Curran, Dolores – Large Polychrome with Avanyu and Tablita Lid

5.5"w x 7"h (w/ lid)

$ 4,400.00

WOW!  This is a spectacular lidded polychrome jar 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 water jar has a wide shoulder and sloping neck.  Around the center, there is a more deeply carved avanyu that is polished tan.  Around the neck, there is a section with a turtle surrounded by flowers and clouds.  On the opposite side is a sun design with etched feathers. Separating them are larger sections of feathers that are either rounded or pointed.  Below the shoulder, the jar is incised in four sections with prayer feathers, clouds, and old-style bird designs.   There is a striking balance of form and design.  The designs are incised into the clay and then highlighted with clay slips and note how even in the incised areas she has added red clay!  The base of the jar is polished red and painted with red-on-red designs. The lid is unusual as it has a butterfly on one side and a tablita on the other.  They are incised into the clay and even the sides of the lid are designed!  The top of the lid is both polished and matte.  To create a piece with so much design and so much coloration and yet have them draw the eye from one “scene” to the next, is remarkable.  To see it on a larger piece has given Dolores an additional “canvas” in terms of size to accentuate her imagery and various techniques.  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”.  The last photo is of Dolores holding the jar to create a sense of scale.