Born in 1951, Preston Duwyenie is a Hopi potter from the village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa. He attended elementary and middle school at Hotevilla, then went to High School in Scottsdale, AZ. After graduating he studied under Otellie Loloma at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Later he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University and completed coursework toward an MFA there. Then he accepted a position teaching modern ceramics at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and that's where he met his wife Debra Duwyenie. He no longer teaches but he lives at Santa Clara Pueblo and still produces pottery and silverwork, sometimes combining the two with silver pieces (in the "Shifting Sands" design) embedded in his pottery or fashioned into lids of one form or another.