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.
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.