NOTE: This blog originally appeared in December 2011
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.