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Dave the Potter, an innovative American artist born into slavery: Pot Signed by Dave the Potter 1854. David Drake [1800-1874] was an influential African-American ceramic artist, born into slavery under the pottery-making families of Edgefield, South Carolina. Also known as Dave the Potter, Dave Pottery, Dave the Slave or Dave of the Hive, he is known to have had several different owners during his lifetime, all connected to ceramic business brothers Rev. John & Dr. Abner Landrum.

Dave the Potter, An Innovative American Artist Born Into Slavery

Dave the Potter, an innovative American artist born into slavery: Pot Signed by Dave the Potter 1854

Stoneware Storage Jug Stoneware storage jug; possibly Smith Pottery, Greenville County, South Carolina

Their light weight and lovely designs only increase the decadence of an official meal. Comes in a number of lovely colours, and other sizes are available, too

Mud Sweat and Tears "LM II March 18 - 1863 Dave."

Mud Sweat and Tears "LM II March 18 - 1863 Dave."

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: Dave the Slave Pottery and Poetry,,,Edgefield County, SC.  His work is unique in that he had the strength and skill to turn very large pieces upwards of 40 gal and that he, a slave, could read and write.  Often penned verse directly onto his work.  Rare to find signed pieces.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: Dave the Slave Pottery and Poetry,,,Edgefield County, SC. His work is unique in that he had the strength and skill to turn very large pieces upwards of 40 gal and that he, a slave, could read and write. Often penned verse directly onto his work. Rare to find signed pieces.

Vintage Stoneware Beehive Crock Brown Whiskey Moonshine Salt Glaze Jug

Vintage Stoneware Beehive Crock Brown Whiskey Moonshine Salt Glaze Jug

Southern, possibly Georgia, salt glaze stoneware pottery jug with incised "2" on the upper shoulder near the handle denoting gallon capacity. 11 1/4" H. Late 19th century. 2nd item: Southern stoneware inkwell, most likely Middle TN, beehive form. 3 1/2" H. Late 19th/Early 20th century.

Southern, possibly Georgia, salt glaze stoneware pottery jug with incised on the upper shoulder near the handle denoting gallon capacity. item: Southern stoneware inkwell, most likely Middle TN, beehive form.

Extremely Rare and Important

Extremely Rare and Important "Dave / Jan 13 - 1862 / Lm" Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar -- Lot 74 -- July 2016 Stoneware Auction

Attrib. Dave the Slave, Edgefield, SC Three-Gallon Stoneware ...

Dave the Slave, Edgefield, SC Three-Gallon Stoneware Pottery Jar -- Lot 232 -- December 2011 Antiques Auction

Edgefield District Pottery: Origins of Southern Stoneware

The Augusta Chronicle reported on 19 February "Edgefield District jugs, jars are becoming prized pottery" -- Cool to the touch and s.

Rhodes factory stoneware jug circa 1850two gallon form with olive glaze, decorated with flower motif with numeral 2 in center in two colors, iron brown and kaolin white.

Rhodes factory stoneware jug circa 1850 two gallon form with olive glaze, decorated with flower motif with numeral 2 in center in two colors, iron brown and kaolin white.

Rare and important Edgefield SC 'Dave' alkaline-glazed stoneware storage jar, Edgefield District, SCcirca 1840five-gallon ovoid jar with ear-shaped handles and rolled rim; inscribed on one side: Mr Miles Dave; opposite side inscribed: February 7th 1840/L. Miles; inscription flanked by five dots indicating capacity of jar, and double slash marks.

Rare and important Edgefield SC 'Dave' alkaline-glazed stoneware storage jar, Edgefield District, SC, ovoid jar with ear-shaped handles and rolled rim.

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