I discovered Edmund de Waal at my friend Lida’s house: She had a copy of The Hare with Amber Eyes. Haven’t read it yet? It’s a must.
I next ran across him on the front of the New York Times Sunday Arts section in 2013. He’s not only a really nice writer, he is a potter of small porcelain pieces arranged into lineups that, in the words of his dealer, look like lines of poetry. Look at his stuff — it’s great.
Here’s his website (it’s a bit slow to load).
There’s an interesting documentary about him on a BBC Four show called “What do Artists Do All Day?” (great title or what??). This one from Youtube doesn’t seem to be the full 1+ hour show, but you’ll see why I like it.
And, yes, all my painter friends immediately mention Morandi….