Dolores Curran was born in 1954 into the Santa Clara Pueblo. Around 1977, she married Alvin Curran (deceased) and moved to San Juan. She made her first piece of pottery at age nine! Using the traditional methods of pottery making she learned from her grandmother, Dolores went on to develop her own style of contemporary hand polished, painted, and carved pottery. Known for her miniatures, she is one of the most precise etchers and painters we know. Dolores is a traditionalist. She breaks down the clumps of clay to form a fine powder form and hand mixes water with volcanic ash. Once the clay is mixed to a fine medium she then builds her pottery by using the coiling method. When the pots are dried, she then sands down the rough edges for a smooth finish. Then the painting process begins. Using paint from natural vegetation, she intricately designs her pots with numerous Pueblo symbols. Often, she uses the themes of avanyu clouds, feathers, bears, trees, rain, and mountains. She signs her work: Dolores Curran SCP. Her daughter, Ursula, and her sister, Geri Naranjo, are also talented potters, also specializing in miniatures.
What a magnificent bowl by Dolores Curran. She is such a master when it comes to incising with the greatest precision. This attractive bowl is designed with clouds, rain, spirals, stair steps, and other symbols. A lovely border of waves is on the bottom quadrant of the bowl. Dolores has sculpted a micaceous black bear to act as a beautiful lid. Her bowl is fired in the traditional way using cedar and pine and an outdoor firebox made of tin. As with all her work….this bear lidded bowl is amazing.
4 ½” high by 3 ¾” wide