Dave the Potter

Dave the Potter Cover

Dave the Potter

Artist, Poet, Slave

By Laban Carrick Hill; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316107310, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2010


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.

About the Author
Laban Carrick Hill is the author of "America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60s", "Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance", which was a National Book Award finalist, and "Dave the Potter", a Caldecott Honor book, illustrated by Bryan Collier. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Bryan Collier is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Orchard. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Asbury Theological Seminary. He hails from Etta, Mississippi and has been married to Wendy for over fifteen years. He is Olivia and Houston's Dad and in his spare time Bryan likes to read, ride bikes and attend Mississippi State sporting events. He lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.