Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
This is a creative and complex polychrome jar from 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 wide shoulder and an elongated neck. The base is fully polished red and painted with red and buff clays to create a stylized feather pattern. Above the shoulder, the entire piece is incised (cut into the clay) with various traditional designs. There is a water serpent (avanyu) around the shoulder. Around the neck are clouds. Note the use of various clay slips and mica to create four different matte colorations! The rim of the jar is painted with rain and cloud designs. The lid fits perfectly inside the jar and it has an old-style feather pattern. The flat portion of the lid is fully polished and painted with rain and cloud designs. For a smaller jar, it is amazingly intricate in design and also various techniques (painted and incised). The entire jar combines polished, matte and micaceous surfaces. All the colorations are from natural clay slips. It is an extraordinary amount of time to create pieces this intricate both in design and in the various clay additions. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”. Simply perfect!