Speckled Rock, Paul – Red Bear with Incised Butterfly Designs (2002)
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 1980s 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 stylized butterfly and dragonfly etched into the back. The lines are all painted with a blue clay slip for accent. The piece is signed on the inside of the back leg, “Paul Speckled Rock”. It is dated from 2002. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.