Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE

Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE - Honorary Doctor

Celebrated ceramicist Odundo was awarded the African Art Recognition Award by the Detroit Art Institute in 2008 and the African Heritage Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012.

Born and raised in Kenya, Magdalene Odundo began her career at an advertising agency in Nairobi as a trainee commercial layout artist before moving to the UK to study a foundation course at Cambridge School of Art. Her undergraduate degree at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) was in ceramics, printmaking and photography. A museum education teaching post at the Commonwealth Institute, London was followed by a postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Art.

Now Emerita Professor at the University for the Creative Arts, she taught at the university from 1997 to 2014. Odundo has been a visiting lecturer and external examiner to various national and international institutions including Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martins.

She received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Florida in 2014. Odundo is Patron and Trustee of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), is on the British Council Art Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Royal College of Art Council.

Recent exhibitions have included installations in glass, bronze, print, drawing and photography, but Odundo’s focus is ceramics. She says, "making ceramics has been a very personal engagement for me. Clay as a material has enabled me to express my inner thoughts better than any other material". Her work is represented in a number of national and international public and private collections.

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