Professor Michael Rice wows at Dubai Design District
Professor Michael Rice's ceramic work is in the limelight at the Dubai Design District Design Week

During Dubai Design Week AUD was highlighted multiple times and at many different venues as a center for ceramic design excellence.  Ceramic work by Prof. Michael Rice was on display at multiple venues in Dubai Design District, particularly as part of the Abwab display showcasing work by leading international designers, as well as in the exhibition ‘Smoke and Dirt’ in the Rotunda Gallery within AUD’s School of Architecture, Art and Design building that featured his new work.  Prof. Rice also demonstrated the ‘naked raku’ technique of ceramic production at the Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC) as part of Dubai Design activities across the city.


The culminating day for ceramic activities organized by Prof. Rice began with judging the first Dubai Ceramic Design Award with participant ceramic artists from throughout Dubai.  Visiting ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo along with Prof. Rice were judges for the competition.  First prize went to Asela Abeywardene from Sri Lanka, second to Maliha Peracha from Pakistan and the third prize was awarded to Visual Communication student Maysa Ghammachi who was inspired by a workshop led by Magdalene Odundo at AUD two years ago.  The evening culminated in the presentation ‘Contained and Uncontained: The Vessels of Magdalene Odondo’ given by Magdalene Odundo herself, who is considered one of the greatest living ceramic artists.  For her contributions to the arts and society Magadalene Odundo was awarded the prestigious Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or OBE by Queen Elizabeth and most recently she was appointed Chancellor of the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, England.  In addition to AUD students, leading ceramic artists living in Dubai attended the event. Prof Rice was also nominated by Harpers Bazzar Interiors as one of the top four innovative brands of 2017.


‘Through these multiple ceramic events organized across Dubai during Dubai Design Week, Professor Rice has yet again established the Department of Visual Communication at AUD as a centre of excellence for ceramic arts.  Having legendary artist Magdalene Odundo with us was not only an inspiration for our students but also highlights AUD’s continuing commitment to the visual arts at the very highest international level.  We are extremely grateful to Prof. Rice for bringing both local and international attention our programs in visual arts and to AUD.  It also was an honor to have Magdalene Odundo with us and to now count her as one of our own international colleagues’ stated Dr. Woodman Taylor, Chair of the Department of Visual Communication.


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