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!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Author Event at Books & More!

Author Lisa Schnebly Heidinger will be here on FRIDAY, not Saturday as originally planned. She will be signing her books from 1- 3.30pm. She will sign all of her books that we have so if anyone does come on Saturday they can at least get a signed copy. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Byrd Baylor will be here on Saturday at her scheduled time.

Books & More at the Heard Museum main location is hosting an author signing on January 28 from 10am to 2.30pm. The shop welcomes authors Lisa Schnebly Heidinger and Byrd Baylor. 

Books By Byrd Baylor

About Byrd Baylor:
Byrd Baylor was born in 1924 in Texas and has spent most of her life in the southwest. Four of her childrens books have been awarded Caldecott Honors. She currently lives near Arivaca, Arizona.
We currently have these books by Byrd:

  • Everybody Needs a Rock
  • The Table Where Rich People Sit
  • Desert Voices
  • The Desert is Theirs
  • And It Is Still That Way- Legends Told by Arizona Indian Children
  • When Clay Sings
  • The Way to Make Perfect Mountains

To recap:

What: Author book signing with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger and Byrd Baylor
Where: Books and More at the Heard Museum main location (see address in the right column)
When: January 27, 2012 from 1-3.30pm (Lisa) and
January 28, 2012 from 12.30-2.30pm (Byrd)

Arizona: 100 Years Grand by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

About Lisa Schnebly Heidinger:
Lisa Schnebly Heidinger’s affection for Arizona is as deep as her roots.  Hearing as a small child that the town of Sedona had been named after her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly, Lisa became interested in Arizona pioneers and history – although she ruefully admits that she resisted stopping at historical roadside markers until her 30s.  (“It was a bad case of arrested development until I saw the Arizona Territory marker with my father, and was knocked off my metaphorical donkey!”)  
         She began writing journals as a child, and moved from personal reporting to newspaper as a raw recruit at the Green Valley News in 1979.  After four years she broke into broadcast journalism, working seven days a week to do morning drive at KCEE radio while working weekends on KGUN-TV. She then did full time television reporting for five years, covering everything from drug smuggling to polygamists.   During the Tucson years, she taught broadcast journalism at the University of Arizona, wrote for Tucson andTucson Lifestyle magazines, and earned a SAG card for a Dennis Weaver movie called “Silo” that went straight to video distribution.  In 1989 she moved to Flagstaff to open the Northern Arizona Bureau for KTVK-TV.  She met Tom Heidinger doing her first satellite live shot at the Winslow prison; they married the next year and continued to visit one another on weekends until it became clear this was not a lifestyle conducive to raising children.  Lisa resigned and moved to the Valley.   
        Once in Phoenix, Lisa began writing for Arizona Highways, as well as the Sunday editorial page of the Arizona Republic, doing a column called “Arizona Correspondent” for three years.  She authored her first book in 1995, and has been doing articles, speeches and books ever since (see "Books" and "Speeches and Seminars" for more on those).  She and Tom have two children, Sedona Lee and Rye Schnebly, and dogs Happy Jack and Leupp, prompting Sedona to ask at a young age, “Mama, what is it with you and Arizona towns?”  She volunteers at her church, does some substitute teaching, and relaxes by going in the car whenever possible.
--taken from Lisa's website

This is a free event.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Visiting Author for Indigenous Visions!

Please be sure to join the Heard Museum’s Books & More Shop in welcoming Alison Owings, author of Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans for a signing and reading on Saturday, January 21st beginning at 10 A.M. Alison will be accompanied by Patty Talahongva, a Hopi journalist who is the subject of one chapter of the book, which should be very entertaining.

The book is a fascinating look at more than a dozen contemporary Native Americans who candidly express their views on their lives today, as well as the past and future of their respective tribes. Alison, who is a non-Native, is equally candid about exactly how much she didn’t know about American Indians when she started the research for the book.