“I’ve been making pottery all my life and in terms of identity, who I am and what I do, there’s something very simple about sitting at a potter’s wheel with a piece of clay and do something about it. Transforming something is pretty much the alpha and omega of my life. Edmund de Waal was six years old when he discovered his passion for pottery. She never left him, but she did not monopolize him: today he is a recognized writer as well as an eminent potter. This sparked extensive research into his colorful but often painful Jewish family history, nurtured a concern for the meaning of exile, and led him to a philosophy where curiosity, movement and transformation are the guiding principles.

A conversation with de Waal is exhilarating, broad, provocative and never long enough to explore all the ideas and…

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