Paul's Corner: The White Road: Journey into an Obsession
Edmund de Waal wrote a magical family history/art history/mystery search/stunning piece of prose, that came out in 2010 and became a sensational literary success. It was called "The Hare with Amber Eyes" and it dealt with a collection of small ivory carved bits of practical art of Japanese provenance hugely appealing to a man like de Waal. De Waal was and is the world's greatest artist in and expert about the magical white clay we call porcelain. He loves small objects of exquisite beauty
In his new book "The White Road: Journey into an Obsession", de Waal, with his lovely prose, has taken us with him on his journey to learn what there is to know about this beautiful substance and the fine pottery made from it. The Chinese were for the longest time the only artists who knew its secrets, until the German potters of Dresden made a European art of it. De Waal uses original sources when he can, which adds pleasure and authenticity to his narrative. This is no picture book, but a story of one man’s search for beauty. Pick it up. The lovely white book. The perfectly sculpted moments of time frozen by artists spellbound by their moment of participation in beauty’s emergence.