Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
Stunning! 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 high, wide shoulder and a short neck. The neck of the jar is polished red and the top of the rim is also painted. There are small bird and mountain designs hidden under the lid. The top of the shoulder is fully designed with two large hummingbirds. They are surrounded by feather and flower petal designs. Each feather and petal is incised into the clay and slipped with mica. The shoulder of the jar has an incised avanyu encircling the piece. It is coppery in color from the micaceous clay, as opposed to the tan surrounding area. Below the avanyu are additional flowers, birds, prayer feathers, and dragonflies. It is very intricately designed with an elegant flow of imagery. The base is fully polished and painted with tiny dragonflies along with old-style plant designs. The lid is in the shape of kiva steps with an opening in the center and slipped with mica. The edge of the lid is polished red. Amazingly, the jar combines polished, matte, and micaceous surfaces. There are both incised and painted designs. 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”. Simply perfect!