The Words and Wares of David Drake

Revisiting I Made This Jar and the Legacy of Edgefield Pottery

Edited by Jill Beute Koverman
and Jane Przybysz

Softcover with flaps
8.5. by 11.00 in.
228 pages

Designed for the University of South Carolina Press
and the McKissick Museum
by Nathan W. Moehlmann,
Goosepen Studio & Press

David Drake, who often signed his work simply as “Dave,” was an enslaved potter who lived and worked in Edgefield District, South Carolina. Despite laws prohibiting enslaved people from learning to read or write, Drake was literate and signed some of his pots. His practice was not only to add his name and a date but also to embellish his work with commentary or verse — a powerful statement of resistance.

The Words and Wares of David Drake collects multifaceted scholarship about David and his craft. Building on the 1998 national traveling exhibit catalog, I Made This Jar: The Life and Works of Enslaved African-American Potter, Dave, and featuring more than one hundred beautiful images and six new essays, this authoritative volume presents the diverse perspectives of scholars, artists, and collectors.