Javis and James Fortmann Collection

Gifted to the Fine Arts Collection during July of 2002 by Javis and James Fortmann, this collection includes fifteen ceramic art works by Marguerite Wildenhain. Jay Fortmann attended Pond Farm workshops three times between the summers of 1961 and 1971. He purchased works directly from Wildenhain during the years he studied with her. Notes, letters and photographs relating to Marguerite Wildenhain were donated at the same time and are now part of the Luther College Archives. In addition, the Fortmanns donated a Peruvian whistle pot and three pre-Colombian objects also from Peru: a Mochica head, a mummy wrap, and a water carrier pot. Javis and James acquired several of the pre-Colombian pieces in 1966, when they participated in the World Crafts Council General Assembly in Peru.

In 1990, the Fortmanns donated the potter's wheel built and used at Pond Farm by Marguerite Wildenhain to the Luther College Art Department. They also donated a Christmas cookie to the Fine Arts Collection which had been decorated and sent to special friends by Wildenhain.

Information on James Fortmann (pdf)

Biography of Marguerite Wildenhain

*This artist is also featured in other Luther College Collections.

Javis and James Fortmann Collection