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updated thu 25 may 06


Mike Gordon on wed 24 may 06

A friend of mine sent me this article from the "Roadshow Insider",
concerning pottery from South Carolina's Edgefield District..
Specifically, jugs, pitchers, jars and churns, made by " Dave the
slave" . he wasan American- born son of slave parents, around 1800 and
began his pottery career about 1827. He often wrote 2 or 4 line poems
on the sides and signed them Dave. In 2004 at the Charlton Hall
Auctions one of his signed and dated jars sold for $155,250.More can be
learned about this potter by searching Google "Dave the Slave" or and The decline of
handmade utilitarian pottery in the Carolina's was directly linked to
the 1858 invention of the Mason screw - top jar. ( I have paraphrased a
two page article as best I could to bring this great story to you all )
Mike Gordon