Edmund de Waal's The Hare With Amber Eyes

NOTE: This blog originally appeared in December 2011

One of de Waal’s netsuke

Ceramic artist and writer Edmund de Waal’s book The Hare with Amber Eyes is a little hard to describe.  It’s part family history, part art history, part social history, and part artistic musings; but whatever it is, it works.  While de Waal’s story is interesting, the book’s succeeds because he is a beautiful writer and an honest and humble narrator.  For a man who has spent most of his life working in porcelain, de Waal proves here that he is an artist of words as well as clay.

de Waal’s work as a ceramic artist