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 factory in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is gateway to the beautiful Black Hills area and less than an hour's 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 Native American people. Sioux Artists have skillfully adapted these symbols in 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 everything needed for their existence. Every part of the buffalo not used for food was put to good use; 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 pounds, 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. Don't forget you can also order online here at our website. Our factory is located at 1441 E. St Joseph St., Rapid City, SD. Call us at 800-657-4366 to check factory hours.