William Morris Tiles: The Tile Designs of Morris and His Fellow-Workers


William Morris Tiles: The Tile Designs of Morris and His Fellow-Workers

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Críticas The history of porcelain as told in The White Road is a constantly surprising sometimes absolutely staggering coming together of art craft and commerce politics and religion national identity larger-than-life characters and wild sometimes ruinous obsession . . . A terrific book. If you read it you'll never look at porcelain the same way again. --Geoff Nicholson Los Angeles Times The White Road is a unique book by a unique person. Polyglot steeped in art and literature and history able to throw a pot and turn a sentence with equal skill endlessly curious and stupendously diligent aesthetic to his fingertips but also deeply moral Mr. de Waal brings a lot to the table and with The White Road he goes all in. --Ben Downing The Wall Street Journal It is rare for someone to write as well as Edmund de Waal all the more since it's his secondary vocation . . . The White Road is the story of how objects through the accumulation of intent labor and the patina of history accrue a sense of self. --Brian Thomas Gallagher The Seattle Times[A] shimmering paean to porcelain . . . De Waal digs deep into the substance of his live and what he shares is precious. --Jean Zimmerman NPRDe Waal is a master of telling stories through material objects. He can see a vase and not only imagine the kind of room it once inhabited but the type of woman who might have brushed her fingertips across its lip . . . It's de Waal's own obsession--the man counts pots when he can't sleep at night--that infuses the narrative with a true sense of the hunt . . . He is wonderfully manic in his research . . . He allows himself to get lost for weeks to travel someplace only to return empty-handed--which makes for a true adventure and a pleasure to read. --Thessaly La Force The New YorkerThe White Road is filled with marvelous examples of storytelling and de Waal has a gift for inhabiting his characters. Also the historical material is interleaved with stories from de Waal's own life as a ceramicist which adds an extra and very welcome dimension to the tale.--Christina Thompson The Boston GlobeAt once meditation memoir and travelogue as well as history The White Road is one of those unclassifiable books that simply astounds with the author's infectious love of his subject . . . De Waal's prose is both elegant and powerful . . . Despite covering so many places so many historical periods and so many themes de Waal's beautiful narrative voice and his love for his subject manage to shape this book into an almost seamlessly formed whole. Which leaves me with my one resentment regarding The White Road It's damned unfair that such a distinguished artist should also be such a great writer. --Kevin O'Kelly The Christian Science MonitorDe Waal reveals the depths and permutations of his life-shaping fascination with porcelain . . . [He] brings a historian's ardor for detail and a poet's gifts for close observation and radiant distillation to this exquisite chronicle of his extensive porcelain investigations . . . De Waal's passionately and elegantly elucidated story of porcelain laced with memoir and travelogue serves as a portal into the madness and transcendence of our covetous obsession with beauty. --Donna Seaman Booklist (starred review) A lyrical melding of art history memoir and philosophical meditation . . . In short passages of allusive radiant prose [de Waal] chronicles his journeys in search of both the materials and the history of porcelain discovering along the way men as obsessed as he . . . De Waal's poetically recounted journey is a revelation. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)[De Waal] blends art history and personal travelogue in this immersive hands-on study of porcelain and its commercial and artistic appeal over the centuries . . . He enlivens his account with portraits of the people whose quirky personalities and entrepreneurial zeal advanced the manufacture of porcelain across Europe . . . A truly remarkable story. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)An immensely enjoyable meditation on what happens when the right mix of stone and clay enter the incandescent heat of a kiln . . . Journeying to Jingdezhen Dresden South Carolina and southwest England de Waal tells the story of determined experimenters who reproduced the magic the Chinese had mastered . . . [A] page-turning account both sweeping and intimate. --Library Journal Reseña del editor An intimate narrative history of porcelain structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about fired refined collected and coveted.Extraordinary new nonfiction a gripping blend of history and memoir by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation The Hare with the Amber Eyes. In The White Road bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain or white gold. A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than 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 starts by travelling to three white hills-sites in China Germany and England that are key to porcelain's creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history. Part memoir part history part detective story The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy art wealth craft and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with the Amber Eyes de Waal gives us a singular understanding of the spectrum of porcelain and the mapping of desire. Biografía del autor 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 has been published in thirty languages and won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. It 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. He lives in London with his family.

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