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Untitled

Richard DeVore

American, 1933 - 2006

Untitled, 1979

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Stoneware

Dimensions: 5 × 12 in. (12.7 × 30.5 cm)

Purchased from Artist by Kathryn Sharbaugh and FIA Pottery Students, 1979.299

Richard DeVore was known for his simple, organically inspired forms. He used matte glazes to capture the subtle colors and textures of flesh, smooth stones, or dried earth. This work, at first glance, appears to be utilitarian in nature, however, on closer inspection the hole in the center renders this bowl ineffective. Often a focal point, the interior of the vessel is where ridges, slits, dimples, and irregularities transform the recognizable into something more abstract and sculptural.Born in Toledo, Ohio, DeVore studied at the University of Toledo before receiving an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1957. In 1966, he became the head of the ceramics department at Cranbrook, and then a member of the art faculty at Colorado State University. While in Michigan, he also taught at Mott Community College (then known as Flint Junior College). At Cranbrook, he spoke highly of Flint and the museum and encouraged several of his students (including Kathryn Sharbaugh) to visit.

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