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Duwyenie, Debra – Tall Jar with 28 Hummingbirds

Duwyenie, Debra – Tall Jar with 28 Hummingbirds

4"w x 11.5"h
$ 2,800.00
Availability: In stock

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.



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Duwyenie, Debra (b. 1955)

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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.

Duwyenie, Preston

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Preston Duwyenie is from Third Mesa at Hopi.  He is renown for his elegant pottery which is often highlighted with silver medallions.  He taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe. He is married to Santa Clara potter Debra Duwyenie and now resides at Santa Clara Pueblo. Preston has won numerous awards for pottery, including "Best of Show" at the Heard Indian Market.

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