Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
This is a 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 taller in shape and polished on the top and bottom. On the rim are rain and cloud patterns. Near the base are a painted avanyu and cloud designs. Around the center, the jar is incised with butterflies and sun designs. It is a very complex design for the size of the jar. The incised imagery is then highlighted with both red and white clay. The lid is in the shape of a bear. It is then slipped with mica. The bottom of the lid is carved with a stylized bear paw design. 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”.