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3 Works: Magdalene Odundo on Form


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Gardiner Museum

Old Toronto, ON

Directions: The video will be hosted on our website from September 25 - October 25. Visit the event page to watch from home.



Offered in English.


As a special Culture Days event, the Gardiner Museum is sharing a video recording of a recent online artist talk with Dame Magdalene Odundo DBE, part of our “3 Works” digital series hosted by Chief Curator Sequoia Miller. On September 17, Odundo discussed three of her artworks in connection to the theme “Form”.

Born in Kenya before moving to the UK as a student in 1971, Magdalene Odundo is an acclaimed ceramic artist, whose work references ancient making traditions from across the globe. A major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2019, ‘The Journey of Things’, presented historical and contemporary art selected by the artist alongside Odundo’s elegant ceramics, as well as her prints, drawings, and glass installations. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Gardiner Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; British Museum, London; and Art Institute of Chicago.

Odundo has also dedicated much of her career to art education, acting as a lecturer and mentor to many younger artists and encouraging them to explore ceramic art in their own practices. From 2004–14 she was Professor of Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts. Odundo is now Professor Emerita and was made Chancellor of the university in 2018. Magdalene Odundo was made a Dame (DBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her contribution to art and art education.



Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and backgrounds through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.

We engage audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. We interpret historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. We innovate through clay education, as it brings together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics.

We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.