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Dolores Curran

Dolores Curran

Dolores Curran is the sister of potter Geri Naranjo and mother of Ursula Curran.  Delores began making pottery at a very early age.  Dolores is originally from Santa Clara, but when she married, she moved to San Juan Pueblo.  Dolores has long been known for her miniatures in a buff on red style of pottery. The talent in miniature works has been handed down from Ursula. She has also been creating San Juan style pieces which were inspired by the work of her husband, Alvin. Each piece is incised with designs which are then slipped with various clays or stone polished and then traditionally fired outdoors.  Dolores does not copy or record her designs as she wants to make each work more original.

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Curran, Dolores – Jar with Feather Designs

The painting on this jar by Dolores Curran is a bit breathtaking.  The entire piece is fully polished and then it is painted. In terms of painted designs, Dolores has to first polish the jar and then paint the designs.  The entire piece is painted between four and five times!  The first time is to outline the design, and then a second time to deepen the outline.  Then the designs are filled-in and then painted over again. Finally, the entire piece is painted over one more time for consistency in color!  Imagine painting a piece that many times and STILL getting such thin lines.  What is so remarkable are the feathers.  They are perfectly symmetrical and tightly painted. They are separated by cloud and water serpent designs. The bottom of the jar is fully designed with lightning, cloud and rain patterns.  Interestingly, leaving the top plain and simply highly polished brings the eye quickly to the intricacy of the painting.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Curran, Dolores – Round Box with Polished Lid and Dragonfly Designs

Dolores Curran creates intricately incised and painted pottery.  This box is one of her pieces which is fully painted buff-on-red.  The bowl is round and the sides are painted with dragonflies, feathers, cloud and rain designs.  The design near the rim of the box is a water serpent, which encircles the piece.  The designs are incredibly intricate and detailed.  The top of the box is a lid with a feather pattern on the finial and below that is a water serpent. There are dragonflies and prayer feather bundles also painted on the top of the lid.  Dragonflies are often depicted as Prayer Messengers.  In terms of painted designs, Dolores has to first polish the box and lid, and then painted the designs.  They are painted over between four and five times!  The first time is to outline the design, the deepen the outline.  Then the designs are filled-in and then painted over again. Finally, the entire piece is painted over one more time for consistency in color!  The polishing on the piece is exceptional as note the reflection of the finial on the top of the lid in the surrounding polished surface!  WOW!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,200.00
Curran, Dolores – Miniature Bear

This is an intricately painted miniature bear by Dolores.  It is polished red and then painted buff-on-red.  Did you know that for her painted designs, Dolores paints over the designs between four and five times? First, she has to polish the piece and then the designs are painted onto the surface.  The first time is to outline the design, the over the same area to deepen the outline coloration.  Then the designs are filled-in and then painted over again. Finally, the entire piece is painted over one more time for consistency in color!  This small bear has a cloud and rain design on its back.   The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 325.00
Curran, Dolores – Incised Plate with Dragonflies and Avanyu

Dolores Curran creates intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990’s.  This plate is exceptionally intricate in design.  The front has a water serpent etched around the rim.  The center is a complex square pattern which has four plants on each side.  Note both the precision of the incised designs but also how she used clay slips in the incised area to help accentuate the imagery!  The rim is fully polished red and the back is equally as complex with dragonflies, stylized birds, and flowers.  Again it is deeply incised, which is surprising for all the work that is also on the front!  There are both matte and micaceous clays used throughout. The mica adds a bit of “sparkle” to the designs.  The plate may be small but it is amazingly complex in design and color for its size!

$ 950.00
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