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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Illustrator Bryan Collier

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier is a Caldecott honoree published in 2010.
I had the honor of meeting Bryan Collier at the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Institute 2012 in Indianapolis, IN.  He spoke about Dave, the Potter and the research he does for his books.
He traveled to Edgeville, SC - Pottersville, to study Dave's history.
Collier shared many facts about Dave's life, the hardships of the times, as well as his outstanding craftsmanship.

Dave would sometimes sign his name on his pottery and sometimes he would write a few simple, but poignant lines of poetry. The book also includes a few pages of history about Dave, author and illustrator's notes, and a bibliography.
The illustrations for this book were done in watercolor/collage on 400lb Arches watercolor paper.

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