Duwyenie, Preston – Traditional Ladle with Silver Inset
This is a traditional ladle or spoon by Preston Duwyenie. It is made from a red clay found near Second Mesa at Hopi. The entire piece is fully polished. There is an inset piece of silver on the handle. The silver is meant to represent the shifting sands found in the areas around Hopi. The silver is cast against cuttle-fish bone (a type of squid). The silver is inset after the firing and there is a design etched on both ends. The ladle 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.