Duwyenie, Debra – Tall Jar with 28 Hummingbirds
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.