Duwyenie, Debra – Plate with 12 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 that extends up from the vase. Each of the flowers is etched into the clay and the center of each is matte, which is just where the polished slip has been etched away. For nearly every flower is a hummingbird or butterfly, each of which is also etched into the clay and with matte bellies. There are 12 hummingbirds and eight butterflies on the plate! Near the top are a sunface and rainbow. The rim is fully etched with rain and lightning designs. The back is fully polished and the rim is etched with a mountain pattern. Interestingly, Debra does all her etching before the piece is fired, so the recessed matte area has its own linear design. The piece is signed with Debra’s name and Preston’s hallmark.