Curran, Dolores (b. 1954)
Dolores Curran creates 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 1990’s. This piece is one of her lidded boxes. The box is oval and the sides are fully painted with geometric designs. There are feather, cloud and sun designs. Did you know that when she paints the designs, she goes over each area at least four times so that the white clay will be dark enough to show against the polished red surface! The lid has a water serpent incised into the clay in a San Juan style. The area is matte and there are red, white and brown clay slips. It is surrounded by a painted cloud design. Note on the lid there are red dots on one side and white dots on the other, to let you know which way to place the lid! The piece is wonderfully intricate in painting and complex in form. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”.
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