Each piece of Sioux Pottery is handcrafted by a Lakota Artist, decorated with deigns and symbols important to their culture & signed by the artist who created it.
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Tours available daily to watch some of the amazing artists at work!
About some of the Artists:
Liz ~ Bull Tail is her traditional Lakota name.
Liz was born in Rapid Cty and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud tribe. Liz does a number of jobs around Sioux Pottery. She works in our sanding department, as well as helping out in our gift shop and shipping department. Sanding is the process of removing all the seams and making the greenware smooth after it has been casted and dried. Liz also does some design work and you can find her name on the bottom of our Paha Sapa line (only available at our factory). Each piece of Sioux Pottery is signed on the bottom by either the designer or artist that did the work on it. Liz is the daughter of Jeanne (High Elk) and is the proud mom of two children. When not working or spending time with her kids, Liz enjoys drawing and doing artwork.
Click here to Liz's favorite Sioux Pottery collection.
Jeanne ~ her traditional Lakota name is High Elk.
Jeanne was born at the Cheyenne Agency in 1959. The Cheyenne agency now sits under water but used to be located on Hwy 212 in South Dakota. Jeanne is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. She has been with Sioux Pottery since 1989. While Jeanne has and does many different duties around Sioux Pottery, her main skill is as one of our designers. The design work of our pottery is done by actually etching off the paint that has been banded on the piece. Jeanne uses a variety of tools to do her etching. She takes a vase and using her tools she etches in the symbols on the pottery. While Sioux Pottery uses mainly the symbols found on our "symbols" page, it is truly up to the designer to include whatever symbols or designs they feel fit to include on the piece they are working on. Each piece of our pottery is handmade and is truly special, therefore making it great for Native American home decor, giving it as a unique gift, or as a souvenir of the Black Hills (Paha Sapa). Outside of work, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and sewing. Click here to Jeanne ’s favorite Sioux Pottery collection.
Mary Fasthorse ~
Mary was born on the Pine Ridge reservation and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. Mary has worked at Sioux Pottery off and on since 1994. Mary works in our gift shop and shipping department. If you are ever in the area we hope that you stop by and see us. You can take a self guided tour of the factory, see how our pottery is made and watch the artists and designers while they work. While browsing our gift shop, we hope that you get the pleasant experience of meeting Mary. When Mary is not at work, she has three kids that keep her busy. She also enjoys photography and baking.
Delbert ~ Red Feather is his traditional Lakota name.
Delbert has been at Sioux pottery since 1976 and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud tribe. Banding is his specialty at Sioux Pottery. Sioux Pottery is all handmade Native American artwork and is known for its rainbow look and the blending of 3 colors. Banding is the process of adding and blending these colors on the greenware (pottery that has not been fired). This is all done by hand and Delbert is a craftsman at this process. An interesting fact, is that sometimes Delbert uses bb\'s in the bottom of the vase to weight down and balance the piece as he spins it and bands the colors by hand. Usually about 3 layers of color are added to the vase. Delbert also created The Deer Tracks Line for Sioux Pottery. This line is black, grey and white in color and depicts the importance of the deer to the Lakota people. The Deer Tracks line is only available in a limited number of shapes. One of the things that Delbert enjoys outside of work is bowling. Click here to Delbert ’s favorite Sioux Pottery collection.
Sioux Pottery - Native American Made Pottery since 1958
Sioux Pottery is made from the red clay of the Black Hills, SD, USA ~ sacred to the Lakota Native American People. We also use a fine imported white clay from Kentucky. Each piece of handmade pottery is crafted by our Sioux Indian artists and decorated with designs and symbols important to their Lakota culture. The Paha Sapa (Black Hills) provided shelter, food, and sustenance for the Indian Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation and continues to yield the red clay used in making Sioux Pottery. Sioux Pottery is designed and handcrafted by Sioux Indian artists at our establishment in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is gateway to the beautiful Black HIlls area and less than an hours drive from the scenic and historic South Dakota Badlands.
The triangular symbols were used by the Seven Indian Tribes of the Lakota to depict the nature surrounding them, their dealings and important events. These symbols dominated the intricate designs of their bead work, and decorated their skin garments, weapons, utensils, and pottery. Sioux symbols alone, or in combination, express the spirit and culture of the Lakota American people. Sioux artists have skillfully adapted these symbols into the unique decorative designs of Sioux Pottery. The importance of the buffalo (Tatonka) to the Sioux Indians cannot be overstated. From spoons to tipis, the buffalo provided virtually everthing needed for their existence. Every part of the buffalo no used for food was put to good use (including the bones, hoofs, horns, hides, and innards.) Even the dung was saved and used as fuel. standing six feet tall and weighing up to 2,000 lbs, the buffalo was worshipped as a sacred animal ~ its spirit praised before every hunt.
We invite you to visit our factory, meet the artists and see how Sioux Pottery is made. Visitors are always welcome! You can walk through our factory and see the process from start to finish. While you are there, check out our gift shop. We have a great selection of wedding vases, urns, lamps, wine chillers, mugs, and many other items to choose from. Our indian pottery is great for Native American decor and is also excellent for gift giving. We have many pieces on display, including our Sioux Pottery Collectibles. We also have a good selection of craft items done by local Sioux indian artists, including dream catchers, artwork, keychains, and many jewelry items.