The White Road

The White Road chronicles acclaimed author and artist Edmund de Waal’s intimate journey in search of porcelain, an obsession he has held for most of his life. It is a journey across continents that begins in Jingdezhen, China, the birthplace of porcelain, and embraces Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the English south-west. For centuries, porcelain has transfixed emperors and alchemists, philosophers, craftsmen and collectors, all eager to decode the secret of ‘white gold’. The White Road is full of compelling encounters with those who were witness to its creation, those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by it in some of the darkest moments of our history. De Waal’s pilgrimage of sorts leads him to a more profound understanding of the material he has worked with for decades, and chronicles the alchemy, art, wealth, craft and purity of porcelain. It is the unbroken story of a global obsession. This product has been discontinued. See the Related Products below or email and we can suggest something similar which you may also like.
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Dimensions 12.7 x 19.8cm
SKU 02083795

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Edmund de Waal is one of the world's leading ceramic artists, and his porcelain is held in many major museum collections.

His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, published in 30 languages, was described as “a masterpiece” by the Sunday Times and “the most enchanting history lesson imaginable” by the New Yorker. It won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize; was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, the PEN/Ackerley Prize and the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Literature; and longlisted for the Orwell Prize and BBC Samuel Johnson Prize.