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White Casserole with Red Glazes by Bruce Cochrane

Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics

Contributor Since 2001

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 web page is 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