for the Center.
  • July 1994.  Penland School for Crafts, Penland, NC.  Guest artist.
  • July 1994.  Hand Workshop, State Craft Center, Richmond, VA.  Conducted a throwing workshop.


  • The Log Book, International Publication for Wood-fired Ceramics.  “Good as it Gets”. A description of Kevin Crowe’s kiln and firing process.  Volume 14.  2003.
  • Studio Potter Magazine.  Volume 27, No. 1, Dec 1998.  “That Leach Thing”.  A collection on alternative perspectives on Bernard Leach.
  • The Crafts Report, “The Work at Hand.”  A discussion of the impact of crafts on the environment.
  • Ceramics Monthly. Oct 1992.  “Feeding the Fire”.  A discussion of aesthetic and personal choices facing the contemporary potter.
  • Ceramics Monthly.  Feb 1990.  A critical response to Australian Terry Davis’ commentary on plagiarism.
  • Studio Pottery Magazine.  Volume 13, No. 2.  “Blue Ridge Potters”.  An essay on the distinction between art and craft.


  • Expressive and Aesthetic Ends. Wood-Fired and Shino Group Show. Weyrich Gallery. Albuquerque, NM. April-May 2009.
  • Vessels. Piedmont Virginia Community College. Charlottesville VA. March-April 2009.
  • Southern Exposure: Atmospheric Pots and The Penland Connection. The Rye Arts Center, Rye, New York. Sept 2008.  
  • Castle Hill, Faculty Show. Truro Center for the Arts. Truro, MA. Aug 2008.
  • Kevin Crowe, Wood Fired Pots. The Butternut Gallery, Montrose, PA. July 2008.
  • Fireworks: A Celebration of Wood Fired Ceramics. Ice House Gallery, Berkeley Springs, WV. July 2008.
  • Table of Elements. Functional Pots. D.L.Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. March 2008.
  • Endless Variations:  Shino Review, 2005.  Baltimore Clayworks.
  • Smithsonian Craft Show.  Washington, DC.  April 2004.
  • 16 Hands Show.  Floyd County, VA.  April 2004.
  • Wood fired Invitational Exhibition.  East Tennessee State University, Knoxville, TN. Sept 2004.
  • Twenty first Century Ceramics in United States and Canada, Columbus College of Art and Design.  Columbus, OH.  Oct 2003.
  • Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury Center, VT.  “Two Approaches to Woodfire.”  Works by Kevin Crowe and Robert Compton.  Vermont Clay Studio Gallery.  May 2002.
  • Strictly Functional Pottery National.  Juror – Ken Ferguson.  East Petersburgh, PA.  June 2000.
  • Functional Ceramics 2000 National Invitational.  Juror – Phyllis Blair Clark.  Wooster, OH.   March 2000.
  • Eight Virginia potters.  Juror – Dan Finnegan.  Fredericksburg, VA.  Feb 2000.
  • “To Have and to Hold” Ceramics Invitational.  Curated by Barbara Hill and Holly Hanessian.  Astra Gallery, Richmond, VA.  Nov 1999.
  • Pacific Tides:  the influence of the Pacific Rim on Contemporary American Ceramics.  Invited artist.  Juror – Caroline Henderson.  Lancaster, PA.  June 1999.
  • A Celebration of Woodfire.  Curated by DeWayne Perry.  Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA. 1998.
  • Wood-fired Clay:  Ancient Techniques, Modern Interpretations.  Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC.  1996.
  • Hero Pots.  Curated by Jack Tory.  Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA.  1995.
  • Skillful Renderings:  Exhibition of Works by National Craft Leaders.  Invited artist.  Florida Craftsmen Gallery.  St. Petersburg, FL.  1995.
  • Touchstone Center for Crafts, Faculty Exhibition.  Cambria Art Center, Johnstown, PA.  1995.
  • Virginia Artists on the Environment.  Longwood Center for the Visual Arts.  1994.


  • Spruce Creek Gallery, Nellysford, VA.
  • Earth Fire Gallery, Herndon, VA.
  • Finewares Gallery, Tacoma Park, MD.
  • Allanstand Gallery, Asheville, NC.
  • Hand in Hand Gallery, Flat Rock, NC.
  • Tim Barn Gallery, Manassas, VA.
  • Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque, NM.

Volunteerism and Memberships:

  • Artisan Center of VA, member.
  • Rural Nelson, Board Member, Lovingston, VA.
  • Coach of U18 Nelson County Express Soccer Team, Nelson County, VA.
  • Originator of “Empty Bowls” event at Innisfree Village, Crozet, VA.  Community fund raiser of local hunger-relief effort.
  • The Nature Conservancy, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Member, Southern Highland Craft Guild.

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