Dark Pumpkin Vase by Delores Fortuna
Handmade by Delores Fortuna in Galena, IL.
Delores Fortuna's work uses basic wheel thrown shapes as starting points; the clay wall defines both the silhouette of the form and records that time-event process of throwing. The clay wall becomes a fabric, a diary rich with gestural marks and intent. As a seamstress would cut and fold art cloth to make a garment, Fortuna uses this clay fabric to shape utilitarian vessels.
The clays and glazes are fired to stoneware temperatures (2374 F) in a gas reducing kiln vitrifying the porcelain clays and glazes. The surfaces are food safe, usable in dishwashers, microwaves, and gas/electric ovens.