Across his practice, Edmund de Waal (b. 1964) addresses the visual poetry of collecting and archiving, among other subjects. Recognised as an exceptional ceramist, de Waal models small unique vessels that form the base of his installations. His carefully composed vitrines offer lyrical narrations that result in a subtle dialogue between tradition and modernity, minimalism and architectural structure. Punctuated by notions of repetition and rhythm, the works are informed by the artist’s passion for literature as well as music and meditative contemplation.

I work with things. […] And then I arrange them, find places to put them down, on shelves or within vitrines, in houses and galleries and museums, move them around so that they are in light or in shadow. They are installations, or groupings, or a kind of poetry. They have titles, a phrase or a line that helps them on their way in the world.

Edmund de Waal

Image: untitled (let no air now be sung, 2024, porcelain, silver, aluminium, wood and glass, 122 x 95 x 19 cm.; 48 x 37 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. Photo: Alzbeta Jaresova

Artist Interview

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected Institutional Exhibitions




Born in Nottingham, UK


Apprenticeship with Geoffrey Whiting, Canterbury


B.A. Hons. English Literature (First Class), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge


Professor of Ceramics, University of Westminster, London


Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to the Arts


Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Member of the Advisory Committee for The Royal Mint, London
Senior Fellowship, Royal College of Art, London


Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Services to the Arts
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature


Member of the Young Victoria and Albert Museum Committee, London


Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Award

Lives and works in London, UK


Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Architecture, Oxford

Banque Paribas, London

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

British Council, London

Cartwright Hall, Bradford

Contemporary Arts Society, London

Crafts Council Collection, London

Crafts Study Centre, Farnham

Dimensional, London

Fidelty Wordwide Investment, London

Fidelty Wordwide Investment, Luxembourg

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Geffrye Museum, London

Heythrop College, London

IBM Collection, Copenhagen

Ismay Collection, Yorkshire Museum, York

The Jewish Museum, Berlin

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough

Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Caroline

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Ibiza, Ibiza

Museum of Western Australia, Perth

National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff

St. George´s Hospital, London

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Schroeder´s Bank, London

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Stoke-on-Trent Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The University Church of Christ the King, London

The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Cambridge

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

World Ceramic Exposition Museum, Icheon

York Museum and Art Gallery, York



letters home
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


Playing with Fire: Edmund de Waal and Axel Salto (duo show)
CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart

this must be the place
Gagosian, New York 

to light, and then return (with Sally Mann)
Gagosian, New York


Edmund de Waal and Unseen Pieces from The Feuerle Collection
The Feuerle Collection, Berlin

we live here, forever taking leave
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

their bright traces
Gana Art Center, Gana Art Nineone, Seoul


Letters á Camondo
Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris

St Gabriel's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury


some winter pots
Gagosian, London

cold mountain clay
Gagosian, Hong Kong

New Art Centre, Wiltshire

library of exile
The British Museum, London (catalogue)


library of exile
Japanisches Palais, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

im Goldhaus
Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

a sort of speech
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection
The Frick Collection, New York

Canton Scuola Synagogue
Ateneo Veneto, Venice

Ivorypress, Madrid


the poems of our climate
Gagosian, San Francisco

– one way or other –
Schindler House, Los Angeles

Edmund de Waal: Early work: vessels from the Rosenheimer Collection
New Art Centre, Salisbury

white island
MACE - Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa, Ibiza


Edmund de Waal and Giorgio Morandi
Artipelag, Stockholm (catalogue)

Lettres de Londres
Espace Muraille, Geneva (catalogue)


During the Night
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (catalogue)

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (catalogue)

ten thousand things
Gagosian, Los Angeles (catalogue)

Edmund de Waal: Rhythm In White
Gardiner Museum, Toronto


White: a project by Edmund de Waal
Royal Academy of Arts, London

if we attend
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

the lost and the found
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


another hour
Southwark Cathedral, London

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Theseus Temple, Vienna

Turner Contemporary, Margate (catalogue)


On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Gagosian, New York (catalogue)


a thousand hours
Alan Cristea Gallery, London (catalogue)

Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon
Waddesdon Manor (catalogue)

a local history
Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge


From Zero
Alan Cristea Gallery, London

night works
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


Signs and Wonders
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (catalogue)

Very Moveable Things: An Intervention
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum


A Sounding Line
Chatsworth, Bakewell

Edmund de Waal at Kettle´s Yard
Kettle´s Yard, Cambridge (travelled to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) (catalogue)


Vessel, perhaps
Millgate Museum, Newark-on-Trent


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 (catalogue)


Porcelain Room
Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen

New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


A Long Line West
Egg, London

Porcelain Room
Geffrye Museum, London


Modern Home
High Cross House, Dartington Hall School, Devon (catalogue)


Egg, London



The Shape of Things
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester


Kunstquartier Gmunden, Bad Ischl

Fragments of Memory. The Treasure of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
(with Edmund de Waal, Josef Koudelka and Julian Rosefeldt)
Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden

In Margin

8smicka Art Foundation, Humpolec


Rudolf Levy (1875–1944) – Magician of Colour
Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

Artists’ Buttons

Loewe Store, London

Artists’ Buttons
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

ADORE: Garry Fabian Miller
Arnolfini, Bristol 

Underneath Everything: Humility and Grandeur in Contemporary Ceramics

Des Moines Art Center

UK vs USA: Post–War to Present
Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London


Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art
Hayward Gallery, London

Feuerle Collection, Berlin

that other world, the world of the teapot. tenderness, a model
Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover

