Set in twelfth century Korea and brimming in historical detail and authentic information about the ancient potter’s craft, A Single Shard is an engaging adventure with realistic characters that face physical and ethical challenges with integrity and valiant effort.
An orphan named Tree-ear becomes apprenticed to the best potter in his village, and dreams of the day he will be able to make beautiful pottery like Min. However, Min only assigns him boring tasks like hauling clay from the river and filtering it over and over again, and won’t let Tree-ear near the pottery wheel. When the emperor sends his assistant to seek out the best potter in the land, Tree-ear is determined that his teacher’s talent is recognized. Tree-ear undertakes a long, dangerous journey to present Min’s best work to the emperor, but when he is attacked by thieves, will he have anything left to show for his effort?