Duwyenie, Preston – Black Micaceous Seedpot with Silver Bear Lid
Preston Duwyenie is renown for his elegant pottery which is often highlighted with silver medallions. This seedpot is made from micaceous clay and fired black. The sparkle on the surface comes from the mica clay slip. The lid is designed in the shape of a bear. It is cast from cuttlefish bone so there is a “shifting sand” design on both sides. Preston makes the lid fit perfectly into the seedpot. Both the lid and the seedpot are signed on the bottom with Preston’s hallmark. It is a woman carrying a child on her back, which is also Preston’s Hopi name, which means “carried in beauty”. Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi and taught ceramics for years at the 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.