Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
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, 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 heartlines on the side and a cloud and rain design on the back. There are additional lightning designs on the legs. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.