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Celebrating the contributions of pottery instructor Karin Pavey

6 months ago

The Gardiner Museum congratulates pottery instructor Karin Pavey on her retirement from the Museum after 25 years. During that time she inspired hundreds of students and taught them the art of wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and more.

Karin was a dedicated presence in the studios, participating in the full range of the Gardiner’s educational offerings, from adult classes and drop-in workshops to school programs and kids camps. As a practicing artist, she brought unmatched experience and expertise to her lessons.

In addition to her role at the Gardiner, Karin has taught at Sheridan College and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and is currently an art educator for the Toronto District School Board.

Karin is a respected Canadian potter whose colorful tableware has been exhibited in North America and Europe. She began her ceramic studies in Sweden and is a graduate of both Sheridan College and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including grants from the Ontario Arts Council.

Karin’s vibrant and whimsical bowls, jars, and vases—which she creates in her Bloor West studio—are favourites in the Gardiner Shop. Click here to see the collection.

Through in-class demonstration and dialogue, Karin has always strived to encourage a passion for ceramics in her students. We thank her for helping make our studios a place of creativity experimentation for so many years, and look forward to seeing what she creates in the future.

We thank Ian for leading engaging and enriching courses for students at all levels of their ceramic journeys. We are grateful for his contributions over the years and wish him the very best in all his future endeavours.


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