The route to alchemy?  There is none, there is no set path.  As I understand this enigmatic injunction, we need to find our own path to creating, not seek or follow others’ paths.

Which isn’t to preclude great draughts of inspiration from the alchemy they have successfully wrought.

Edmund de Waal’s White Road is a masterful meditation on making and creating, finding and seeking – see the bestellar review complete with a mosaic of quotations and metaphors.

‘Alchemy takes no set path.’


Source:  Edmund de Waal, The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts (London: Chatto & Windus, 2015), p. 159

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