The excellence of Japanese ceramics from pre-history Japan to the present is uncontested. But the accompanying difficulties surrounding an investigation of this form has hitherto limited the Westerner's comprehension of it. In this ambitious text, with more than three hundred illustrations (nineteen of which are in color), Roy Miller adapts the study of several Japanese experts into attract which makes clear the history, techniques, and aesthetic criteria of Japanese ceramic art. A map of Japan and an index with Japanese characters for proper names and ware designation further augment the practical use of this book which will be of particular interest to potential buyers of pottery. A book, indispensable for collectors of orientalia, and an attractive gift selection.