b. 1964. William "Bill" Cravis grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, oblivious to the turbulent 1960's. In the drought summer of 1988 he saddled a Fuji touring bicycle and headed west, from Lexington to San Francisco, where he lived for several years as a worker-owner of Rainbow Grocery Collective in the Mission District.  Still restless, he apprenticed to potter John Connors in the foothills of Mt. Ashland, Oregon and later spent a year in Japan, visiting ancient kiln sites and assisting Japanese potters with their work. These alternative educational experiences and others – including a 3-year apprenticeship to a natural foods chef in Harvard Square – contribute greatly to the overall dynamic of Cravis' current artistic vision.

He returned to higher education in 1999, earning a B.F.A. degree in Ceramics from California College of the Arts (2002) and an M.F.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University (2006). He has held full-time teaching positions at Ohio University, Athens and St Cloud State University, Minnesota. His distinctions include a full fellowship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004) a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant (2006) and a funded McKnight artist residency at Northern Clay Center, MN.

In addition to private collections, his work can be found in the collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.  Cravis currently lives in Bend, Oregon, where he is a full-time assistant professor in the Fine Art and Communications Department at Central Oregon Community College.

William Cravis has been writing about himself in the third person for as long as he can remember.

  BONUS!   Check out this pen & ink drawing, circa 1926, of my grandfather
William "Bill" Cravis
ABOVE: Cravis gloats in front of his towering sculpture,          
Printing to the Sky
  (2006).