Edmund de Waal  (British, 1964) 

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Edmund de Waal (British, b.1964) was born in Nottingham, UK, in 1964. The British ceramic artist wrote a memoir entitled The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), which chronicles his journey to understand his inheritance of a collection of Netsuke, small Japanese carvings made of ivory or wood. De Waal’s family hails from the Ephrussi clan, a prosperous Jewish banking family whose prominence came about in 19th-century Odessa, Paris, and Vienna. The Ephrussi art collection is now widely dispersed in museums and private collections, with items still coming to auction.

The artist has been working at the wheel since childhood. Geoffrey Whitling taught de Waal the art of pottery at The King’s School, Canterbury. When he was 17 years old, the artist deferred his acceptance to Cambridge University to fulfill a two-year-long apprenticeship under Whitling. In 1986, de Waal graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with high honors. After his graduation, the artist moved to the Welsh borders to make inexpensive pots, and then to Sheffield to work with porcelain. He eventually returned to Britain in 1993.

De Waal has received various awards and honors throughout his career. In 1998, he received a British Council Award, and in 1996, he received an Individual Artists Award from the London Arts Board. In 2011, he was awarded an OBE from the British government for his contribution to the arts, and became a trustee at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The artist currently lives and works in London, UK.

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Edmund de Waal, the poem as act, X

 

Edmund de Waal
the poem as act, X
2013

New Art Centre
Edmund de Waal, leaning late and reading there

 

Edmund de Waal
leaning late and reading there
2013

New Art Centre
Edmund de Waal, a voice at the door

 

Edmund de Waal
a voice at the door
2013

New Art Centre
Edmund de Waal, 9 circles II

 

Edmund de Waal
9 circles II
2011

Crane Kalman Gallery
Edmund de Waal, Aurea

 

Edmund de Waal
Aurea
2007

Crane Kalman Gallery
Edmund de Waal, Covered Jar

 

Edmund de Waal
Covered Jar
Jeffrey Spahn Gallery
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Edmund de Waal, Rescript

 

Edmund de Waal
Rescript, 2006
porcelain, celadon, red glazes over impressed designs in the body, painted wood

 

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Edmund de Waal, Tea and coffee set (16 works)

 

Edmund de Waal
Tea and coffee set (16 works), 1950-1999
porcelain

 

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Edmund de Waal, Mugs (set of 3)

 

Edmund de Waal
Mugs (set of 3), 1995
glazed porcelain

 

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