The Silk Road was the world’s most powerful trade and cultural transmission route that exchanged goods, skills and ideas between China, Arabia and Western Europe for more than 1,000 years. It was a human ribbon that stretched 4,000 miles from Xi’an and Beijing in China, through Arabia to Alexandria and onwards to Venice.
As well as silks, spices, gold and other goods, the route carried crafts and knowledge in its broad current. Foremost among these was the production of ceramics, and porcelain in particular. Porcelain, the hard clay that demands so much craftsmanship and firing at high temperatures, was discovered by the Chinese and perfected during the Han Dynasty in c.200BC as the Silk Road was in its infancy. Over the centuries, exquisite porcelain artefacts and the skills to make them were carried down the Silk Road into the homes and palaces of the discerning few on three continents.
Carole Bennett, a potter working in East Sussex, aims to recreate the spirit of this cultural interchange in her work. She uses traditional materials and techniques to produce unique hand-made pieces that are then decorated with ancient texts. View the gallery to see examples of work created in her rural studio.
Exhibition 21st – 22nd March, 2023
Royal Pavilion Brighton, William IV Room
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton BN1 1EE
10am – 5pm
All proceeds in aid of Depaul International
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