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 Hare with Amber Eyes

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: The Exiles Return
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. As an artist working in ceramics much of Edmund de Waal’s recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and co...
The White Road
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. Edmund de Waal’s history ranges far and wide, from the Jesuit missionaries in 17thcentury China, via the palaces of Versailles and Dresden, to the chemist shops of 18th century Plymouth and the darkest moments of 20th ...