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30 Objects 30 Insights

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Gardiner Museum book celebrates 30 outstanding objects from renowned collection and commemorates 30th anniversary of Canada’s national ceramics museum

The Gardiner Museum commemorates 30 years as Canada’s national ceramics museum with the publication of 30 Objects 30 Insights by Black Dog Publishing (London, UK). This richly illustrated book focuses on 30 outstanding objects from the Museum’s collection that represent its temporal and geographical breadth, as well as the universality of ceramics. Each object is paired with an insightful essay by the world’s great ceramics experts.

“We are proud to highlight important objects in our internationally-renowned collection in this superb book,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO. “30 Objects 30 Insights features over 100 sumptuous photographs that bring our collection to life in a whole new way, revealing the vitality and range of the medium. Readers will never look at these beautiful objects the same way.”

30 Objects 30 Insights features pieces by such illustrious names as Meissen, Sèvres, Chelsea, Marc Chagall, Betty Woodman, Greg Payce and Shary Boyle. Corresponding essays are by a roster of scholars, curators and museum directors such as Dame Rosalind Savill, former director of the Wallace Collection (London, UK), Timothy Wilson of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK), Dorie Reents-Budet, curator of the arts of the Ancient Americas, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Glenn Adamson, Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY).

“One of the key objectives of this volume of essays is to celebrate not only the Gardiner Museum’s 30th anniversary, and also to show the richness and diversity prevalent in current critical writing on historical and contemporary ceramics,” says Rachel Gotlieb, Chief Curator. “The authors’ perspectives offer important insights on why ceramics matter in everyday life. The lively and inspired insights share distinct points of view on issues of connoisseurship and making, social history and consumption.”

Edited by Rachel Gotlieb (Chief Curator, Gardiner Museum) and Karine Tsoumis (Curator, Gardiner Museum), 30 Objects 30 Insights is now available at the Gardiner Shop, 111 Queen’s Park, and retails for $29.99.

The Gardiner Museum is grateful to the following sponsors whose generous support made the publication of 30 Objects 30 Insights possible: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation, The Radlett Foundation, The Hannon Family in memory of Janet Hannon, Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner, The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, The Macdonald Family Foundation, Alan Shimmerman, Michael and Tamara Root, the Ann Walker Bell Fund and The Helen E. Gardiner Fund.


Located in the heart of Toronto on Queen’s Park Crescent across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. The Gardiner is committed to making a contribution to the medium of ceramics, as well as the community it serves, and is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay. The Gardiner’s permanent collection comprises several extraordinary collections from sophisticated, dedicated collectors, making it one of the most significant centres of ceramics in North America. The breadth of the Museum’s holdings include pottery from the Ancient Americas, rare examples of Meissen, Du Paquier and Chelsea porcelain, Chinese blue and white porcelain, Japanese and Japanese-inspired porcelain, to contemporary ceramics – including an exceptional donation from Raphael Yu. For more information, for details on exhibitions, events, workshop, clay classes, and more, please visit: www.gardinermuseum.com


Black Dog Publishing Limited London specialises in beautifully produced illustrated books that represent a fresh, eclectic take on contemporary culture. Starting from a base in art and architecture, Black Dog has grown to embrace subjects as varied as design, fashion, music and environmental concerns. As their remit broadens and their list grows, Black Dog is expanding into new territories and gaining a broader audience around the world. Through this they stay true to their founding principles; to take a daring, innovative approach to their titles, to maintain high production values and authoritative content and to produce books that challenge, provoke and entertain.



Danika Lochhead
Strategic Objectives, 416.366.7735 ext. 290, dlochhead@strategicobjectives.com

Antonio Tan, Marketing Manager
Gardiner Museum, 416.408.5078, antonio@gardinermuseum.com

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