The Magazine Antiques highlights the New-York Historical exhibition Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw in a five page spread in their January/February 2023 edition. The article "Clay, Commerce, and a Free man of Color" by Mark Shapiro begins on page 130.
Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw is the first exhibition to bring overdue attention to a skilled craftsman whose racial identity was long overlooked. Born enslaved, Commeraw rose to prominence as a free Black entrepreneur, owning and operating a successful pottery. Over a period of two decades, Commeraw amassed property, engaged in debates over state and national politics, and participated in the life of New York City’s free Black community. The exhibition explores Commeraw’s multi-faceted history—as a craftsman, business owner, family man, and citizen.