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by | May 12, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

The Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, Colleton County Arts Council, Colleton County Memorial Library, and the South Carolina Artisans Center have joined forces to host a day of “Celebrating Dave the Potter.”
The programs celebrating the famed slave potter will be held on May 14 at a variety of locations in Walterboro.
Colleton Museum and Farmers Market Director Gary Brightwell said the South Carolina Arts Commission conducted a meeting at the museum to discuss collaborations among arts organizations.
When they began thinking about a subject for collaborations, she added, “We thought of the Dave pot.” The museum has one of the famous pots, and “it is absolutely one of our favorite pieces,” she said.
From there, the plans came together.
The event is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennet Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of S.C.
At 10 a.m. on May 14, “The Story of Dave the Slave Potter” will be told at the Colleton County Memorial Library.
Free and open to the public, the story will be told by Darion McCloud of Columbia for young and old.
McCloud, star of the film “Dave the Potter” and model for the children’s book “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave,” is an actor, director, storyteller, educator, arts activist and children’s literature advocate.
The founder and creative director of the NIA Theatre Company and Story Squad, he has committed his life to the “transforming power of art.”
Copies of the book are available for sale at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market’s “MarketPlace” gift shop.
The South Carolina Artisans Center and Colleton County Arts Council host “Create Your Own Dave Pot” on May 14 at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the South Carolina Artisans Center.
Led by local potter Erik Lindstrom, participants are invited to join in and make their own small version of one of Dave’s pots. Reservations at the adults-only event will be required because space will be limited. Call 843-549-0011.
The program closes with a free viewing of “Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay,” May 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market.
Since its premiere in 2013, the documentary “Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay” has been shown at film festivals, museums and libraries across the nation.
The film tells the story of the illiterate slave potter named Dave Drake and is produced by Mark Albertin of Scrapbook Video Production and George Wingard of the Savannah River Archeological Research Program.
The famed slave etched his poetry and name on many of his pots and his alkaline-glazed stoneware pottery.
The Colleton Museum will have its Dave pot, donated by the Harrison family of Colleton County, on display.

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  1. Comment by Sherry Cawley

    May 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Did you know that Dave was voted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame this year? Each year the Executive Council of the Confederation of South Carolina Historical Societies recommends 10 names each in the living and deceased categories for the SC Hall of Fame (which is featured at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center) Board of Directors. The 2016 winner in the living category was Joe Riley, former mayor of Charleston, and the winner in the deceased category was Dave the Potter who was from the North Augusta area. Brenda Baratto, current President of the Executive Council and Executive Director for the Aiken County Historical Museum was responsible for nominating Dave the Potter and Virginia Zemp, Director of Development, South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston nominated Joe Riley. I have been the representative for District X (which includes Colleton, Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties) on the Executive Council for the past seven years. If you know of someone living or deceased from one of these counties and deserving of consideration for the SC Hall of Fame, please contact me.

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