Edmund de Waal is one of the world's leading artists working in ceramics. He is best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, with either temporary or permanent interventions having been made at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tate Britain, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire; MIMA, Middlesborough; Chatsworth House, Derbyshire and Kuntshistoriches Museum, Vienna.
De Waal's work is also held in numerous public collections across the world, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; National Museum and Galleries of Wales; World Ceramic Exposition Museum, Korea; Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In September 2015 de Waal curated a display at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, on the theme of white.
De Waal is also known as an author and has written widely on art and ceramics. In 2010 his family memoir, The Hare with the Amber Eyes, was translated into 30 languages and continues to win literary prizes. In September 2015 he released his second book, The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts, which traces the narrative history of porcelain. Phaidon published a substantial monograph on de Waal's work and practice in May 2014.
De Waal was awarded an OBE for his services to art in 2011. He is Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London. He was born in Nottingham in 1964 and lives and works in London.
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