There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
Reserve your table for the Santa Claus Parade Brunch. Enjoy a delicious buffet with one of the best views of the parade in the city. Space is limited so book your spot early!
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
Join us on November 21 for the opening of the International Ceramic Art Fair and be the first to see and purchase exceptional ceramics by women-identified artists. Proceeds from the event support the Gardiner's clay education and outreach programs. Buy your ticket now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
The Gardiner Museum established The Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics to acknowledge the generosity of Raphael Yu. Mr. Yu donated an extraordinary collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics to the Gardiner, and he has made a planned gift to create an endowment which will allow the Gardiner to collect Canadian ceramics and create programs that celebrate this material in perpetuity.
The Raphael Yu Center of Canadian Ceramics is a virtual destination at the Gardiner Museum and the rubric under which all activity related to Canadian ceramic art are organized. The core activities of the Yu Centre include the collection, research, publication, and exhibition of Canadian ceramics, as well as programs that feature Canadian artists and their work.
Research & Collections
The Gardiner Museum’s collection of Canadian ceramics is available to interested artists, curators, students, scholars, and others via the Museum’s collections database. This database includes current research on all objects in the Museum’s collection. View the collection
The Gardiner Museum celebrates and documents its exhibitions and permanent collections by publishing scholarly and beautifully illustrated catalogues. These publications are available in the Gardiner Shop. Digital publications featuring Canadian ceramics will be made available through The Raphael Yu Centre for Canadian Ceramics. Browse publications
The Gardiner Museum strives to present original, provocative, and visually arresting exhibitions that capture the public imagination and showcase Canadian artists and their work. The Museum maintains an archive of past exhibitions on its website, and all exhibitions featuring Canadian ceramics are available through The Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics.
The Gardiner Museum offers a stimulating program schedule to enrich and further engage its community. All programs are promoted on the Museum’s website. Programs featuring Canadian ceramic artists and/or their work are documented and archived through The Raphael Yu Centre for Canadian ceramics.
Header image: Bruce Cochrane, White Casserole with Red Glazes, 1998, porcelain, soda-fired, The Raphael Yu Collection, G11.6.19a-b
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