Signs and Wonders: Edmund De Waal and the V&A Ceramics Galleries

Signs and Wonders: Edmund De Waal and the V&A Ceramics Galleries


By (author) Glenn Adamson, By (author) Edmund de Waal, By (author) Alun Graves

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  • Publisher: V & A Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 240mm x 9mm | 264g
  • Publication date: 5 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851776109
  • ISBN 13: 9781851776108
  • Illustrations note: 85 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 688,041

Product description

Edmund de Waal is one of the leading artists working with ceramics today. He has also specialized in various large-scale installations which show groups of ceramic vessels, often in historic architectural settings. "Signs and Wonders" will be the largest and most ambitious installation commission, to date, by any single artist in a public or private space,which will be placed at the heart of the recently reopened ceramic galleries in the V&A. This beautifully illustrated book provides a very personal narrative on how the galleries have generated new ways of working. Archival pictures and newly commissioned photography of the installation made up of 425 pieces, are shown alongside examples from the V&A's world famous ceramics collection, which have in turn inspired "Signs and Wonders".

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Author information

Glenn Adamson is Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research at the V&A. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft, and author of Thinking Through Craft (V&A/Berg, 2007) and The Craft Reader (2010). Edmund deWaal was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan and then read English at Cambridge. His porcelain is in thirty international museum collections. Edmund has written widely on art, ceramics and orientalism and is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster. Alun Graves is a Curator in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department at the V&A,with responsibility for 20th century and contemporary ceramics. He has written widely on British ceramics and sculpture from this period.