Renowned local artist Estelle Starr died March 3, 2023 at her studio in Tucson, Ariz. She was 67 years old.
An innovative creator, Starr was known for her ability to meld ancient techniques with modern presentations. Her pottery has been displayed at MoMA in New York City along with many other prestigious galleries. In 2002, she became the first artist to receive the National Excellent in Pottery and Ceramics Award two years in a row.
Starr was born August 6, 1956 in Yuma, Ariz. As a child, she was inspired by the natural beauty of Arizona as well as the pottery of indigenous peoples. A natural talent, her portfolio helped her gain admission to the prestigious Institute of Pottery and Ceramic Arts in Taos, New Mexico.
She gave back to the artistic community by teaching pottery classes for children and adults at her studio in Tucson, and was also an adjunct professor at University of Arizona. Bear down! She also served on the board of the Pima Tucson Arts Council.
Starr is survived by her wife of 15 years, Grace Perez.
In lieu of services, a reception and showing of Estelle Starr’s work will be held May 3 at Tucson Pottery Gallery. There will be an opportunity to share memories of Estelle and how her art has affected you. Donations will be accepted to the Tucson Children’s Art Fund.
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