Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal


This is the first monograph on Edmund de Waal, the internationally renowned artist and author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes. In addition to being one of the world’s leading ceramicists, he is also a renowned historian of the medium. His critical and personal essays and poetry are interspersed throughout the book, bringing to light the prominence of ceramics in our everyday lives.

The photography conveys the delicacy of de Waal’s works and provides a rare glimpse into his studio practice. The cloth-bound cover is sculpturally debossed with shapes of his pieces placed on a surface. In keeping with his light and subtle technique, the book contains several white papers which vary in shades of white and have different densities and characters. Some sections are printed on a coated sheet, others on ethereal bible paper, creating a complex ensemble. Pre-dyed dividers create a sense of orderly calm.

Publisher: Phaidon
Contributors: Edmund de Waal, Emma Crichton–Miller, Colm Toíbín, Peter Carey, AS Byatt, Alexandra Munroe, and Deborah Saunt
Photographer: Toby Glanville