Dolores Curran – Santa Clara

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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery
by Dolores Curran

Dolores Curran is one of the finest potters in any Pueblo today. This fact was validated in 1993 when Dolores won “Best of Division” at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

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This means her pot was judged the finest of all the hundreds of pots entered that year. She is the daughter of the late potter Ursulita Naranjo and the sister of famed minaturist Geri Naranjo. She was married to the fine San Juan potter Alvin Curran who passed away in 1999. Dolores most typically works in the “cream on red” style.

A little known fact is that she must paint each pot at least three times before the designs achieve the required degree of opacity. More information on Dolores Curran may be found in the Gregory Schaaf Book “Pueblo Indian Pottery – 750 Artist Biographies” on pages 18-19.

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