Dave the Potter, byname of David Drake, also called Dave the Slave, (born c. 1800, probably United States--died 1870s, Edgefield, South Carolina?), American potter and poet who, while a slave in South Carolina, produced enormous stoneware pots, many of which he signed with his first name and inscribed with original poetic verses.Definitive information about Dave's life is scarce. In 1919 a pot bearing his name and an inscription was donated to the Charleston Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. The donation triggered research into the potter's identity. Since then, much of his biography..