The Hare with Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal, James Harding

28/02/2011 11:00 am
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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.

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. He is best known for his large scale installations, which are exhibited in many museums around the world. He writes widely on art and ceramics and his bestselling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been translated into nearly 30 languages and won many literary prizes.

James Harding

James Harding joined The FT in 1994, serving as Shanghai Correspondent, Media Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. He joined The Times in 2006 as Business and City Editor and was Editor from 2007 to 2012. He is currently Director of News and Current Affairs for the BBC and is the author of Alpha DogsHow Political Spin Became a Global Business.

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