Sensational Books
Bodleain Library, Oxford

The Fourth Dimension
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan

Living With Art We Love
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire


The Flames: The Age of Ceramics
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (MAM), Paris (catalogue)

Imago Mundi
Centro de Iniciativas Culturales, University of Seville

Morandi. Resonancia infinita
Fundación MAPFRE, Paseo de Recoleto, Madrid (catalogue)

Maggie's Centre, Southampton

Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore
Henry Moore Foundation Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire


Summer show
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


An Exhibition fro Notre-Dame
Gagosian, Paris

Stuff Matters
Centraal Museum, Utrecht


Samla, sortera, ta hand om
RIAN Designmusem, Falkenberg

The Precious Clay
The Museum of Royal Worcester

Actions. The image of the world can be different
Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge


Benjamin and Brecht. Thinking in Extremes
Akademie der Künste, Berlin

L'Expérience de la couleur
Musée national de la céramique à Sèvres

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

A Story of Art: Gifts from the Collection of Lucinda Herrick and Charles S. Moffett ’67
Middlebury College Museum of Art

Orchestra of Letters
The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings

Matière Grise
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

Spring Installation
Gagosian, Paris

Edmund de Waal & Ai Weiwei: Kneaded Knowledge. The Language of Ceramics
National Gallery, Prague

Material: Earth
Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury

The Ron Sloman Collection: Contemporary Ceramics
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery


Edmund de Waal & Ai Weiwei: Kneaded Knowledge. The Language of Ceramics
Kunsthaus Graz, Universalmuseum Joanneum (catalogue)

Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal
Jewish Museum, London

la mia ceramica
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

Seeing Round Corners
Turner Contemporary, Margate

The Foundling Museum, London

A Material Legacy: Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (travelled to Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton)

Generosity: The Art of Giving
Kinský Palace, National Gallery, Prague

Artificial Realities
East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Modern Japanese Design
Manchester Art Gallery


CERAMIX - Ceramics in art from Rodin to Schütte
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (travelled to Cité de la Céramique, Sevres)

Resistance and Persistence
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

wavespeech: Edmund de Waal & David Ward
The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector
Barbican Art Gallery, London (travelled to Sainsbury Centre, Norwich) (catalogue)

Gagosian, Geneva


Then and Now
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (catalogue)


The Artist´s House
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


Kettle´s Yard at Tate
Tate Britain, London


New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


Edmund de Waal & Garry Fabian Miller
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

The Long View
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


Still life
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury


Premio Faenza: The International Competition of Ceramic Art
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenze

Transformations: Language of Craft
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


A Secret History of Clay
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool


Masterpieces of European Decorative Art
Fondazione per il Libro la Cultura, Turin

Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

World Ceramic Exposition


Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles


Ceramics and the Memory of Architecture
Galerie Heller, Heidelberg

The New White 
Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris / Holzwarth Publications: Edmund de Waal. Irrkunst, Berlin, 2016

Phaidon (Ed.): Edmund de Waal, London, 2014

Gagosian Gallery (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. Atemwende, New York, 2013

Alan Cristea Gallery (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. a thousands hours, London, 2012

The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor (Ed.): Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon, Waddesdon, 2012

Edmund de Waal: The Pot Book, London, 2011

Alan Cristea Gallery (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. From Zero, London, 2010

Victoria and Albert Museum (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. Signs and Wonders, London, 2009

Kettle´s Yard (Ed.): Edmund de Waal at Kettle´s Yard, Cambridge, 2007

Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts House (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. A line around a shadow, Bowness-on-Windermere, 2005

National Museum and Galleries of Wales (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. Arcanum: Mapping 18th Century European Porcelain, Cardiff, 2005

High Cross House, Dartington Hall (Ed.): Edmund de Waal. Modern Home, Devon, 1999


Artipelag (Ed.): Edmund de Waal, Giorgio Morandi, Stockholm, 2017

Kunsthaus Graz (Ed.): Kneaded Knowledge - The Knowledge of Ceramics, Edmund de Waal, Ai Weiwei, Cologne, 2016

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (Ed.): CERAMIX - Ceramics in art from Rodin to Schütte, Heule, 2015

Galerie Max Hetzler (Ed.): Then and Now, Berlin, 2014

Tate Liverpool (Ed.): A Secret History of Clay: From Gauguin to Gormley, Liverpool 2004 Elisabeth De Waal: Donnerstags bei Kanakis, Wien, 2014



Edmund de Waal: letters home

Exhibition Poster

€ 15.00 € 12.00

Edmund de Waal: a sort of speech

Exhibition Poster
Edition of 100

€ 20.00 € 16.00

la mia ceramica

Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Rebecca Warren, Edmund de Waal
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal

€ 35.00 € 28.00

Edmund de Waal: Irrkunst

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With a text by Edmund de Waal (German / English)

€ 45.00 € 36.00


Anthony Caro, Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Edmund de Waal, Rebecca Warren

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris 2014
With a text by Jurriaan Benschop

€ 15.00 € 12.00

Selected Press

Exberliner November 2022

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The Times of Israel October 2021

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Financial Times March 2020

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Texte zur Kunst December 2019

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Time Out 27 May 2019

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The Financial Times May 2019

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The Guardian April 2019

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The Los Angeles Times November 2018

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Artforum October 2018

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung November 2016

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Berliner Zeitung May 2016

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DIE ZEIT May 2016

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art - Das Kunstmagazin June 2015

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Financial Times March 2014

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The Guardian May 2014

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