FEBRUARY 6, 1952


Son and grandson of noted Santa Clara Pueblo potters Tonita Tafoya & Severa Tafoya, Paul changed his name to Speckled Rock after graduating from high school in 1970. He attended National Electronics Institute, but turned his focus to art in 1972 after marrying noted potter Rosemary “Apple Blossom” Lonewolf. Her father, Joseph Lonewolf, later taught Paul the art of pottery. Paul started out producing small paintings usually featuring pueblo motifs. In 1977, he began making bronze sculptures of Native American warriors in ceremonial dress and also produced his bear fetishes. In 1983, Paul began making pottery, both traditional redware & with unusual shapes. Awards included First place at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial & New Mexico State Fair (both 1984). Exhibitions include: Heard Museum & Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. He owned Merrock Galeria in the Santa Clara Pueblo. Paul died in 2017. His son with Rosemary Lonewolf, Adam Speckled Rock, is an award-winning potter.

  “Speckled Rock, Paul (1952-2017),” King Galleries.  Retrieved 7/12/2022, Paul Speckled Rock - King Galleries - Scottsdale & Santa Fe
“Paul Speckled Rock Tafoya Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery,” Worthpoint.com.  Retrieved 7/12/2022,
Paul Speckled Rock Tafoya Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery | #159981619 (worthpoint.com)
Photo: Kenrossalex, 12/29/2003. Permissive Use. 

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