Arcady - Edmund de Waal

Arcady, Edmund de Waal, 2007. Image © Heini Schneebeli

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Ceramics: thrown porcelain, cutting (steel), brush-finishing (steel)
Porcelain, glaze, steel
H1400mm x L300mm x W300mm
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Maker Details

Nottingham, England
Place Trained
Sheffield University, Sheffield, Post-graduate Diploma in Japanese Language, 1992; Cambridge University, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, BA Hons English Literature, 1986
6 Parade Mews, Tulse Hill, London, SE27 9AX, England
Shortlist, Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2001: Ceramics, 2001
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Edmund de Waal has been an extremely influential practitioner for studio ceramics for several decades. Since the late 90s he has moved away from small domestic objects towards installations of multiple pots that challenge architectural space and explore colour through hidden interstices and openings.

First shown at Kettle’s Yard and mima in 2007, Arcady is an excellent example of this new development in his work, giving a glimpse of 18 porcelain vessels in six glazes in shades of white and yellow, fitted neatly inside a steel case.

The Crafts Council purchased five de Waal works in 1995, representing his early career. Arcady brings the record of his work up to date. The piece was acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund.

Arcady was selected by poet Jeremy Reed for the 2009 Crafts Council online exhibition ‘A White, A Blue, A Yellow, Red: Poetry by Jeremy Reed’.

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Pete Collard

“What I like about De Waal’s work is the way in which the space his pieces inhabit is as important as the work itself. For Arcady a metal cabinet was built to house the 18 ceramic pots providing a specific framework and yet also inviting further questions about what the eye can’t see. The casing provides an additional layer through which to view the pots and ensures a constant range of light and shade on each one. De Waal’s book The Hare With Amber Eyes, published last year, shed further light on the artist’s interest in collections or groupings of objects within his work and is highly recommended.”

Pete Collard

Pete Collard, Contemporary design/architecture curator and researcher. Design Programme Adviser, British Council

From the Archive

Poem by Jeremy Reed for the 2009 Crafts Council online exhibition 'A White, A Blue, A Yellow, Red: Poetry by Jeremy Reed'. © Crafts Council

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