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Edmund de Waal is an artist and writer. Born in 1964, de Waal is best known for his large scale installations of porcelain vessels, which are informed by his passion for architecture, space and sound.

De Waal’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at Frieze Art Fair, London (2016), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2016), Kunsthaus, Graz (2016), Galerie Max Hetzler (2016) Gagosian Gallery, Beverley Hills (2016); Royal Academy, London (2015); Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); Pier Arts Centre, Orkney (2015); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2014); Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2013); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2013); Waddesdon Manor (2012); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2007); Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art (2007); National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2005) and the Geffrye Museum (2002). Recent public installations have included Lichtzwang in the Theseus Temple, Vienna (2014), and another hour at Southwark Cathedral, London (2014). Permanent public works are the collector (for Paul) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, (2015), An idea (for the journey), Rijksmuseum (2013), a local history, University of Cambridge (2012), Signs & Wonders (2009), also at the V&A, and a sounding line at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (2007).

Edmund de Waal has also been widely published. His family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), has won many literary prizes including the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Costa Biography Award and has been translated into 29 languages. His second book, The White Road was published in 2015. Other books include The Pot Book (2011), 20th century ceramics (2003) and de Waal’s critical study on Bernard Leach (1997).

De Waal was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011. In 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College Art and Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He has also received Honorary Doctorates from University of the Arts London, University of York, University of Nottingham, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Sheffield. De Waal has been on the Advisory Committee for The Royal Mint since 2012 and is currently a Trustee for The Saturday Club Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Biography
Present Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Present Trustee of The Saturday Club Trust, London
2016 Honorary Doctorate, University of York
2015 Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction, Yale University
2014 Honorary Doctorate, University of Nottingham
2014 Honorary Doctorate, Canterbury Christ Church University
2013 Honorary Doctorate, University of the Arts, London
2013 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Sheffield
2012 Senior Fellowship, Royal College of Art, London
2012 Member of the Advisory Committee for The Royal Mint
2011 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to the Arts
2011 Costa Biography Award, Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize
2009 Honorary Fellow, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
2004-2010 Chair of Trustees, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
2003 Silver Medal, World Ceramics Exposition, Icheon, Korea
1999-2001 Fellowship, The Leverhulme Trust
1996 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
1991-1993 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship
1991–1992 Post-graduate Diploma in Japanese Language, University of Sheffield
1983–1986 BA Hons. English Literature (First Class), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
1985 Scholarship, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
1981–1983 Apprenticeship with Geoffrey Whiting, Canterbury
Selected solo exhibitions and installations
2016 During the Night. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Kneaded Knowledge: The Language of Ceramics. Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
Irrkunst. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
ten thousand things. Gagosian Gallery, Beverley Hills
2015 white. Royal Academy of Arts, London
If we attend. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
2014 Atmosphere. Turner Contemporary, Margate
Lichtzwang. Theseus Temple, Vienna
another hour. Southwark Cathedral, London
2013 Atemwende. Gagosian Gallery, New York
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Fitzwilliam Museum,
Cambridge
2012 a thousand hours. Alan Cristea Gallery, London
a local history. Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
2010 From Zero. Alan Cristea Gallery, London
night works. New Art Centre, Salisbury
2009 Signs & Wonders. Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Very Moveable Things: An Intervention. Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum,
Gloucestershire
2007 A Sounding Line. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Edmund de Waal at Kettle’s Yard, mima and elsewhere. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough
2006 Vessel, perhaps. Millgate Museum, Newark-on- Trent
2005 A line around a shadow. Blackwell: The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere
Arcanum: mapping 18th-Century European porcelain. National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff
2004 Porcelain Room. Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen
2002 A Long Line West. Egg, London
Porcelain Room. Geffrye Museum, London
1999 Modern Home. High Cross House, Dartington Hall, Devon
1998 Egg, London
Selected group exhibitions
2016 la mia ceramica. Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris
Seeing Round Corners. Turner Contemporary, Margate
FOUND. Foundling Museum, London
Artificial Realities. The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Generosity: On the Art of Giving. Kinsky Palace, Prague
2015 CERAMIX. Cité de la céramique, Sèvres; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Resistance and Persistence. Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Modern Japanese Design. Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
the lost and the found: work from Orkney. New Art Centre, Salisbury
wavespeech. Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector. Barbican Art Gallery, London; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
Chromophobia. Gagosian Gallery, Geneva
2014 Then and Now. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Group Show. Gagosian Gallery, Paris
2010 The Artists’ House. New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
2009 Kettle’s Yard at Tate Britain. Tate Britain, London
2008 Inside/Outside. New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
2007 The Long View. New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
Garry Fabian Miller & Edmund de Waal. Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2006 Still Life. New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
2005 Premio Faenza: The International Competition of Ceramic Art, Museo
Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenze, Italy
Transformations: Language of Craft. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2004 A Secret History of Clay. Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Selected catalogues and monographs
2016 During the Night. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Texts by Lisa Appignanesi, Jasper Sharp and Edmund de Waal
Kneaded Knowledge: The Language of Ceramics. Kunsthaus Graz, Graz. Texts by
Peter Pakesch and Edmund de Waal
Irrkunst. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin. Text by Edmund de Waal
ten thousand things. Gagosian Gallery, Beverley Hills. Text by Joan Simon
2015 white. Royal Academy of Arts, London. Text by Edmund de Waal
2014 Atmosphere. Turner Contemporary, Margate. Text by Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal. Phaidon, London. Texts by Emma Crichton-Miller, Colm Toíbín, Peter Carey, A.S. Byatt, Alexandra Munroe, Deborah Saunt and Edmund de Waal
2013 Atemwende. Gagosian Gallery, New York. Text by Adam Gopnik
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Fitzwilliam Museum,
Cambridge. Text by Edmund de Waal
2012 a thousand hours. Alan Cristea Gallery, London. Text by Colm Toíbín
Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon Manor. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. Text by Juliet Carey and Edmund de Waal
2010 From Zero. Alan Cristea Gallery, London. Text by A.S. Byatt
2009 Signs & Wonders. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Texts by Alun Graves,
Glenn Adamson and Edmund de Waal
2007 Edmund de Waal at Kettle’s Yard, mima and elsewhere. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge;
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough. Texts by Jorunn
Veiteberg, Helen Waters and a conversation between David Hills, Elizabeth Fisher and Edmund de Waal
2005 Edmund de Waal: A line around a shadow. Blackwell House: The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on- Windermere. Texts by Alun Graves and Simon Olding

