Duwyenie, Preston – White Plate with Silver Shard
This plate by Preston Duwyenie is made from white Hopi clay found near Third Mesa at Hopi. The entire plate is stone polished on the front and back. He has inset a single piece of silver, which looks much a pottery shard resting in the sand. The silver piece is from cast from cuttlefish bone. The textured surface of the silver then has his famous “shifting sand” style of design. The plate is signed on the back in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child, which comes from Preston’s Hopi name, which means “carried in beauty”. Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.