The hundreds of photos in this book speak thousands of words. It's a complete resource for a wide audience. The text provides a flowing documentary and informative overview of the historical and modern Japanese ceramic world. The technical information for the potter, including glaze formulas, glaze color chart, firing temperature, and the American equivalents of Japanese glaze compositions is extensive. Students of art history will find valuable material concerning the production techniques of ancient Oriental wares. This book is the most extensive and complete, with the most photos, of any book I've found so far on Japanese ceramics.