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Renowned artist and UCA professor to receive honorary award from University of the Arts London

An Emerita Professor of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has been named the recipient of an Honorary Award from the University of the Arts London (UAL) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to international craft.

Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE, an internationally-renowned artist and one of Britain’s leading artists working in ceramics, taught at UCA for more than 15 years and has had work exhibited in collections across the world, including the British Museum and the V&A Museum.

Originally a student at UCA in the 1970s, Magdalene went on to teach in art colleges worldwide before returning to Farnham in the late 1990s to teach and continue her practice. In 2014, Magdalene was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Florida.

In February this year, Magdalene exhibited her largest installation to date in the James Hockey Gallery at UCA Farnham. Her work, entitled Transition II, was a glass construction of more than 1,000 individually handmade vessels suspended from the ceiling as a wave or wing. With flight the central concept of the piece, Magdalene was originally inspired by water and, in particular, the flow of the Nile.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, said: “Magdalene is quite simply one of the most important ceramicists working today and deserves this recognition, we are very proud that one of our own has received this honour."

The Honorary Award will be presented this week during UAL’s graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall in London.