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Etched in Clay

The Life Of Dave, Enslaved Potter And Poet

By Andrea Cheng

Sometime around 1815, an enslaved young man named Dave was brought to Edgefield, South Carolina, the center of a pottery-producing area known for the alkaline glazes used on the stoneware. Dave was taught how to turn pots and jars on a pottery wheel by one of his first owners. As Dave’s talent flourished, he created pieces of great beauty and often massive size. He also somehow learned to read and write, in spite of South Carolina’s strongly-held fear of slave literacy. And then Dave did something even more incredible—he began to sign his jars and carve many of them with sayings and poems that reflected his daily life and experiences. He spoke out against slavery not by protesting or revolting, but by daring to write at all. Andrea Cheng has crafted a biography in verse as beautiful as one of Dave’s jars. In simple, powerful words, including some of Dave’s original writings, we learn his extraordinary story of courage, creative inspiration, and triumph.

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ISBN

9781600604515


Format: Microform
Author: Cheng, Andrea
Summary: "The life of Dave, an enslaved potter who inscribed his works with sayings and poems in spite of South Carolina's slave anti-literacy laws in the years leading up to the Civil War. Includes afterword, author's note, and sources"--Provided by publisher.
Title: Etched in clay : the life of Dave, enslaved potter and poet / Andrea Cheng ; woodcuts by the author.
Publisher Date: New York : Lee & Low Books, c2013.
Subject: Dave, fl. 1834-1864 -- Juvenile literature. African American potters -- Biography -- Juvenile literature. African American poet -- Biography -- Juvenile literature. Slaves -- South Carolina -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Isbn: 9781600604515 160060451X
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 11
System Items Total: 12
Call Number: CB Dave
Oclc: 10427152
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Bib Id: 419028

Format: Microform
Author: Cheng, Andrea
Summary: "The life of Dave, an enslaved potter who inscribed his works with sayings and poems in spite of South Carolina's slave anti-literacy laws in the years leading up to the Civil War. Includes afterword, author's note, and sources"--Provided by publisher.
Title: Etched in clay : the life of Dave, enslaved potter and poet / Andrea Cheng ; woodcuts by the author.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Lee & Low Books, c2013.
Description: xv, 143 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Dave, fl. 1834-1864 -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: African American potters -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: African American poet -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Slaves -- South Carolina -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Notes: Includes bibliographic references (p. 142-143).
LCCN: 2012027280
ISBN: 9781600604515
ISBN: 160060451X
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 11
Total Copies: 12
Call Number: CB Dave