My introduction to this type of pottery was from a children’s book,
“A Single Shard”.
It was written by Linda Sue Park and won the 2002 Newbery Medal. It is a story of an orphan and his dream to become a potter, set in the 12th century Korea.
In the story, the pottery made by the master potter was “Celadon”. The shard mentioned in the title is a shard of Celadon.
I began to wonder “What does it look like"?
That’s what got me started on this blog post. :)
Not being very familiar with the term “shard”, I decided to look up the definition; “a piece of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig; a pot shred, a fragment of a brittle substance, as of glass or metal, or a small piece or part.”
Celadon is usually a pale green with a hint of blue, a glossy appearance and smooth texture. It can be any shade of that color from a very pale yellow-green or gray green to deepest jade-green color. It has a subtle beauty and elegant simplicity.
Celadon glazing was perfected during the Koryo dynasty of Korea which dates from 918 to 1392 AD. There are three design types; inlaid, incised(or molded), and plain(called Mu-ju). Celadon in Korean means “green”. It is referred to as “cheong-ja” in Korean. There is also a brown Celadon which is called “bun-cheong” or brown porcelain, as well as white.
Celadon is beautiful pottery but the book A Single Shard made it mean so much more to me than just a piece of pottery from Korea. A Single Shard is a very moving story, it will bring Korean Celadon alive for you. Come on in and see these beautiful pieces of pottery and visit your local library to check out A Single Shard, then let me know what you think of it! :)
-The GA Gang