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The White Road: A Journey Into Obsession
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The White Road: A Journey Into Obsession

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Author: Edmund de Waal

Format: Paperback / softback

Number of Pages: 416


The gripping story of the lure of porcelain, or 'white gold', from the Number One bestselling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes The gripping story of the lure of porcelain, or 'white gold', from the Number One bestselling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes. ** A Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller ** "Other things in the world are white but for me porcelain comes first" A handful of clay from a Chinese hillside carries a promise- that mixed with the right materials, it might survive the fire of the kiln, and fuse into porcelain - translucent, luminous, white. Acclaimed writer and potter Edmund de Waal sets out on a quest - a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way, he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times. In these intimate and compelling encounters with the people and landscapes who made porcelain, Edmund de Waal enriches his understanding of this rare material, the 'white gold' he has worked with for decades. 'This is a haunting book, a book that amasses itself piece by piece, gaining in weight.' Olivia Laing, New Statesman 'A mighty achievement' Guardian
  • Author: Edmund de Waal
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Tags: August-2021, Autobiography, Biography, Ceramic arts, glass Paperback / softback, History, November-2021, pottery, September-2021
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    History written as it should be.

    Hard work reading it but I cannot put it down. It is a fascinating history of the interaction between Europe and Asia over the development and manufacture of porcelain. It took the Europeans hundreds of years to work out the process of making porcelain once they had been exposed to it. The first reported cases of industrial espionage are centred on porcelain, and it is mixed up with alchemy to muddy the waters.

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    History written as it should be.

    Hard work reading it but I cannot put it down. It is a fascinating history of the interaction between Europe and Asia over the development and manufacture of porcelain. It took the Europeans hundreds of years to work out the process of making porcelain once they had been exposed to it. The first reported cases of industrial espionage are centred on porcelain, and it is mixed up with alchemy to muddy the waters.

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