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.
This extraordinary life deserves wide attention. And, fittingly for a book about an artist, Dave the Potter is beautifully designed and illustrated…[Collier's] work is bold and textured, like Dave's, vividly capturing the earthiness of the potter's craft and the verdant South Carolina landscape outside Dave's workshop. With beautiful economy, Collier also evokes the broader world of slavery by including background glimpses of teetering shanties, rows of cotton, stooped field hands and the corner of a columned mansion.