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Edmund de Waal

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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, won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. He lives in London with his family. 

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Past Events

2016

Accompany Edmund de Waal on his personal pilgrimage along The White Road.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Accompany Edmund de Waal on his personal pilgrimage along The White Road, which tells the story of his obsession with porcelain – ‘white gold’ – and the lure it has held for those who have encountered it. 

2013

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The ceramicist and acclaimed author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes turns a new page in his family’s story. He came to Jewish Book Week to present his grandmother’s novel, The Exiles Return. Elisabeth de Waal’s book follows four exiles as they return to Vienna in the early 1950s, 15 years after their escape. The publication marks 75 years since the Anschluss.

2011

Monday, 28 February 2011

The internationally acclaimed ceramicist, Edmund de Waal, retraced the history of his family through an inherited collection of netsuke –  tiny Japanese figurines. He spoke here to James Harding about the painstaking journey he unwittingly embarked upon.  He evoked vanished worlds – whether 19th century Paris or 20th Vienna –  exquisitely, conveying the horrors of the destruction of cosmopolitan Europe and exploring the relationship between collectors and their collections.

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