Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
This is a striking 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 jar is a tall shape with a polished neck and base. The central band has a complex avanyu encircling the piece. The avanyu is polished tan. Below the avanyu are incised stylized birds and flowers. It is delicately etched an amazing that she is able to create so many colors. 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 lid is a micaceous at the base and the remainder of the bear is fully polished. 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”.