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Paul SpeckledRock

Paul Speckled Rock was a grandson of Severa Tafoya and a son of Tonita Tafoya. His brothers Ray Tafoya and Ken Tafoya, are both well-known potters. He was married to Rosemary Lonewolf and learned to make pottery from Joseph Lonewolf. Paul was also the father of Adam Speckled Rock. He began as a painter in 1973 and made a series of bronzes in 1977. He began to make pottery in 1983. These amazing pieces were very lightly etched and unusual shapes, almost like rocks! While he no longer makes pottery or bronzes, his work remains distinctive and an important part of the history of Santa Clara pottery.

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Speckled Rock, Paul – Red Bear with Feathers (1991)

Paul Speckled Rock is a grandson of Severa Tafoya but learned to make pottery from Joseph Lonewolf (his then father-in-law).  Paul’s son Adam Speckled Rock has made pottery, as well as his niece, Jennifer Tafoya.  This is one of his iconic clay bears.  He began making them in the early 1980’s and they remained one of his most famous forms.  The bear is more modernized and this one is polished and fired red.  There is a geometric heartline on the piece which he has highlighted with a blue clay slip.  There is a stone arrowhead on the back and three parrot feathers.  This is the bear’s “medicine bundle”.  The piece is signed on the inside of the back leg, “Paul Speckled Rock, 1991”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Speckled Rock, Paul – Plainware Seedpot (1983)

Paul Speckled Rock is a grandson of Severa Tafoya but learned to make pottery from Joseph Lonewolf.  This seedpot is from 1983.  It is a very early piece of his pottery.  When he first started to make pottery, he began making unusual shapes, which were very much like “rocks”.  They were immediately distinctive in form and design.  This piece is highly polished but with not design. It is the shape and angels of the piece and the highly polished surface which make it so striking. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Paul Speckled Rock, 1983”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 275.00
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