Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal was trained as a potter in England and in Japan and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. He is now Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and Chair of Trustees of the Craft Study Centre. His porcelain has been exhibited very widely and his work is in over thirty international museum collections. Best known for his installation work, he now works with architects and museums to animate spaces and collections. An exhibition of his new work is currently touring England with stops at Kettles Yard and at mima. The book accompanying the show has essays by Jorunn Veiteberg and Helen Waters with photographs by Helene Binet.

His publications reflect his research interests in Orientalism, museology and artists and clay. They include a book on Bernard Leach and extensive writings on 20th century ceramics. Future publications include The Pot Book (Phaidon, 2008) and an anthology of writing on ceramic practice.

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2004- present Professor of Ceramics, University of Westminster, London

2001-2004 Senior Research Fellow in Ceramics, University of Westminster,London
1999-2001 Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship
1991-1992 Post-graduate Diploma in Japanese Language, Sheffield University
1991-1993 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship
1983-1986 BA Hons. English Literature (1st Class), Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
1985 Trinity Hall, Cambridge Scholarship
1981-1983 Apprenticeship with Geoffrey Whiting

Trusteeships/Advisory Roles etc

2005- Member, Working Party on Creative Apprenticeships, Skills Council
2004- Member, European Think Tank on Applied Arts, Gmunden, Austria
2004- Member, International Committee, International Ceramics Centre, Denmark
2004- Chair, British Committee, World Crafts Council
2001- Member of Editorial Board, Crafts Magazine
2001- Member of Editorial Board, Interpreting Ceramics
2003- Convenor of University of Westminster/V&A Ceramic Research Group
2000- Academic Advisor British Museum/Birkbeck Diploma in World Art and Artefacts
2000- Member of Arts Advisory Committee, National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff
2000- Trustee, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
2004- Chair of Trustees, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham

Selected Solo Exhibitions

May 2007 Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
July 2006 Vessel, perhaps, Millgate Museum, Newark
October 2005 House for an Art Lover, Blackwell House, Cumbria
June 2005 Arcanum, National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff
October 2004 Galerie Norby, Copenhagen
October 2004 Porcelain Room Kunstindustri Museum, Copenhagen
May 2004 New Art Center, Roche Court
September 2003 Contemporary Applied Arts, London
September 2002 Porcelain Room, Geffrye Museum, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

November 2006 Still Life, New Art Centre, Roche Court
June 2006 Basle Art Fair
November 2005 Transformations: Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
June 2005 Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
May 2005 Faenza Ceramic Biennale, Italy
June 2004 A Secret History of Clay, Tate Liverpool
October 2003 World Ceramic Exposition, Ichon, Korea
September 2003 ‘What is Craft?’ The Hub, Sleaford
June 2003 White Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
January 2003 Masterpieces of European Decorative Art, Fondazione per il Libro la Cultura, Turin
Selected Public Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
Museum of Western Australia, Perth
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum fur Angwandte Kunst, Frankfurt
World Ceramic Exposition Museum, Ichon, Korea
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Citations and Awards

2005 Member ACE Prize Committee on Art and Faith
2005- Who’s Who
2004 Sunday Feature : John Tusa Interview, Radio Three
2005 Silver Medal, World Ceramics Exposition, Korea
2001 Nominated for Jerwood Ceramics Prize
2000 Nominated for Arts Foundation Award
2000 Nominated for Hamlyn Award
1999-2001 Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship
1998 British Council Award
1996 London Arts Board Individual Artists Award
1996 Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
1991-1993 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship
1985 Trinity Hall, Cambridge Scholarship

Selected recent lectures and symposia

September 2006 ‘Critical Writing: Why Bother?’, European Ceramic Context Conference, Bornholm, Denmark
June 2006 ‘Making Meaning: Writing in the Crafts’, lecturer and convenor of symposium, International Ceramic Centre, Denmark
January 2006 Convenor, first Think Tank symposium, Art Workers’ Guild, London
January 2006 ‘Inventions/Reinventions: Studio Pottery’, National Gallery of Modern Art, Tokyo
November 2005 ‘Hamada in the West’, American Ceramic Circle Symposium, Peabody Museum, Salem, Mass, USA
July 2005 ‘Arcanum’, A New Alchemy:The Artist at Work in the Museum, National Museum and Gallery of Wales,Cardiff
April 2005 ‘Through the Porcelain Ceiling: Ceramics and Display’, Third World Ceramics Biennale, Ichon, Korea
April 2005 ‘Cultured Living’ Arts& Crafts Conference, Victoria& Albert Museum, London
November 2004 ‘Surviving Mingei’ , Harvard Symposium on Japanese/European ceramics, USA
September 2004 ‘Renewing Ceramics’, Europaisches Industriemuseum fur Porzellan, Selb, Germany
August 2004 Convenor, International Symposium on Cultural Identity, International Ceramic Centre, Denmark


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