Black jar with sgraffito avanyu, feather, bird, warrior and geometric design plus inlaid stones and band of heishe beads
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Red Starr, Non-Pueblo, Black jar with sgraffito avanyu, feather, bird, warrior and geometric design plus inlaid stones and band of heishe beads
Artist: Red Starr
Pueblo: Non-Pueblo
Dimensions: 8 1/2 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Item Number: wsmmd9250
Price: $ 1450
Description: Black jar with sgraffito avanyu, feather, bird, warrior and geometric design plus inlaid stones and band of heishe beads
Condition: Excellent
Signature: Red Starr Sioux with arrow hallmark
Date Created: 1983
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Red Starr

Non-Pueblo
Black jar with sgraffito design and inlaid turquoise
 

Red Starr, (Elk), was born into the Sioux Nation in Wisconsin in 1937. He is associated with Santa Clara Pueblo since he married Harriet Tafoya and, following Pueblo tradition, moved to her home. Introduced to traditional pottery making after he came to New Mexico, he was inspired by Charles Blunt Horn (uncle), Norman Red Star (nephew), and Swift Bird (cousin) to begin making pottery in the 1970’s as a worthy addition to his wood/stone carving and oil painting pursuits.

Red specializes in hand etching, also known as sgraffito, on highly polished black pots. The process begins with a hand-coiled red clay pot. A slip coat is applied and polished with a stone. Then when it's dry, the pot is completed by firing on the ground. The reduction method of pot firing is employed to turn the clay black: manure is traditionally used to create a hot intense fire that when smothered (covered with ashes) quickly burns all the oxygen out of the air and causes a chemical reaction that turns the pot black. Once the pot has cooled, the sgraffito work can begin.

Sgraffito is a form of etching that is achieved by scratching a design into the surface of a pot. The designs Red uses are representative of the Great Plains Native American medicine animal beliefs. For example, the buffalo represents abundance and the bear expresses intuitive nature. Details such as feathers, bear paws and various other elements are etched into the surface and accented with faux-turquoise stones inset after all else is done.

Red's work fascinates and is sought after by many collectors. He signs his work: "Red Starr" followed by an arrow and his census number.


 

Pasqualita Tani Gutierrez Family Tree

Disclaimer: This "family tree" is a best effort on our part to determine who the potters are in this family and arrange them in a generational order. The general information available is questionable so we have tried to show each of these diagrams to living members of each family to get their input and approval, too. This diagram is subject to change should we get better info.


  • Pasqualita Tani Gutierrez & Severiano Tafoya
    Their descendants who became potters:
    • Petra Montoya (Pojoaque)(1905-) & Juan Isidro Gutierrez (Santa Clara, 1901-1977)
      Their descendants who became potters:
      • Gloria Goldenrod Garcia & John Garcia
        Their descendant who became a potter:
        • Jason Okuu Pin Garcia
      • Desiderio "Star" Gutierrez & Genevieve Tafoya
        Their descendants who became potters:
        • Debra Duwyenie & Preston Duwyenie (Hopi)
      • Lois Gutierrez (b. 1948) & Derek de la Cruz
        Their descendant who became a potter:
        • Juan de la Cruz
      • Thelma (b. 1942) & Joe (b. 1943) Talachy (Pojoaque)
      • Maria Minnie Vigil (b. 1931)
        Her descendant who became a potter:
        • Annette Vigil
    • Tomacita Gutierrez Tafoya (1896-1977) & Cruz Tafoya (1889-1938)
      Their descendants who became potters:
      • Cresencia Tafoya (1918-1999)
        Her descendants who became potters:
        • Annie Baca (b. 1941)
        • Pauline Martinez (b. 1950) & George Martinez (San Ildefonso) (b. 1943)
        • Harriet Tafoya (b. 1949) & Elmer Red Starr (Sioux) (1937-2018)
          Their descendants who became potters:
          • Ivan Red Starr (1969-1991)
          • Norman Red Star (nephew) (b. 1955)


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