Main content

Edmund de Waal on Porcelain

Andrew Marr talks to potter Edmund de Waal, curator Tim Marlow, poet Annie Freud and materials engineer Mark Miodownik.

Start the Week returns for a new series with a discussion about cultural exchange. Andrew Marr talks to the potter Edmund de Waal about his fascination with porcelain. De Waal's journey to understand the history and secrets of 'white gold' takes him from China to Europe and the USA. From white pots to multi-coloured: the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei mounts an exhibition at the Royal Academy; co-curator Tim Marlow explores his cultural significance. The poet Annie Freud takes inspiration from shards of pottery found in her garden for her collection, The Remains.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

Available now

43 minutes

Last on

Mon 21 Sep 2015 21:30

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is an artist and author.

The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts is published by Chatto & Windus.

Annie Freud

Annie Freud is a poet and artist.

The Remains is published by Picador.

Tim Marlow

Tim Marlow is Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Ai Weiwei is on at the Royal Academy of Arts until 13 December.

Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL.

Mark will be giving a talk at the Write on Kew Literary Festival in Kew Gardens on Saturday 26 September, 12.30pm to 1.30pm.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Edmund de Waal
Interviewed Guest Tim Marlow
Interviewed Guest Annie Freud
Interviewed Guest Mark Miodownik
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 21 Sep 2015 09:00
  • Mon 21 Sep 2015 21:30