Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Loloma Pottery

We recently received 2 pieces of Charles Loloma pottery on consignment that date to 1948-49! Many people are familiar with his jewelry, but not so many know that he made pottery for a short time before turning to jewelry making. After his service in WWII, he attended the School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University in New Yorkwhere he studied ceramics. He was also awarded a Whitney Foundation Fellowship, which allowed him to return home to Hopi and spend approximately 1 year studying indigenous clays and techniques without having to worry about making a living at the same time. It was during this Fellowship period that these pieces were made.  It was only when the fellowship was drawing to a close that he joined his former teacher, Lloyd Kiva New, at the new school he was starting in Scottsdale, AZ and took up jewelry making.

These pieces were purchased from Mr. Loloma around 1968 and have been in the possession of one person ever since. This individual also took notes on Mr. Loloma's letterhead on the clay, glazes and processes used to create the pieces. While his jewelry is much better known and quite exuberant in its exploration of form and color, it is important to note that Loloma's initial backgrounds in painting (color) and ceramics (form) directly influenced his jewelry design.

The smaller bowl measures 2.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches in diameter

The larger bowl measures 3 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter

The interior of the larger bowl

Loloma's distinctive signature

Here are the notes taken on Loloma's letterhead
 It is such a treat to see work by a famous artist in a totally different medium!

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