Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
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.