Tucked away in a storefront space in the small Southern Arkansas town of Dumas, Miller’s Mud Mill quietly produces some of the most sought-after hand-made pottery in the South.
“My pottery seems to be on every brides wish list these days,” says owner and artisan, Gail Miller. “I love to think of all these newlyweds setting the table with an assortment of my pieces.”
What Miller started as a hobby 30 years ago quickly turned into a full-blown passion, as she developed hand-thrown pottery with innovative glazes, distinctive shapes and diverse colors. Her namesake items now include free-form platters and bowls, custom dinnerware, complete place settings, unique vases and other accessories. Each piece is a work of art, made in her downtown Dumas studio – a must see destination for travelers through the region.
Miller’s three sons, three daughters in-law and eight grandchildren are regulars at the Mud Mill, and all but the youngest grandkids are adept at creating pottery. Those family connections and her love of the Delta region have inspired Miller to keep her thriving business in town where it began. “The Delta suits us,” she says. “It’s laid back and friendly and it’s our home.”