Duwyenie, Preston – Red Micaceous Plate with Silver “Turtle” Inset
This small plate by Preston Duwyenie is made from micaceous clay and slipped with a red micaceous slip. The red color is a clay from Santa Clara. The central medallion is an inset piece of silver. The design around the silver is a turtle. The silver is meant to represent the shifting sands found in the areas around Hopi, and here, the back of the turtle. The silver is cast against cuttle-fish bone (a type of squid). This process creates a similar style of shifting sand design to complement the clay. The plate is signed on the back in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child. Preston is from Second Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.