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Posted 7 years ago


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This vase was purchased by my mom about 40 years ago. We have had it since she passed away in 1998 and would really like to identify the artist, tribe and location.

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  1. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 7 years ago
    It is a piece of Sioux Pottery --

    Here's a bowl with the same signature that sold for $12.50 -- the letters SP RC SC stand for Sioux Pottery Rapid City South Dakota -- (lot 6 on this page:

    I'd watch ebay for comparable pieces to determine value --
  2. jimboflem, 7 years ago
    To MsDowAntiques; Thank you for your prompt response. We have always enjoyed the vase buy knew little about it. I have asked Sioux Pottery for more information about the artist, Irene. Jim
  3. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 7 years ago
    Jim -- Glad to help! --M.
  4. Woman34 Woman34, 7 years ago
    You helped me too, because I picked up a piece very similar to this but in different colors from a thrift store. It's in the closet somewhere, I knew it was Native American, I just didn't know which particular tribe. So thanks too:)
  5. jimboflem, 7 years ago
    I have contacted Sioux Pottery in Rapid City South Dakota and sent the pictures. They identified the artist as Irene Cavender who had worked at SP in the 1970's but had since moved to Kansas to be with her family. They appear to use two main colors of clay. The light brown clay is from their area in SD and the white clay is imported from Kentucky. Sioux Pottery has a nice web site with lots of attractive pottery for sale at reasonable prices. Later, Jim
  6. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 7 years ago
    I am glad you posted your update -- as Paul Harvey used to say, "And now you know the rest of the story."
    (For those who don't remember Paul Harvey's radio show:,8599,1882444,00.html)
  7. Bill Nighthawk, 6 years ago
    This peice is what my people call Black Hills Pottery. It was clearly made by an artist Irene from Rapid City, South Dakota. I have an extensive Black Hills Pottery collection and am an artist myself. Your artist search begins in Rapid City, SD

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