Duwyenie, Debra – “Morning at the Turtle Pond” Plate
This is a very detailed plate by Debra Duwyenie. She 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 plate has a cloud design around the rim. There is a second band with dragonflies and two avanyu. The large central medallion has a sun rising above hummingbirds, quail, flowers, and butterflies. There is even a little rabbit! Below the animals is the “pond” with four turtles and A LOT of fish. Each turtle has a different design on its back. One of the turtles has a “shifting sand” design to represent her husband, Preston Duwyenie. Note that the lighter red matte areas are where Debra has only etched away from 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 back of the plate is also fully polished! The piece is signed on the back, “Debra”.