Duwyenie, Preston – White Shifting Sands Plate with Coral Inset
This piece by Preston Duwyenie is made from white Hopi clay found near Third Mesa at Hopi. The clay is stone polished and when fired has an eggshell white appearance. The back of the plate is polished and the front is carved to have the appearance of shifting sands. There are multiple rows of the shifting sand design which change as the piece is turned and their shadows are cast. There is a single inset piece of coral within the bands of the sand design. The plate is signed on the back 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.