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Carolina clay : the life and legend of the slave potter Dave

Todd, Leonard. (Author).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Jennings Co PL - North Vernon BIO DAVE (Text) 30653001334655 Adult Biographies Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette 921 DAVE (Text) 31951003305619 2nd Floor - Non-Fiction Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial B DAVE TODD (Text) 33946002195027 Biographies . End of Nonfiction section . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780393058567 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0393058565 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: print
    317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2008]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [291]-294) and index.
Subject: Dave active 1834-1864
African American potters South Carolina Edgefield Biography
Slaves South Carolina Edgefield Biography
Potters South Carolina Edgefield Biography
African American artists South Carolina Edgefield Biography
African American poets South Carolina Edgefield Biography
African American pottery South Carolina Edgefield History 19th century
Stoneware South Carolina Edgefield History 19th century
Edgefield (S.C.) Biography
Slavery South Carolina Edgefield History 19th century
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  • Baker & Taylor
    Traces the story of a slave known only as Dave, formerly owned by the author's ancestors, who became a singular pottery artist of the nineteenth century, in an account that describes Dave's bold decision to reveal his literacy by signing and inscribing poetry on many of his works. 17,000 first printing.
  • Baker & Taylor
    Traces the story of a slave known only as Dave, a singular pottery artist of the nineteenth century, in an account that describes Dave's bold decision to reveal his literacy by signing and inscribing poetry on many of his works.
  • Blackwell North Amer
    He is known today, as he was then, only as Dave. His jugs and storage jars were everyday items, but because of their beauty and sometimes massive size they are now highly sought after by collectors. Born about 1801, Dave was taught to turn pots in Edgefield, South Carolina, the center of alkaline-glazed pottery production. He also learned to read and write, in spite of South Carolina's long-standing fear of slave literacy. Even when the state made it a crime to teach a slave to write, Dave signed his pots and inscribed many of them with poems. Though his verses spoke simply of his daily experience, they were nevertheless powerful statements. He countered the slavery system not by writing words of protest but by daring to write at all. We know of no other slave artist who put his name on his work.
    When Leonard Todd discovered that his family had owned Dave, he moved from Manhattan to Edgefield, where his ancestors had established the first potteries in the area. Todd studied each of Dave's poems for biographical clues, which he pieced together with local records and family letters to create this moving and dramatic chronicle of Dave's life - a story of creative triumph in the midst of oppression. Many of Dave's astounding jars are found now in America's finest museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Charleston Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
  • Norton Pub
    He is known today, as he was then, only as Dave. His pots and storage jars were everyday items, but because of their beauty and massive size, and because Dave signed and inscribed many with poems, they now fetch six figures at auction. We know of no other slave artist who dared to put his name on his work, a dangerous advertisement of literacy.Fascinated by the man and by this troubling family history, Leonard Todd moved from Manhattan to Edgefield, South Carolina, where his ancestors had established a thriving pottery industry in the early 1800s. Todd studied each of Dave's poems for biographical clues, which he pieced together with local records and family letters to create this moving and dramatic chronicle of Dave's life—a story of creative triumph in the midst of slavery. Many of Dave's astounding jars are found now in America's finest museums.
  • Norton Pub
    The compelling story of a slave, owned by the author's ancestors, who became one of the singular artists of the nineteenth century.
  • WW Norton
    The compelling story of a slave, owned by the author's ancestors, who became one of the singular artists of the nineteenth century.
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