Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
This is a striking 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 tall shape with a sharp shoulder that extends up to the neck. The body of the jar has a large dragonfly, flower, and sun design. As the jar is turned there are plant and then feather patterns. Note on the feathers all the different colorations! Then there are additional plant and cloud patterns. The entire surface is intricately designed. All the different colors are different clays! The lid of the jar is a bear that is fully polished. There are little dragonflies painted on the top of the lid with red clay. Near the base, where it is polished red, there are red-on-red prayer feathers. 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!