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Delores Fortuna

Delores Fortuna's work uses basic wheel thrown shapes as a starting point. The clay wall becomes a fabric, a diary rich with gestural marks and intent. As a seamstress would cut, fold, and dart cloth to make a garment, she uses this clay fabric to shape utilitarian vessels.

Early influences in Fortuna's work were the simple yet intense forms of Hans Coper, Lucy Rie and Ruth Duckworth and the color theories of Josef Albers. Fortuna had the honor of studying with Ruth Duckworth at the University of Chicago for her undergraduate and graduate degrees and Richard Lafean was pivotal in developing her wheel throwing touch. Fortuna has always responded to work which is form simple but structurally complex and derives much visual information from a diverse array of contemporary clay artists as well as historical ceramics. Her current work is shaped as much by simple thoughts as by elaborate clay working ideas.

Delores says:

My passion is to make pots for people to use. My current work attempts to synthesize the causal and spontaneous traditions of pottery with a modernist and contemporary design sensibility. My 30-year journey continues to challenge and fascinate me with the magic and joy I found when I first touched clay.

Fortuna divides her time between her studio in Galena, Illinois and teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Each piece is wheel thrown from porcelain clay and fired to 2300 degrees F, and is oven and microwave safe.



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DELORES FORTUNA: Boat Bowl, Yellow/Black

DELORES FORTUNA: Boat Bowl, Yellow/Black

Porcelain. Two-tone glazes. Wheel thrown, fired to 2300 degrees F. Microwave and dishwasher safe. For further information, including freight estimates, please contact the Gallery.
$48.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Cake Platter

DELORES FORTUNA: Cake Platter

Porcelain. Wheel thrown. Fired to 2300 degrees F. Microwave and dishwasher safe. For further information, including freight estimates, please contact the Gallery.
$135.00
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DELORES FORTUNA: Floppy Bowl

DELORES FORTUNA: Floppy Bowl

Porcelain. Wheel thrown, two-tone glazes. Fired to 2300 degrees F. Microwave and dishwasher safe. For further information, including freight estimates, please contact the Gallery.
$135.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Mugs

DELORES FORTUNA: Mugs

Wonderful gas-fired mugs, functional and with a dash of whimsy. Price is for one piece. Each mug is one-of-a-kind. They are 3-1/2" tall (see other listings for the taller mugs). Please contact the Gallery for currently available styles and further information. Individual listings coming soon.
$38.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Mugs

DELORES FORTUNA: Mugs

NEW. Approximately 3-1/2" tall X 3-1/2" diameter, with small variations. Please contact the Gallery for further information, or to purchase multiples.
$38.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Pumpkin Vase, Medium

DELORES FORTUNA: Pumpkin Vase, Medium

Porcelain. Wheel thrown, two-tone glazes. Fired to 2300 degrees F. Microwave and dishwasher safe. For further information, including freight estimates, please contact the Gallery.
$75.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Pumpkin Vase, Small

DELORES FORTUNA: Pumpkin Vase, Small

Porcelain. Wheel thrown, two-tone glazes. Fired to 2300 degrees F. Microwave and dishwasher safe. For further information, including freight estimates, please contact the Gallery.
$65.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Small Plates

DELORES FORTUNA: Small Plates

Dimensions: approximately 4" x 5". Individual listings coming soon, or contact the Gallery. For purchases of multiples, please contact the Gallery for shipping information (additional shipping fee may apply).
$22.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Tall Mugs

DELORES FORTUNA: Tall Mugs

Approximately 4-1/2" tall X 3-1/2" diameter, with small variations. Please contact the Gallery for further information, or to purchase multiples.
$46.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: Black/Grey Platter

DELORES FORTUNA: Black/Grey Platter

Dimensions: 10-1/4" diameter x 1-3/4" tall. Please contact the Gallery for further information.
$75.00
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