Exhibitions: The Arts of Africa

Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo: Vessel

Magdalene Odundo was born in Kenya, raised in India, and educated in England and Kenya. Like many African artists today, she is influenced by both African and non-African traditions. This pot, produced in Farnham, England, was made using traditional African techniques: hand-built coils, burnished both before and after applying slip, and fired using a wood-chip, reduced-oxygen process that produces the smoky black surface. However, the pot's style is thoroughly modern, designed exclusively for display as a work of art, with no utilitarian or ceremonial function attached.