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David R. Crane

Craftsperson · Sculptor
Born November 28, 1946, Abington, Pennsylvania

"Sculpture is the servant of architecture and vice versa. So too is stained glass. Both sculpture and stained glass are affected by the environment (architecture) in which they are placed and the environment is affected by them in return. All three disciplines are interrelated and my work tends to reflect this."

David R. Crane is a master of working with stained glass. He currently owns and operates Plumstead Studios on Haring Road in Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania. While he sometimes designs new windows for churches and homeowners, most of his work is in restoration and conservation. As America's stained glass windows have gotten older, Crane's expertise has become more in-demand. Working with glass, Crane sees himself as continuing a grand tradition begun by the Egyptians and the Romans. Although he does not attend any church as a congregant, he describes himself as deeply "spiritual" and finds a certain meditative quality from spending time alone in a church with its windows.

Crane was educated as a sculptor at Cooper Union and Rutger University, but his knowledge of stained glass was self-taught. Since founding Plumstead Studios in 1986, he has done commissions for Princeton University, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, St. Martin's Church of New Hope, and the Hill School in Pottstown, among others. He served for several years as co-chairman of the Bucks County Sculpture Show, founded by the late Dr. Selma Burke.


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