Dave the Potter is a book by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier about a man called “Dave the Potter” or “David Drake”. He was an artist, potter, poet and an enslaved African that lived in the 1800’s in South Carolina. This remarkable book uses simple poetry, a tribute to Dave’s own inscriptions, and beautiful earth toned illustrations to tell Dave’s story and the process Dave used to create his historic pottery. Also included are pictures of some of David’s actual pottery that is now on display in various museums. In addition, it includes other resources where you can learn more about this talented yet mysterious potter named Dave.
In 2011, the artwork that Bryan Collier’s created for this book won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator’s Award. The Coretta Scott King Literary Award is given to the children’s book that has the most distinguished portrayal of the African-American experience for children.
Bryan Collier’s Award Winning Illustrations
The video below features the illustrator of “Dave the Potter” at The House of Art in Brooklyn, NY talking about the book and displaying some of the artwork featured in the book.
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