Arcanum: mapping 18th century European porcelain. National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff. Texts by Sebastian Kuhn, James Putnam, Edmund de Waal and a conversation between Jorunn Veiteberg and Bodil Busk Laursen
2004 A Secret History of Clay: From Gauguin to Gormley. Tate Liverpool, Liverpool. Texts by Simon Groom, Edmund de Waal and interviews with James Putnam and Antony Gormley
1999 Modern Home. High Cross House, Dartington Hall, Devon. Texts by Mike Tooby and Edmund de Waal
Selected public collections
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • Banque Paribas, London
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • British Council, London
  • Cartwright Hall, Bradford
  • Contemporary Arts Society, London
  • Crafts Council, London
  • Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
  • Dimensional, London
  • Fidelity, London
  • Fidelity, Luxembourg
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Geffrye Museum, London
  • Heythrop College, London
  • IBM Collection, Copenhagen
  • Ismay Collection, Yorkshire Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
  • Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
  • Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Museum of Arts and Design, New York
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Museum of Western Australia, Perth
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff
  • St Georges’ Hospital, London
  • Schroeder’s Bank, London
  • Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
  • Stoke-on-Trent Museum
  • The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London
  • The University Church of Christ the King, London
  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
  • World Ceramic Exposition Museum, Ichon, Korea
  • York Museum and Art Gallery