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Forty years de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about refined collected and coveted―and that would help him understand the clay’s mysterious allure From his studio in London he begins by travelling to three “white hills”―sites in China Germany and England that are key to porce. Edmund de Waal combines erudition passion and gripping writing in this exploration of the history of porcelain where he is also one of the world s celebrated porcelain artists His work blurs the line between functional craft and conceptual art and his history similarly blurs the usual distinction between the intensely personal and historical investigation White Obsession is a fantastic read in a subject matter that many will find esoteric but having left this book will resonate with Kangxi enamel ware Meissen and Wedgewood in ways they never imagined Macbeth out Bishops Angel on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about refined collected and coveted―and that would help him understand the clay’s mysterious allure From his studio in London he begins by travelling to three “white hills”―sites in China Germany and England that are key to porce. Edmund de Waal combines erudition passion and gripping writing in this exploration Bedhead Skin Deep 3 of the history Sticks And Stones Broken Heart 2 of porcelain where he is also 50 Debate Prompts For Kids one Curiosity of the world s celebrated porcelain artists His work blurs the line between functional craft and conceptual art and his history similarly blurs the usual distinction between the intensely personal and historical investigation White Obsession is a fantastic read in a subject matter that many will find esoteric but having left this book will resonate with Kangxi enamel ware Meissen and Wedgewood in ways they never imagined

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White Road

Lain’s creation But his search eventually leads him around the globe and revealsthan a history of cups and figurines; rather he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth century historyPart memoir part history part detective story The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy art wealth craft and purity. Interesting mix of travelogue overview of history and cultural significance of porcelain and meditation on his art from an eminent modern potter Thoughtful and insightful views on the modern world Particularly interesting to read about the origins of porcelain the China of a thousand years ago coming full circle to expertise being offered back to China today by the modern German industry Rather uirky prose style that I guess will engender strong reactions love it or hate it but its well suited to the elliptical discursive style and insights of the author How refreshing to read something different

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An extraordinary blend of narrative history and memoir by the author of the award winning and bestselling international sensation The Hare with Amber Eyes In The White Road artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate portrait of his lifelong obsession with porcelain or “white gold” A potter who has been working with porcelain forthan. I was initially drawn to The White Road by Edmund de Waal because I had read that it involved a man s love for ceramics his travels and research through three countries and histories and how the book was comparable to a meditation of sorts on his love for the ceramic medium While this is all that I am passionate about as well it had occurred to me early on in this book that this read was going to be a struggle to get through Indeed yes de Waal describes a true obsession and went into great description of porcelain s many diverse histories however I ultimately found the writing style to be a bit exhausting and drawn outThe author has been working closely with porcelain since he was seventeen and he continues to make porcelain vessels as his creative muse decades later One of de Waal s dreams was to travel to the great epicenters of porcelain manufacturing His story describes this pilgrimage as a dedication to his love for the white gold He pays homage to these three white hills in China Germany and England and incorporates many factors into his discoveries and research Throughout his journeys he encounters kiln sites ceramic institutes museums research facilities porcelain factories and current sculptors He provides elaborate histories of emperors chemists and porcelain experimentations using his extensive research of maps photographs memoirs and porcelain order archives All elements provide an extensive text that contains an abundance of knowledge on the life of porcelainWhile reading this book my thoughts and perceptions about certain things changed I never read about the history of ceramics but in reading this book I began to appreciate my young ceramic journey from a different perspective To know how some have cherished valued and treasured items of ceramic nature made me feel honored to work within such an esteemed and beloved traditionOverall I enjoyed The White Road as it gave me a lot of background knowledge and insight about this particular material Very rarely do we have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of the depth and breadth of one item Through his peculiar yet interesting obsession de Waal did this very successfully and gathered what seemed to be all that was ever known about porcelain in this one text It was an impressive feat One can learn much if an entire life is to be devoted to loving an item as much as de Waal does However in the end I did arduously struggle with the almost 400 page text as the writing style seemed to be written in a sort of stream of consciousness poetic format supporting an allusive and vague plot about this porcelain love affair


11 thoughts on “White Road

  1. says:

    I was initially drawn to “The White Road” by Edmund de Waal because I had read that it involved a man’s love for ceramics his travels and research through three countries and histories and how the book was co

  2. says:

    If you share de Waal's obsession with porcelain you will be fascinated I do; I am Plain pottery is perfectly serviceable you can drink your tea out of it just fine The plates hold dinner just fine So why this centuries long pursuit of a plate you can hold up to the light and see the shadow of your hand through it that you can tap smartly wi

  3. says:

    A luminous pleasing slightly obsessive book about the history of porcelain de Waal's life as as a potter and his travels to China Dresden Devo

  4. says:

    Edmund de Waal combines erudition passion and gripping writing in this exploration of the history of porcelain where he is also one of the world's celebrated porcelain artists His work blurs the line between functional craft and conceptual art and his history similarly blurs the usual distinction between the intensely personal and historical investigation White Obsession is a fantastic read in a subject matter

  5. says:

    I almost passed on this book after reading Laura Miller's mundane review in the New York Times but thankfully I did not as I understand how an obsession with porcelain can lift it off the ground If you are not a romantic you will have a hard time here Like Ms Miller you will miss the point entirely You will mi

  6. says:

    I know his smooth poetic style of writing As a potter I am 'White Road' is really a treasure to me He took road

  7. says:

    We heard Edmund deWaal give a talk in York about his journey into Porcelain's historyIt involved him travelling to various famous parts of the World where Porcelain is manufactured He gave a very personal view about why this material and things that are made of it become an obsession to a huge number of people especially those in PowerThis book was an obvious purchase after this introduction by the potter himselfIt did

  8. says:

    Interesting mix of travelogue overview of history and cultural significance of porcelain and meditation on his art from an eminent modern potter Thoughtful and insightful views on the modern world Particularly interesting to read about the origins of porcelain the China of a thousand years ago coming full circle to expertise being offered back to China today by the modern German industry Rather uirky prose style that I guess will

  9. says:

    Not only a story of the author's lifetime in ceramics and porcelain but a history of clay porcelain ceramics and politics from China to Germany to France to England to the American wilderness of colonial Appalach

  10. says:

    A very good book if you are interested in the history of porcelain and the way it spread across the world from China It is an account of Mr De Waal's journeys to find out the how porcelain was made where and by whom and put it in a t

  11. says:

    This book was an utterly fascinating account of the development of porcelain from China to Europe passing through the US and Russia Beautifully written a book to revisit

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