The Gardiner Museum is a destination that inspires and connects people, art, and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures, and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.
This landmark show explores more than seven decades of Nordic aesthetic influence on Canadian design. The first exhibition of its kind, True Nordic features over 100 works by more than 60 designers. The works reflect a simple yet vital Scandinavian aesthetic tied to natural forms, materials, and imagery, and a desire to create attractive, functional objects.
Beginner- Advanced Ages 10-16 Earthenware Clay Wheel throwing 70 commercial brushing glazes 8 sessions Let your creativity shine through wheel thrown clay! Learn that wheel throwing can be more than a plate a bowl or a cup! Come and make functional, sculptural and fun decorative pieces using the pottery wheel! Learn the skills to throw […]
The Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library is a comprehensive reference centre for research in the field of ceramics. The collection was founded in 1988 when George R. Gardiner donated 387 books, periodicals, journals, and engravings relating to the history, production, style, and sources of European ceramics. Today the collection includes over 2,500 volumes, in addition […]
Each year, people like you help the Gardiner maintain the exhibitions, collections and programs that contribute to the vitality of Toronto by engaging an increasingly diverse population and helping to create community through shared experience.
December 12-19, 2013
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art have partnered to raise awareness about violence against women and girls through an exhibition of clay works created over a period of 12-weeks within a healing expressive arts group. Ten women participated in the Gardiner Expressive Arts Group, which is a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic that is run each year from September to December. Art therapist Suzanne Thomson, and artist Susan Low-Beer facilitate the Gardiner group. This year, group participants were asked to reflect on the following lines from a poem by Adrienne Rich, “Spirit like water moulded by unseen stone.” The intent was for each of the women to respond to Rich’s words by sculpting in clay their unique experiences of trauma. The result of their explorations will culminate in an exhibition at the Gardiner Museum entitled A Space for all Voices. The exhibition will run at the Gardiner Museum from December 12 through December 19, 2013. The opening night Reception will take place at the Gardiner Museum on December 12, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Last year the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and the Gardiner Museum celebrated their decade-long partnership by collaborating on a 10th anniversary retrospective exhibition called Transformation by Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay. The Gardiner Museum recently received the Award of Excellence in Exhibitions for Transformation by Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA).
I am finding my voice through the gift of creativity
Sharing my story, I reclaim my power
I was born to please my father’s tribe
Phoenix rises from the ashes
Giving voice to something that is beyond words
From fragments to whole
Celebrating the immensity of human experience
We are but many voices, with different perspectives and experiences
We come together as a community with respect
Transforming our lives through the transformation of clay
Freeing our spirits to experience art
Daring the deep
Willingness to cross over
Sharing our journeys in recreating our resilience
The Barbra Schlifer Clinic: is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence. The Clinic assists over 5,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. To learn more about the Clinic and the services it offers, please visit schliferclinic.com
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