Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
This is an intricately painted long neck jar by Dolores Curran. It is polished red and then painted buff-on-red. Did you know that for her painted designs, Dolores paints over the designs between four and five times? First, she has to polish the piece and then the designs are painted onto the surface. The first time is to outline the design, over the same area to deepen the outline coloration. Then the designs are filled-in and then painted over again. Finally, the entire piece is painted over one more time for consistency in color! This jar is fully stone-polished red. It is an amazing shape with a round body and a long neck. The neck has a feather pattern at the top. The base of the neck has an avanyu. Around the body of the jar there is a feather pattern and below the shoulder are plant and rain designs. There is so much detail and precision on this piece, it is quite amazing in person. The back has two triangular cloud patterns. The piece is signed on the bottom, “Dolores Curran”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.