Studio Shots


In 2012 we moved from Edmund's Tulse Hill studio into a much larger space, a converted ammunitions factory in West Norwood. In February, we had Helene Binet visit to photograph the space, and she has produced some beautiful works of the studio where Edmund produces his works and much of his writing.

These photos can be viewed on the Making page of this website, found here.

Launch of Phaidon Monograph at the V&A


Phaidon has now published a monograph about Edmund's work and practice. The book is the most comprehensive survey of his career to date and features lots of wonderful writing, including texts by Emma Crichton-Miller, AS Byatt, Colm Toibin and Peter Carey. To celebrate its publication, Edmund gave a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum about how and why he started making ceramics, the influences of other makers on his work, and future projects he is working towards. Edmund was joined by Alun Graves, Senior Curator in the ceramics department at the museum.


The Times, Andrew Billen, 03 May 2014
Spears, 12 May 2014
The Guardian, AS Byatt, 02 May 2014

Front Row, Radio 4


The studio had the privilege of a visit by John Wilson for Radio 4's Front Row to interview Edmund for the launch of the Phaidon monograph. After Edmund walked him through his library and working space, the two of them sat down and made a bowl together. You can hear how well he did on the Radio 4 website

Launch of Phaidon Monograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


To launch the Phaidon monograph in the USA, Edmund will be doing an in conversation with Sheena Wagstaff, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art department, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They will be discussing the intersections between art and architecture, sound and scale, and Edmund's obsession with how objects are kept together, lost, stolen, or dispersed. 

Find out more information about the event here. 


A video of the talk can be viewed here.



To mark the installation of Edmund's work, another hour, in the retrochoir at Southwark Cathedral, he will be giving a talk about the project following the Sunday Eucharist service.

The talk will take place in the choir of the cathedral and is open to all. 

The Exiles Return - Launch of Elisabeth de Waal's Novel


Elisabeth de Waal, Edmund's grandmother, has had her novel The Exiles Return published in the USA by Picador and in Germany by Zsolnay. As part of the celebrations, Edmund's father, Victor de Waal, will be giving a talk about his mother's life and her writing at the Palais Ephrussi in Vienna on Wednesday 26th February.

For more information, please email Brigitte Kaserer at Zsolnay.


The Persephone Books press release can be found here.
New Republic, Adam Kirsch, 07 January, 2014

BBC Imagine documentary: Make Pots or Die


Following a year of filming with Alan Yentob, the Imagine documentary on Edmund's studio life and practice was broadcast on BBC One on 5th November. The film covers a remarkable year; from moving studios, travelling across Europe to research his next book, to sitting at his wheel and making thousands of vessels for his first major exhibition in America with Gagosian, New York. 

More information about the film, including clips and broadcast schedules, can be found on the BBC website here.

National Gallery: The Portrait in Vienna 1900

09.10.13 — 12.01.14

As part of their exhibition Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, which opened in October, the National Gallery is currently showing a photograph album that belonged to Edmund's great-grandmother, Emmy Schey von Koromla. The album, referenced in Edmund's book Hare with the Amber Eyes, contains images of Emmy and her friends dressing up as the characters from their favourite Old Master paintings.

Edmund has written about the album and other works featured in the show in the opening Forward for the exhibition catalogue, which is available online here and at the National Gallery bookshop. 


MoMA Film Club


On 4th October, Edmund will be introducing one of his favourite films, Vittorio De Sica's The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), as a prelude to MoMA's 11th International Festival of Film Preservation.

More information about the event can be found on MoMA's website here.

The Frick Collection, New York


Edmund will be giving a talk at The Frick Collection on Thursday, 3rd October titled Start Again: Collections & Memory. He will be talking about the importance of collecting and diaspora, memory and desire; central ideas to his book The Hare with Amber Eyes and his current show with Gagosian in New York.