Pamela Louis

Pamela Louis has had a passion for making one-of-a-kind, handmade pottery for over three decades. Leaving Warm Springs as a teenager over 4o years ago, she pursued many of her dreams, including learning the art of pottery making as a fine arts student at Georgia State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the California College of Art (where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts); living on the Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida; and living and working in many cities around the United States. Her artistic talents and skills cover many mediums, including ceramics, painting, sculpture, and jewelry.

In 2013, Pamela returned to Warm Springs to reacquaint herself with her hometown, care for senior family members, and start a business producing pottery and ceramic sculptural vessels. “Starting a ceramics business,” she said, “satisfies my life-long passion for creating art that is both personal to me and meaningful to those who love having it in their homes.” Pamela opened her first small business IDA account in September 2013, and made her first IDA asset purchases for her business in March 2014. Since then, she has saved in and graduated from two additional IDAs, completing the most recent one in May 2018.

Over the last five years, Pamela has developed a strong business plan and purchased significant capital assets using her IDA savings, including carving tools, hundreds of pounds of clay, studio space rental, kiln usage, a business phone, Square cell phone/credit card charging technology, a business vehicle, and many other assets. She has supported herself through the sale of many types of ceramics, including sgrafitto sculpture, ceramic bowls, cups, pitchers, cookie jars, and other items. She is a charter member of Tananáwit (, and has displayed her work at fine art galleries and has sold at events around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. “I am happy about the progress I’ve made since returning home, and am excited to take my business to the next level.”