The factory began as a hobby for Mildred Arhlin. She made small figurines in a building previously used as a service station (believed to be a Sinclair station).
One brutally hot summer day, she noticed a group of Native Americans walking down the road outside her shop window. Mildred invited them in to have water. While speaking with them, she learned that they were in Rapid City looking for jobs but couldn't find any and were walking back to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Mildred provided them with food and water and found them a ride back to Pine Ridge. But then she decided to do more. She decided to provide work opportunities for Native Americans encouraging them to share their culture and history through the artwork on pottery. The idea was successful and two additional buildings were added to the structure to add to the growing demand for the Native American made Sioux Pottery.
Today, over 50 years later, Sioux Pottery still operates under the very principle which it began. The Native Americans artists used this as an outlet to interpret their culture using pottery as an art form. Sioux Pottery has approximately is sold nationwide and internationally. We are a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association which monitors the marketing of true Native American made products.
We also feature the crafts of local artisans: Paha Ska, Long Soldier, Alan Monroe, Sam Two Bulls, Lori Ann Two Bulls, and Lydia Galligo.
If in the area, please stop by and visit with us. You are welcome to take a self guided tour through the factory and see how Sioux Pottery is made. If you have a larger group, you can call to schedule a group tour.