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The Edgefield potteries, or Edgefield District, was the name of an area of pottery production located in
Edgefield, Aiken and Greenwood counties and near the town of Edgefield, in west-central South Carolina.
Edgefield is known as the "crossroads of clay": the potters there blended English, European continental,
African and Native American pottery traditions with Chinese slips, glazes and kilns to produce original,
durable and nontoxic alternatives to lead-glazed ceramic vessels.
In its heyday in the mid-19th century, Edgefield was a collection of industrial workshops which sprang from
the stoneware manufacturing brothers Abner and John Landrum. The Landrums came from a long line of
potters: their father Samuel was associated with potters in North Carolina before he settled in Edgefield
District in the late 1700s.
Dave Drake
E d g e f i e l d   P o t t e r y
One of the many jars created by Dave. This one is inscribed with "Lm may 3rd
1862 / Dave"
1801-c. 1870s) was an American potter who lived
in Edgefield, South Carolina and produced over
100 alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs from the
1820s to the 1860s. An enslaved African
American, he often signed his works "Dave."

Dave was born around 1801 on a plantation in
South Carolina, and continued to work there until
the emancipation.[4] Afterward, he adopted the
surname "Drake." Historians believe this is after
Harry Drake, his master until 1832, who is
presumed to have taught him to be a potter.

Jars between 5 and 10 gallons are the most
common examples found - larger jars up to 40
gallons are rare also Jugs are uncommon but
found.  

1 - signed initials LM for Lewis Miles
2 - signed in script DAVE with a date
3 - signed in script Dave with a date and a
2 line poem verse in script