Faced Fore

William Daley, American, born 1925

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Unglazed stoneware

14 x 21 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches (35.6 x 54.6 x 51.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. Herbert Lee, 2007

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Faced Fore reflects Daley’s connection to New Mexico and his continuing interest in geometric form. The artist came into direct contact with ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings and early Pueblo pottery while guest lecturing in New Mexico in 1971. This experience influenced an entirely new body of work that was architectonic in form and embellished with ribbed patterns and zigzags, recalling the motifs Daley had encountered in the southwest. The purposeful lack of glaze in Faced Fore exaggerates the organic properties of stoneware while the hard, raw surface emphasizes its permanency.