Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA Princeton instructor tells of the two years she spent apprenticed to a potter in the traditional, ritualistic Japanese town of Miyama. ``Although the technical descriptions of the potter's craft may cause readers' attention to wander,'' Philip's prose is generally ``crisp'' and she creates an ``affectionate appreciation'' of a singular society, remarked PW . Illustrated. (Feb.)
Library Journal - Library JournalIn this enchanting book, Philip recounts her trip in 1983 to Miyama, at the southern tip of the islands of Japan, where she studied with a master potter. Although she was already a potter and fluent in Japanese, her two-year stay required constant adjustment to a totally different culture, described here with sensitivity and clarity. Apprentice, woman, and foreigner, she was at times put in a subordinate position, at other times free to do what a Japanese woman could not, such as participate in rice planting and harvesting (to the amusement of the Japanese). The reader will learn much about potting, but also about Japanese history, social mores, rural life, modern youth, religion, the master-apprentice relationship, and much else. For a wide range of readers.-- Donald J. Pearce, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Duluth
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