Saturday 24 September
The White Road
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.
In this talk, 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 to Versailles, 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. The story spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent history.
Edmund de Waal is the author of the best-selling The Hare with Amber Eyes and The White Road: a Journey into Obsession (paperback edition July 2016).