Today we celebrate David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter and Dave the Slave, (c. 1801 – c. 1870s) an enslaved African American, who lived in South Carolina where he produced over 100 alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs between the 1820s and the 1860s. He is recognized as the first enslaved potter to inscribe his work, when most slaves were illiterate, due to laws that forbid them from learning. Drake inscribed his work with poetry he composed, often using rhyming couplets, and which he often signed just as "Dave".
This wonderful work still inspires us today, and is a testament to the skill, dedication and determination of Dave the Potter. ○