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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (edition 2010)

by Laban Carrick Hill, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Title:Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Authors:Laban Carrick Hill
Other authors:Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2010), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Poetry book, Picture Book
Rating:****
Tags:poetry, slavery, artist, biography, pottery

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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

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A poetry/picture book about the history of Dave the Potter.
  pcanoy | Jun 11, 2017 |
Dave the Potter follows the artistic processes of Dave, a slave who actually existed in the 1800s. The story focuses on Dave's ceramic creations and his passion for creativity and art, as opposed to his historical life. The illustrations that accompany the text are realistic and beautiful, capturing some of the emotions of that time period. At the end a few pages about Dave's place in history are included, which helps further understanding.
  robynbelmont | Mar 18, 2017 |
The illustration is superb in this book! it captures the raw emotion of a talented artist. The illustration is realistic and carries a special naturalistic feel which connects the reader to the clay that Dave views so integral to life. Dave is viewed as a very influential man.
  AshleyTimonen | Feb 23, 2017 |
I have to give credit where credit is due, the images in this particular book are now in my top three favorite of picture books that I've read. Because talking someone through making pottery without seeing it is very difficult, having detailed images were particularly important. The images look almost four dimensional. I can only take a guess at the medium for these beautiful pictures, oil. In one particular picture, there are smaller images of people on the tree in the background. It was a collage of photos, paper mache-esk. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Feb 9, 2017 |
This book is a descriptive portrayal of Dave the Potter and the time he spends in his studio. Although the book describes his process of creating a pot, the story itself does not explain anything about Dave’s background. The last two pages of the book attribute this lack of information to the lack of records from Dave himself. All that researchers have to go on is his artwork and the short poems that he inscribed on each piece.
  carleyaflores | Dec 12, 2016 |
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For Lorrie Smith and Jennifer Hunt, both of whom made this book possible. --L.C.H.
I dedicate this book to all artists, and everyone who loves picture books. Because this story is really about the power of the human spirit, artistry, and truth, and that cannot be silenced by bondage of any kind. --B.C.
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To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on.
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This book tells the story of Dave's life work; he was an artistic who made potter and wrote poetry in the 19th century.  His pottery represents Dave's perseverance through the struggle of slavery.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031610731X, Hardcover)

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.

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Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.

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