ABOUT GREG CROWE
"I first started pottery in 1974 while midway through a degree
in architecture. While I did complete this degree I was already
committed to pursuing a career working with clay. After completing
a fine arts degree majoring in ceramics I built a house and workshop
in the hills about 30 minutes drive east of Perth ( the capital
of Western Australia ) where I am still located. The next five years
were very busy with exhibitions and trying to establish an income
from gas fired, thrown pottery as well as making the transition
from being a student to being a full time potter. In 1985 I was
offered the opportunity to co- ordinate the ceramics at one of the
TAFE colleges in Perth and subsequently spent the next 17 years
lecturing . I have also participated in numerous group shows and
had a number of solo exhibitions of my own work. Around 1985 I also
started my involvement with wood firing and for the last 20 years
woodfiring and saltglazing have been the main focus of my personal
I have built and fired gas, oil and woodfired salt kilns and have
built a number of wood kilns from 30 cubic foot Olsen / fast fire
style kilns through to 600 cubic foot anagama style kilns.
have recently stepped down after nine years as President of the
Ceramic Arts Association of Western Australia and in that role in
1999 I was chair of the organising committee for the 9th National
Ceramics Conference held in Perth ( 400 delegates from all over
Australia and overseas ).
In 1992 I worked with Svend Bayer in Devon, England for 4 months
and visited potteries in the U.K. and France. In 2002 I participated
in the St Croix Valley Studio Tour in Minnesota, U.S. at the invitation
of Jeff Oestreich.
am currently lecturer in ceramics and design at Central TAFE Perth.
I have demonstrated and taught workshops extensively throughout
Western Australia, as well as in Minnesota, Utah in the U.S and
in France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Japan and Singapore."