Elmer Red Starr (Elk) was born into the Sioux Nation in Wisconsin in 1937. He married Harriet Tafoya of Santa Clara Pueblo and moved to her home there. He was inspired by his uncle, Charles Blunt Horn, his nephew Norman Red Star and cousin Swift Bird to learn to make pottery back in the 1970s. They all felt it would be a worthy addition to his wood and stone carving and oil painting pursuits.
He learned to use Santa Clara clays and methods to make his pieces. Then he decorated them sometimes with traditional Sioux sgraffito designs, sometimes with contemporary Santa Clara designs, often with a mix of both.
I first met Red Starr a couple years ago. Very interesting, very down-to-earth man. And while he was well on in years, his work was still simply beautiful.
Norman Red Star is his nephew.
Many collectors are fascinated by Red's work and it's highly sought after. He signs his work: "Red Starr" followed by an arrow and his census number.