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Etched In Clay: the life of Dave, enslaved potter and poet
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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
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