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Carolina Clay

The Life And Legend Of The Slave Potter Dave

By Leonard Todd

The compelling story of a slave, owned by the author's ancestors, who became one of the singular artists of the nineteenth century.

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. 8 pages of color; 31 black & white

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9780393058567


Format: Book
Author: Todd, Leonard
Title: Carolina clay : the life and legend of the slave potter Dave / Leonard Todd.
Publisher Date: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.
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. Slavery -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- History -- 19th century. Edgefield (S.C.) -- Biography.
Isbn: 9780393058567 (hardcover) 0393058565 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 5
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: B Dave
Oclc: 227016138
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Bib Id: 303819

Format: Book
Author: Todd, Leonard
Title: Carolina clay : the life and legend of the slave potter Dave / Leonard Todd.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.
Description: 317 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Dave, active 1834-1864
Subjects: African American potters -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- Biography.
Subjects: Slaves -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- Biography.
Subjects: Potters -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- Biography.
Subjects: African American artists -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- Biography.
Subjects: African American poets -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- Biography.
Subjects: African American pottery -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Stoneware -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Slavery -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Edgefield (S.C.) -- Biography.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-294) and index.
LCCN: 2008024004
ISBN: 9780393058567 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0393058565 (hardcover)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 5
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: B Dave