Richard DeVore (1933 - 2006) was one of the most important American ceramicist of the past century. He earned a B.Ed. degree with an art major from the University of Toledo in 1955, and received an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1957. In 1966 DeVore became head of the ceramics department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a member of the Colorado State University art faculty from 1978 to 2004. In 1987, DeVore was installed as a fellow of the American Craft Council. He is known for simple, organic forms finished in dull glazes that suggest polished stones, sun bleached bones or even translucent skin.
DeVore's vessels are numerious private collections and in over 40 museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Craft Museum, New York, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, the National Museum of Art in Washington D.C., the Louvre's National Collection of Contemporary Art in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland Kestner-Museum, Hanover, Germany, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.