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 flowers around the neck. Below them are triangular flower petals extending downward. There is a single line, which is a mountain pattern and it is slipped with a dark red clay. Below the shoulder are old style flower and rain patterns. Note all the various clay color and little areas of mica used in the designs! The bottom of the jar is polished red with a band of red clay slip with white seed designs. Note how some of the dots are filled in and others are open, which represent the sprouting seeds. The lid is sculpted on top with an old style flower design. The plant is show just starting to bloom! It is slipped with a mica clay and there is a deeply carved circle and mountain pattern on the lip. 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. Simply perfect!