The Island Gallery Shop
206-780-9500
shop@theislandgallery.net

    ARTISTS  |  SHOP  |  HOME   

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.

NOTICE: Some items may require extra shipping/insurance fees.  Where potentially applicable it will be noted in individual listings. Please be sure to read our Shipping Policies here for important excess shipping cost billing information. To obtain advance cost estimates, request free delivery (available on Bainbridge Island), or submit queries regarding these items, please click here to contact the Gallery via email.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Items shown as sold may be special ordered.  Please contact the Gallery to arrange for a special order.  Others are ready to ship immediately.



Product Image Item Name- Price
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

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

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

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

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

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

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

... more info
Sold Out
Min:  0 Units:  0
Max: 1

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

... more info
Sold Out
Min:  0
Max: 1

DELORES FORTUNA: Platter#1

DELORES FORTUNA: Platter#1

A wonderful serving dish or platter. NB: Excess shipping/insurance fees may be required.  Please read Shipping Policies here for important information; or click here to contact the Gallery.
$85.00

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

DELORES FORTUNA: Platter#4

DELORES FORTUNA: Platter#4

A wonderful serving dish or platter.
$65.00

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

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

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

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

... more info
Sold Out

Max: 1

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Glass

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Glass

4.5” tall, 3.5” diameter. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$32.00

Buy Now

Max: 1


EXHIBITIONS  |   ABOUT US  |   PRESS  |   CONTACT US



All content Copyright 2020 © The Island Gallery and its artists.