Duwyenie, Preston – Black Mica Jar with Silver Inset
This is a wide jar by Preston Duwyenie. The shape is one which Preston calls a “shoulder jar” as it is inspired by the historic Sikyaki pottery with the wide shoulders. Preston’s modernist version has a wide shoulder and a small neck. The piece is made from micaceous clay and slipped with a micaceous clay slip. It is fired black and the mica gives the piece a somewhat metallic appearance. There is a single inset piece of silver on the top shoulder of the jar. The silver has the appearance of “shifting sands”, much in a similar style to the pottery where he has carved a shifting sand pattern. It is cast by Preston against cuttlefish bone, to create the distinctive texture. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark, which means “carried in beauty”. There is certainly something both modern and ancient about this striking piece! Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe. He is married to pottery Debra Duwyenie and now resides in Santa Clara Pueblo. Preston has won numerous awards for pottery, including “Best of Show” at the Heard Indian Market.
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