Magdalene Odundo

Kenyan, b. 1950

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Magdalene Odundo

Kenyan, b. 1950

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Best known for her hand-built ceramics, Kenyan-born British designer Magdalene Odundo originally trained as a graphic designer. Her pieces are not made traditionally using a wheel, but are instead creating using a coiling technique. Her pieces are left unglazed and are burnished by hand, turning red-orange clay pieces into black pots or vessels that are as distinctive in their color as they are in the forms she creates by hand. Amorphous in shape yet resembling the human body in curvature and sinuosity, the pots are vehicles for thinking about the human body and its relationship to space. Her influences vary widely, from Cycladic figures to modern sculpture by Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi.

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Biography

Best known for her hand-built ceramics, Kenyan-born British designer Magdalene Odundo originally trained as a graphic designer. Her pieces are not made traditionally using a wheel, but are instead creating using a coiling technique. Her pieces are left unglazed and are burnished by hand, turning red-orange clay pieces into black pots or vessels that are as distinctive in their color as they are in the forms she creates by hand. Amorphous in shape yet resembling the human body in curvature and sinuosity, the pots are vehicles for thinking about the human body and its relationship to space. Her influences vary widely, from Cycladic figures to modern sculpture by Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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