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Professor Magdalene Odundo

Professor of Ceramics, School of Crafts & Design

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Research Statement

Professor Odundo’s elegant ceramic vessels are characterized by human-like forms, attributes and graceful silhouettes. The smooth, finished surfaces belie the hand-built coiled techniques she uses to patiently mould her thin-walled vases and pots. Through her keen eye and hand, she synthesizes designs from these ancient cultural traditions to produce contemporary forms all her own.

Through an exacting schedule of disciplined work practice that has seen her work continue to be exhibited nationally and internationally, Odundo has astonishingly continued to lead a cohort of successful students year after year by example. Recent ceramic exhibitions include solo shows in 2009 at Bluecoat Display centre, Liverpool, and in September 2010, at the famous Longhouse Reserve Gallery and Gardens in


Research Interests

  • Contemporary Ceramic Practice and Theory
  • Comparative World Ceramics
  • Traditional Crafts

Professional Affiliations

2011-14 REF Panel Member (Unit 34: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory)
2011 Patron & Trustee of The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)
2008 Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Honour’s List for services to the Arts
2008 Awarded the African Art Recognition Award by Detroit Art Institute’s Friends of African and African-American Art 2007 Trustee and Boardmember of The Lightbox Gallery & Museum, Woking
Member of The Artworkers Guild, London

Research Grants and Awards

2011 - MOG Artist in Residence in Hot Glass Art, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Washington, USA.
2011 - Artist in Residence in Hot Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, USA.
2011 - Artist in Residence, Print Workshop, University of Ulster, UK.
2009 - Artist in Residence, Huara Huara, Santiago, Chile
2008 - Artist in Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA.