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Artwork by Charles Loloma

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About the Artist

(1921-1992) This innovative man from Hopi pioneered in jewelry design, as well as painting, printmaking, pottery and with bronze castings.

A member of the Badger Clan, Charles Loloma was born in Hoteville, Arizona. Artistic blood ran through his family. His father was a weaver, while his mother made baskets. In Hopi, his name, Loloma means "beauty". Following World War II, this GI used his benefits to study ceramics at the School of American Craftsmen at Alfred University. While at Alfred University, he received the Whitney Fellowship to study Hopi ceramics.

Not until the mid 1950's did he begin to work in silver. At this time he and his wife opened a pottery shop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Around 1959 Charles began making jewelry featuring gold, silver, ironwood and stones using a variety of techniques.

Loloma's solo exhibitions took place at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Paris, France. Awarded the Arizona Indian Living Treasures award, Mr. Loloma was named a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. Purchase and read Loloma Beauty is His Name by Martha Hopkins Struever, published in 2005.