Richard DeVoreUntitled Vessel (#403)
16 x 12 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
References to the human body are common in Richard DeVore's ceramics. The uneven forms with slack curves and pinched folds suggest the aging body. The pinkish-beige matte glazes and weblike lines resemble veined, translucent skin. Often his pieces have irregular openings that penetrate more than one layer, recalling the body's orifices. Much like Renaissance memento mori paintings that remind the viewer that all things pass and death comes to everyone, DeVore's ceramics are ultimately a comment on the human condition.