Loloma, Charles – Hummingbird Bowl (1950’s)
Charles Loloma is a name synonymous with innovative Hopi jewelry. He began his jewelry career with a brief period of time also making pottery in the 1950’s. The pieces were made form earthenware and were painted and glazed. By the 1960’s his jewelry was already achieving some fame and he discontinued making pottery. His clay pieces are relatively rare but fascinating in terms of form, design and glaze. In many ways they mirror the innovative style of his jewelry relative to the other work being created at Hopi at the same time. This bowl is glazed on the outside with a series of hummingbirds. The rim and the inside are fully glazed to a shiny brown coloration. This is certainly a striking piece of his pottery! It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom into the clay, “Loloma”.