Artist Abby Quam began carving around 1981. Her husband Clayton Panteah, a great jeweler, does the inlay work, such as the turquoise eyes and heartline seen in this approximate 2 1/2" long, 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" tall variscite Bear
. They descend from the greater Hustito and Lowsayatee family of Zuni artists. The dendritic features of this variscite stone are lovely. Variscite is a mineral in the turquoise family.