Annotations for Dave the Potter : Artist, Poet, Slave


Baker & Taylor
Presents the life of the nineteenth-century artist from South Carolina known as Dave, a Southern slave who became a renowned potter known for signing his pots with poetry.

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Baker & Taylor
The National Book Award finalist author of Harlem Stomp! teams up with the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor books Martin's Big Words and Rosa to present the story of the talented 19th-century artist and poet whose creative gifts reflected and empowered his life of slavery.

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Hachette Book Group
To us
it is just dirt,
the ground we walk on...
But to Dave
it was clay,
the plain and basic stuff
upon which he formed a life
as a slave nearly 200 years ago.


Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.


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