Home / Blog / Congratulations to long-time instructor Ian Symons!

Congratulations to long-time instructor Ian Symons!

2 months ago

The Gardiner Museum bids a fond farewell to long-time pottery instructor Ian Symons and congratulates him on his retirement from the Museum after 25 wonderful years in our studios. Ian has been a fixture at the Gardiner, sharing his ceramics skills and passion for teaching with countless students. Over the years, Ian has led school groups, sessional classes, drop-ins, and camps, garnering a dedicated following along the way.

Known for his striking forms and nuanced surfaces, Ian is considered one the early leaders in contemporary earthenware His gifts for pattern and colour have delighted admirers and students alike for decades. His hand-built pottery draws on historical influences while remaining intensely personal.

Ian studied painting and ceramics, earning a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and an MFA from Alfred State University. He has taught at Ohio State University, Penland School of Crafts, Sheridan College, and George Brown College, in addition to the Gardiner.

Ian 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 can also be found in the collections of the Canadian Museum of History, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Gardiner Museum.

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.

Similar Articles