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Paul Speckled Rock was 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 larger iconic clay bears. He began making them in the early 1980s and they remained one of his most famous forms. The bear is more modernized with a rounded shape. The bear is fully polished and fired red. There is an arrow design etched onto the piece, along with prayer feather designs on the side. The designs are accented with blue clay. The piece has an arrowhead, turquoise, and parrot feathers added to the back. The piece is signed on the inside of the back leg, “Paul Speckled Rock”. It is dated 1987. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.