Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

Author Laban Carrick Hill’s artful, free-flowing narrative describes how Dave,... read more

Author Laban Carrick Hill’s artful, free-flowing narrative describes how Dave, an African American potter who lived in slavery, might have created his famous and beautiful pots in this picture book that illuminates an artist known only by his first name. Dave’s work is identifiable by his signature. He also often wrote short poems on the sides of his pottery. Dave’s words provide a window into what his life was like, and Hill includes supplemental information that discusses and analyzes Dave’s various writings and the few facts that are known about his life. Bryan Collier uses earthy tones in his watercolor and collage illustrations to depict the textures of the clay and Dave’s intense concentration as he throws a pot on the wheel in a volume that provides a captivating look at an incredible nineteenth century artisan. (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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