Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Plate with 7 Turtles and Dragonflies
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 plate has seven turtles along with dragonflies, as the design. Each turtle has a different design on its back. Usually, Debra etches one of the turtles to have a “shifting sand” design to represent her husband, Preston Duwyenie. All the turtles are surrounded by dragonflies. The rim of the plate is fully etched with a tight feather pattern. 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 by both artists.