BAHTI INDIAN ARTS
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LOLOMA
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My father first met Charles Loloma, a Hopi artist who was one of the great jewelry artists of the 2nd half of the 20th century, and his wife Otellie about 1954. They were both working in clay at the time (Charles had earned a MA in ceramics from Bruce University). They soon set up a small shop in Scottsdale at Craftsman Court, run by Lloyd Kiva. All three would later be involved with the founding and initial years of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. My father started representing Charles' jewelry around 1959. I spent the summer of 1966 living at Hopi, staying with Charles at his then-tiny studio outside his home village of Hotvela. I learned the rudiments of silver-working from him, including sandcasting and a very primitive form of lost-wax casting. His unfortunate and premature death in 1991 was a keen loss for many of us, but he left an unmatched artistic legacy. There are counterfeit Loloma jewelry pieces in the market. For my part I will provide documentation for each of these pieces, signed by the original purchaser/owner, with information on when and were they were originally purchased. --Mark