Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated–until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labour of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself–even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard. (goodreads.com).
What I enjoyed most about this book was learning about the laborous process of celadon pottery making. The careful selection and gathering of the grey-brown clay, intricate detailed incisions and finally firing of the vessel that would later transform into a delicate green glaze.
I thought I would share with you the magnificent craft of twelfth century Korean Celadon pottery.
Every page was an absolute pleasure to read! Suitable for all ages.
About the author: Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children’s fiction. She has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. She received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.