Duwyenie, Preston – Buff Seedpot with Sand Dune Lid
Preston Duwyenie is renown for his elegant pottery which is often highlighted with silver medallions. This seedpot is made from Hopi clay and stone polished to create the shine. The lid is made by Preston and it is cast in silver from cuttlefish bone (a type of squid!). Preston says this style is his “Sand Dune” lid. There are the “shifting sand” designs on both sides of the lid. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay 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”. is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child as the hallmark for his name in Hopi. 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 at Santa Clara Pueblo. Preston has won numerous awards for pottery, including “Best of Show” at the Heard Indian Market.