Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
This is a large jar with a fluted rim by Dolores Curran. She continues to create 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 late 1990s. This jar has a sharp shoulder and a fluted rim. The rim of the jar is fully polished and it is also painted red-on-red with mountain designs. Below the polished rim is a band of mica with carved lines above and below. On the jar above the shoulder are two incised avanyu. The incised designs are cut into the clay before firing and if you look closely, Dolores has used two different colors of clay on each avanyu! The body is a dark red and the upward extensions are a light red. Separating them are flower and plant designs. Below are cloud swirls. Below the shoulder are sections with prayer feathers and butterflies. Each of the eight sections is a different design! Near the base is another carved band slipped with mica and re-on-red mountain designs. WOW! That is a lot of different techniques and different clay colors on one piece. For Dolores, this is a larger jar and it has a lot of space to cover with her very intricate designs. All the colorations are from natural clay slips. It is an extraordinary amount of time to create pieces intricate both in design and to use the various clay additions. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”.