Saturday Spotlights


Iron Here and There

20 September, 14.30

Sculptor & director of The Bullpen foundry, Wesley Jacobs will talk about the alchemy of casting iron sculpture, running furnaces, wielding and manipulating metal and how it draws people into its magic and mystique.

Wesley was awarded a 2013 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to undertake practical research into current iron casting practice in the USA. Since return to the UK, he has been putting into practice his experience, having built a new furnace and teaching at his small foundry near Abingdon.


Magdalene Odundo

18 October, 14.30

Professor Odundo is an international ceramic artist known for her distinct hand-built anthropomorphic vessel forms. In 2008 Odundo received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in recognition for her contribution to education and the arts and the African Art Recognition Award from Detroit Institute of Art, USA.

In 2012 Odundo was awarded the African Heritage outstanding achievement in the arts and in 2014 an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts form University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, for her global contribution to education and research in the ceramics arts. Her work is included in national and international public and private collections.

Professor Odundo will speaking about her career, art and sources of inspiration, including objects from the Pitt Rivers collection.

Haida box

Learning From the Masters: Recarving the Great Box

15 November, 14.30

In September 2014, two Haida carvers, Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaalen Edenshaw, are coming to the Pitt Rivers Museum to learn by doing: to reclaim the mastery of the nineteenth century artist of the ‘Great Box,’ a Haida masterpiece. While Gwaai and Jaalen are very experienced carvers, having made boxes, totem poles, and other Haida cultural items before, they feel that this artist knew the rules of Haida art so well he was playing with them. They are bringing a new, blank box, drawn with the designs of the historic box, and in four weeks will work with the real thing to make their own copy of it. This talk will discuss the Museum’s work with Haida people on this and other projects, and the process of remaking the Great Box.