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debra duwyenieDebra Duwyenie

debra duwyenie Debra Duwyenie is renown for her highly polished incised pottery. At times she also works on pieces with her husband, noted potter Preston Duwyenie. On these pieces, he makes the piece of pottery, and she does the polishing and incised designs. Debra is a granddaughter of Petra Gutierrez and the niece of noted potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod) & Lois Gutierrez. Debra also made pieces with Harvey Chavarria (1943-1991), and they were signed "Debra + Harvey." It is significant that Debra does all of her sgraffito work into the clay before they are fired, which adds to the difficulty of her work. Debra has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.  Debra uses the traditional methods of hand-coil, stone polish, paint, open fire, and hand sgraffito designs.  We are pleased to carry a selection of her work at both our Scottsdale and Santa Fe locations.

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Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Sun Face Seedpot with Turquoise (1980’s)

This is an intricate seedpot by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.   The seedpot is fully polished and etched in a medallion which encompasses about a third of the piece.  The center of the medallion is a Sun Face design.  Surrounding it is a feather pattern and a water serpent (avanyu).  At the edge of the design is a mountain pattern. Debra would etch the designs into the clay before they were fired.  The lighter red areas are where the polished surface has been etched away but not as deep as the tan areas.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise as part of the sunface design.   The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Debra + Harvey”.

$ 250.00
Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Flat Seedpot with Turtle and Sunface (1980’s)

This is an intricate seedpot by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.   The seedpot is fully polished and etched with a turtle in the center.  The back of the turtle is a Sun Face.  Surrounding the turtle are feathers and a mountain design.  Debra would etch the designs into the clay before they were fired.  The lighter red areas are where the polished surface has been etched away but not as deep as the tan areas.  This flat, round shape of seepot is one that was stylized by Debra & Harvey for their work.   The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Debra + Harvey”.

$ 200.00
Duwyenie, Debra – Tall Jar with 28 Hummingbirds

This tall jar was made by Preston Duwyenie and polished and incised by Debra Duwyenie.  The design on the front is fully polished and full of imagery. The design is a flowering plant which extends up from the base.  Each of the flowers are etched into the clay and the center of each is matte, which is just where the polished slip has been etched away.  For nearly each flower is a hummingbird, each of which are also etched into the clay and with matte bellies.  There are 28 hummingbirds on the jar!  The remainder of the jar is slipped with a micaceous clay.  It is fired red in coloration.  Interestingly, Debra etches her designs into the clay before the piece is fired.  If you look closely you can see how the background area is also vertically etched to create an additional layer to the piece.  The jar is signed with Debra’s name and Preston’s hallmark.

 

 

$ 2,800.00
Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Eight Turtles

Debra Duwyenie is well known for her wonderful miniatures and incised designs. Each piece is stone polished and then it is etched before it is fired! This seedpot has eight turtles as the design.  Each of the turtles has a different design on the back.  Note the one with the wavy lines, that one is meant to represent Preston Duwyenie, her husband, who is known for his “shifting sand” pottery.  There are additional dragonflies and a water serpent at the base of the design.  Note that the lighter red matte areas are where Debra has only etched away the polished surface but not down as far as the tan color of the clay. Debra also pays close attention to the little details like the tan background area and how evenly she etches the vertical lines. The seedpot is traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark and “Debra”.

$ 450.00
Duwyenie, Debra – Plate with 19 Hummingbirds

This plate was made by Preston Duwyenie and polished and incised by Debra Duwyenie.  The design on the front is fully polished and full of imagery. The design is a flowering plant which extends up from the vase.  Each of the flowers are etched into the clay and the center of each is matte, which is just where the polished slip has been etched away.  For nearly each flower is a hummingbird, each of which are also etched into the clay and with matte bellies.  There are 19 hummingbirds on the plate!  There are also additional butterflies and note near the top is a sunface and extending from the sun are rain and cloud designs.  The back of the plate is fully polished and signed with Debra’s name and Preston’s hallmark.

 

$ 650.00
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