Dave the Potter

Beginning Friday, August 1, 2014, the Georgia Heritage Room of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library will present an exhibit featuring an alkaline-glazed stoneware vessel crafted by enslaved master potter, David Drake. Unearthed in 2006 by Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, the discovery of the jar prompted Archaeologist, George Wingard of SRARP, and Filmmaker, Mark Alberton of Scrapbook Video Productions to create a documentary exploring the little-known life of the enslaved African-American potter from Edgefield District, South Carolina. Also included in the exhibit is a replica jar made specifically for the documentary, “Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay”; materials detailing the history of David Drake’s life, assorted photos, and a selection of materials highlighting the making of the film. Also on hand will be copies of the documentary for viewing. The exhibit will run throughout the month of August, and is the only time the original “Dave pot” will be on display for an extended period of time. So please stop by the Georgia Heritage Room on the third floor of the library, Monday – Friday, 9:00 to 5:00; Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00, to see this wonderful find.

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