Dolores Curran

Dolores Curran
Dolores Curran

Dolores Curran is the daughter of the late potter Ursulita Naranjo and the sister of well-known miniaturist Geri Naranjo. She was married to San Juan potter Alvin Curran who passed away in 1999. While Dolores' work is mostly in the Santa Clara style, her designs have been influenced by San Juan design. Dolores most typically works in the "cream on red" style. A little known fact is that she needs to paint each piece at least four or five times before her designs achieve the degree of opacity she wants.

Feather and geometric designs on a red miniature jar
Cream on red miniature jar with feather and geometric designs
1 1/2 in H by 1 3/4 in Dia
Avanyu and geometric designs on a red on red seedpot
Red on red seedpot with avanyu and geometric designs
1 in H by 1 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu, clouds, kiva step and geometric designs carved into a black on black jar
Black on black jar carved with avanyu, clouds, kiva step and geometric designs
5 3/4 in h by 3 in Dia
Avanyu and geometric design carved into a black on black jar
Black on black jar carved with avanyu and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu and geometric design painted on a red and white seedpot
Red and white seedpot with painted avanyu and geometric design
2 in H by 3 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a black on black plate
Black on black plate carved with geometric design
1 1/2 in H by 9 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted avanyu, cloud and geometric design on a lidded black jar
Lidded black jar with sgraffito and painted avanyu, cloud and geometric design
4 3/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Feather and geometric designs carved in to a black plate
Black plate carved with feather and geometric designs
1 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Carved geometric designs on a black on black on black jar with a micaceous black slip added
Black on black ob black jar with a micaceous black slip decorated with carved geometric designs
2 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Black jar with five different black slips applied to the carved surface
Five different black slips on a black jar carved with geometric designs
5 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Avanyu, dragonfly and geometric design lightly carved into a black on black jar
Micaceous black on black jar decorated with lightly carved dragonfly, avanyu and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu and geometric design lightly carved in a lidded polychrome jar
Lidded polychrome jar lightly carved with avanyu and geometric design
4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Lightly carved medallion, kiva step and geometric design on a micaceous black on black lidded jar
Micaceous black on black lidded jar lightly carved with medallion, kiva step and geometric design
3 3/4 in H by 2 in Dia
Lightly carved, sgraffito and painted geometric design on a lidded polychrome jar
Lidded polychrome jar with a lightly carved, sgraffito and painted geometric design
1 3/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Tall neck miniature black jar carved with a melon design
Melon design carv3ed on a miniature tall neck black jar
1 1/2 in H by 1 1/4 in Dia
White avanyu, feather and geometric design on a miniature red jar
Miniature red jar decorated with a white feather, avanyu and geometric design
3/4 in H by 3/4 in Dia
Photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery