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April 21, 1858

From Audio: Katherine Hughes | David Drake and Edgefield Stoneware in Polk's America

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Polk's America
Duration: 03:51
Katherine Hughes imagines a day in the life at the Edgefield Stoneware Pottery where David Drake, a.k.a. Dave the Potter, created his massive works and inscribed them with poetry.
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Katherine Hughes imagines a day in the life at the Edgefield Stoneware Pottery where David Drake, a.k.a. Dave the Potter, created his massive works and inscribed them with poetry.
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bear with me for a moment, but I'd like for us to try and picture the pottery production, as it was in the 18 fifties. Let's say April 21st, 18 58 it was a Wednesday. There's activity going on all over the property because a kiln firing is going to take place soon. The brick kiln has to be constructed, and it is going to be at least 80 ft in length. When it is ready to be fired, someone is going to be made crawl into that long, dark space, cramped and unable to stand to place the pots that air ready for firing. But before that happens, the clay for the pottery is being dug and transported. And then the clay actually has to be ground with the use of a pug mill, probably with a mule that's being led in a circle thin. The glazes for the finished pots have to be prepared and the throwing of the actual pots and then glazing them and then stacking the finished wear in the kill mom. Cutting the timber for fuel, stoking the kiln during the firings and then still to come is the unloading of the kiln once the firing is complete and carrying the wares to town for sale. But on this day in 18 58 there is a man of African descent born in South Carolina at the turn of the last century, around 1800 now he's just shy of 60 years old. He has a wooden stump in place of a leg he lost when he was a young man, but he is still very strong, and that's partly because he has this incredible skill as a master stoneware potter. It could be very hot in South Carolina, even in April. Yet he's still able to take the's huge hunks of heavy, damp clay and throw them on a potter's wheel, shaping them into storage jars that could hold 25 or 30 gallons of beef or pork or lard. This enslaved man spends April 21st, 18 58 throwing pots on a wheel, working up the damp clay with his skilled hands, creating jars, jugs, churns, maybe a few bowls. His whole day is spent bent over the potter's wheel. He works at his hands, working the clay, creating functional ceramic objects that will be fired in the kiln and then packed onto a train traveling the South Carolina railroad to be sold to merchants, planters and people all over the state to be used in their kitchens and pantries and smoke houses. But on this Wednesday, when he finishes his work for the day, this man goes over to the shelves, where his work of the past few days is drying and waiting for the kiln firing and with a sharpened stylus. Perhaps he goes over to one of the storage jars, a larger one. And he writes, This jar is to Mr Siegler, who keeps the bar in Orangeburg for Mr Edwards, a gentleman who formerly kept Mr Thomas Bacon's horses. And below that he dates it April 21 18 58. And then on the opposite side, he writes, fill this jar with pork or beef. Scott will be there to get a piece spelled P E A C E. And underneath that, he writes his name. Dave
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