A beautiful early pair of signed tufa cast earrings by Charles Loloma in wonderful condition. The earrings are right around 60 years old and are both signed, Charles Loloma Sterling. " They also have a patent number on the clips, "pat. 156452 which is for the year 1949.They were made during the time period when he was transitioning from pottery making to jewelry making. These old tufa cast solid sterling pieces from the mid to late 1950's were the foundation of Mr.
Loloma's innovative and ever evolving style as a Hopi silversmith. They have a much less refined style than his later work which integrated beautiful stones and gold into his lapidary inlay work. Charles Loloma was a gifted and widely creative artist who today is the most widely collected of any American Indian jeweler. Born in the Hopi village of Hotevilla in 1921 to parents who were respected craftspeople, Charles Loloma exhibited remarkable artistic ability while still in grade school.As a teenager he developed a noteworthy resume as a muralist, working with Olaf Nordmark and Fred Kabotie to create murals for San Franciscos Golden Gate International Exposition (1939) and for the Museum of Modern Arts landmark exhibition, Indian Art of the United States (1941). Between 1947 and 1949 Charles and his wife Otellie attended the School for American Craftsmen, located at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where they began to develop a distinctive style of pottery. In 1956 they opened the Loloma Ceramics Shop in Lloyd News Kiva Craft Center in Scottsdale. Almost immediately Charles began designing and producing original, tufa-cast jewelry. By 1965 he had established his own studio near Hotevilla, where his flawless sense of design, composition, and color; his innovative use of materials; and his ability to integrate and interpret diverse influences made him one of the most sought-after and respected artists in his field. Charles passed away in 1991. The item "Signed Early Vintage C. 1959 CHARLES LOLOMA EARRINGS Tufa Cast STERLING SILVER" is in sale since Saturday, August 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry". The seller is "icecube" and is located in Remer, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.