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.
1/2” high by 3” wide
We haven’t had new works by Dolores in a while, and we are so lucky to have this new miniature plate. (Ribbon winner at Indian Market in Santa Fe) This plate is delicately incised and painted on front and back. The various reds and tans are derived from natural clay slips and mica. This plate shows an avanyu around the ce nter medallion, and feather patterns and floral symbols on the top and sides. The rim is polished to a high sheen with painted cloud elements If you look at the backside of the plate, it is a tan matte color, but Dolores is using a green slip as an outline to her dragonfly, and floral images. It’s very creative.