Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – “Jumping Trout” Seedpot with 11 Turtles and Silver Lid
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 eleven turtles encircling the piece. Each of them has a different design etched onto its back. Note that one of the turtles has the “shifting sand” design, which represents Preston! The turtles are surrounded by fish and there is a water serpent near the top. Around the opening, there are incised feathers. The lid is made by Preston Duweynie and it is cast from cuttlefish bone. The lid is then carved into the shape of a jumping trout. 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 bottom of the lid is stamped with Preston’s hallmark. and the bottom of the seedpot is signed by both.