Students in the classroom learned about slavery in American history. In the art classroom, we looked at David Drake, African American Potter, from South Carolina approximately 1800-1870. His work is highly collectible for its size, beauty, and poetic inscriptions during a time when it was illegal for a slave to read and write. Today his pots sell for over a million dollars at auction. Our art project was inspired by the picture book, Dave the Potter, by Laban Carrick Hill, and the life story of David Drake. Students in a 2/3 classroom learned to make coil pots and added words pressed into the clay using pasta letters to leave their mark as Dave did in his clay over 100 years ago.
Supporting Documents: Dave the Potter