Born in 1955, Debra Duwyenie is a member of the Oak Clan and a member of the Winter Moiety. She has been making pottery since 1979, having learned most of her craft from her mother Genevieve Tafoya.
Debra worked with Harvey Chavarria until he died in 1991. Their pots were signed "Debra Harvey". After Harvey died in 1991, her interest in pottery waned and she only made pottery now and then. Then she met Hopi potter Preston Duwyenie when they were both working at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. Her interest in pottery making was renewed and, now married, Preston and Debra do some collaborative work but she mainly works on her own. Her favorite designs include hummingbirds, quails, turtles and fish.
Debra signs her work simply Debra, although she has been adding Preston's "Carried in Beauty" hallmark lately.