Join us for a class in our state-of-the-art clay studios! Open to students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, classes are instructed by professional ceramists. The relaxed studio setting and informal instructional style will give you lots of time to experiment and produce great take-home pieces.
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Adult Clay Classes
Kids Clay Classes
Drop-in clay Classes
Grace Donati has been a professionally practicing ceramicist for over 9 years. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a degree in Ceramic Design and has sold and exhibited her work throughout Canada, USA and Asia. Alongside her studio practice, she continues to expand her arts educator skill sets by engaging in professional development courses.
She inspires artistic growth throughout the GTA teaching ceramics to a broad spectrum of individuals in a wide variety of community centres and schools, affecting tactile change in the community one artistic step at a time. She continually encourages students to push the envelope of their idea development and believes that being a proactive part of that enriching exchange is fundamental in creative development.
Grace Donati currently teaches Saturday Afternoon Kids Wheel throwing at the Gardiner Museum.
Marc Egan is a studio ceramist, producing decorated earthenware pottery and ceramic sculpture in his Toronto studio. He studied ceramics at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. As a ceramics instructor/educator Marc has taught at Harbourfront Centre, George Brown College, Sheridan College and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. He has undertaken both national and international artist residencies and is the recipient of many awards including the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2003. He has exhibited across Canada and in the USA and his work is in numerous private collections as well as the collections of the Gardiner Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. In his teachings, he demonstrates techniques, discusses ideas, and shares his extensive knowledge of ceramics with his students to help them develop their skills, broaden their understanding, and find inspiration in clay.
Marc currently runs the Wednesday Drop-in Clay studio and teaches a Thursday Evening Intermediate Wheel throwing class at the Gardiner Museum.
Lynn Fisher has practiced as a ceramic artist/art educator for over 40 years. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and taught graduate and undergraduate ceramics in South Africa, London (England) and Canada. She was a teacher and Head of the Department at the Koffler Centre of the Arts (18 years). Concurrently she taught at the ROM and in numerous schools and also at the Gardiner Museum. She has lived a life on several continents and travelled extensively throughout Europe, India, Turkey and Mexico studying ceramic methods and cross cultural design. She spent 12 years on the island of Rhodes, Greece, where she operated her own studio, shop and gallery. It is this collective and extensive knowledge that she shares with students.
Lynn teaches students who wish to create, explore the medium of clay, and learn its processes. She aims to demystify the process and inspire creativity believing that everyone has the ability to create and that her workshops are opportunities for self exploration, and growth. Lynn also uses clay as a therapy for adults and children experiencing and recovering from sexual, physical, psychological, and substance abuse and as a tool for ESL students, for building corporate culture and for celebrations. Lynn has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and continues to create and explore ceramics in her own studio. In recognition for her contribution to education through visual arts, Lynn was awarded the South African Woman for Woman award in 2000, in Canada.
Lynn currently teaches Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon combo classes, Saturday morning wheel throwing, as well as Monday and Friday stoneware classes and a Raku class at the Gardiner Museum.
Audrey Mah is a contemporary ceramicist and art educator who shares her enthusiasm and knowledge for clay and mixed media. She received her BFA from Waterloo University, and continued her studies in ceramic design at the Ontario College of Art. Her work has been published in Ceramic Monthly, and has exhibited and sold in USA, Mexico, and Canada. Audrey has been the recipient of numerous art awards and grants from the Ontario Arts Council. She recently completed an Artist in Education Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, where she taught in-depth workshops with intercity schools. She also teaches at Avenue Road Arts School, Arts for Children and Youth, TDSB, and has taught at the AGO and ROM.
Her interest in architecture has led her to concentrate on forms when creating a piece of art work. She enjoys creating geometric and symmetrical forms with very clean, smooth surfaces. Her bowls are simplistic, yet powerful and eternal. Her forms have been enhanced by the surface application of terra sigillata.
Audrey currently teaches many of the school groups that come through the museum. She teaches the Saturday Morning Kids, Thursday After-school kids classes as well as Monday Evening Adult Slip casting and Wednesday Afternoon Combination classes and a Raku class exploring hand building and wheel throwing at the Gardiner Museum.
Lindsay Montgomery is an artist working across a variety of media including ceramics, video, painting, and puppetry. She holds degrees from the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, as well as the Joyce Carlyle Memorial Scholarship in the Crafts Endowment. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, Harbourfront Centre, and currently teaches at Sheridan College and University of Waterloo. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and in exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum, the Burlington Art Centre, and Craft Ontario.
As an instructor, she focuses on human and animal figures and painted surfaces, creating an environment in the classroom that reflects back to the history of objects in the Museum’s collection. She encourages her students access the collection for inspiration. She shares her vast knowledge of ceramic painting and variety of surface techniques. Her own work is focused on the construction of a personal fantasy-based mythology that explores issues of death, family, beauty, and history.
She currently teaches the Monday Evening Figurative hand building class at the Gardiner Museum.
Karin Pavey has been a ceramic instructor for many years at the Gardiner Museum. She began her ceramic studies in Sweden and is a graduate from both Sheridan College and the Nova Scotia College of Art where she received a BFA. In addition, she has taught at Sheridan College and the ROM and is currently an art educator for the Toronto District School Board. Through in class demonstrations and dialogue, which impart creative ideas for projects, she strives to encourage a passion for making objects out of clay. Karin is an established and respected Canadian potter whose colorful tableware has been exhibited in North America and Europe. Karin has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work has been showcased extensively in both public and private collections. Karin travels frequently to Europe, where she continues to draw inspiration for her own work.
Karin currently teaches Wednesday Evening Tableware, some Thursday Wheel throwing classes and runs the Drop-in Clay studio at the Gardiner Museum.
Ian Symons is a ceramic artist who has been called “one of the most gifted colourists working in Canada today”. He studied painting and ceramics, receiving a BFA from NSCAD, and MFA from Alfred State University. Ian has taught at Ohio State University, Penland School of Crafts, Sheridan College, and George Brown College. He has exhibited in Canada and internationally, including shows at Canada House Gallery (London England), Prime Gallery (Toronto), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), and Nancy Margolis (New York City). His work is also found in several published catalogs and at the Museum of Civilization, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Gardiner Museum. He has also received grants and awards in national and international shows.
One of the early leaders in the use of contemporary earthenware, Ian has a notable understanding and ability with clay. Ian is known for his striking forms and nuanced surfaces. His painted hand-built pottery draws influences from history yet is intensely personal. Using layered glazes and drawing, he addresses how surface interacts with form. Ian uses pottery forms, rich glazes, and fine drawings to entice one to touch the work, to turn it, to see how the form and decoration evolve.
Ian currently runs the Drop-in Clay studio and teaches many school groups that come to the museum.
Alex Yeung is a clay artist born in China and raised in Hong Kong. He has made his home in Toronto, where he works and teaches out of his studio which he established in 2005. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba and has taught classes at OCAD University (Toronto), The Pottery Workshop (Hong Kong, China), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Koffler Centre of the Arts (Toronto), and for more than ten years at the Gardiner Museum.
Alex’s work includes expressive sculptural pieces and functional pottery and more recently has expanded his range of work to include ceramic lighting. His work is held in many collections including the collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and in private collections around the world.
Currently Alex is the Studio Supervisor and Technician at the Gardiner Museum.
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