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Richard Devore

American
(1933–2006)

Bowl


1976

Stoneware
3.75 x 10.625 x 10.5 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation
1985.103

Richard DeVore created pottery (particularly vases and bowls) that redefined the boundaries of ceramic production. Exhibiting since 1954, his reputation places him alongside Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio (also represented in the museum’s collections). Like his colleagues, DeVore has brought a psychological intensity based on human anatomy to his work. This bowl, with its open space at the bottom, at first appears to have been damaged. For DeVore, however, such negative spaces create the specter of an unknown world, hidden from view. This piece has been glazed to produce a waxy surface rather than a glossy one, adding to the otherworldly aspects of the object.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Richard DeVore received a bachelor of education degree from the University of Toledo and a master of fine arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has taught at Cranbrook and at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, where he headed the ceramics department.

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