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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: READY TO SHIP: Glass

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Glass

4.25” tall x 3.25” diameter. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$32.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Low Hut

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Low Hut

Listing is for Low Hut, on right. 6” tall, 5’ wide. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$95.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Mug, Black

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Mug, Black

3.5’ tall. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$34.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Mug, Grey

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Mug, Grey

5” tall. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$58.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Mug, Turquoise

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Mug, Turquoise

Tall Mugs with Turquoise, 5” tall, great finger grip! Sold separately; contact the Gallery for individual purchases.  Price is $58.00 per piece. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$58.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Tall Hut

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Tall Hut

Tall Hut, 8” tall, 5” wide. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$105.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Tall Mugs

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Tall Mugs

5” tall, great finger grip!  Sold separately; contact the Gallery for individual purchases. Price is $58.00 per piece. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$58.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Butter Dish #1

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Butter Dish #1

8” long x 5” wide  x  3.5” tall. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$95.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Butter Dish #2

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Butter Dish #2

7.5” long x 5” wide x 3.5” tall. May require additional shipping fees.  Please read Shipping Policies for further requirements.
$95.00

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DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Platter#2

DELORES FORTUNA: READY TO SHIP: Platter#2

A wonderful serving dish or platter for the holiday table! 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

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