The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. Please read our new health and safety policies before you visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're firing up the kilns again! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Materials such as clay beautifully model this quality of pliable flexibility. Mindfully using and observing the suppleness of clay can help train the mind to do the same, that is, to bend, flex, and release. – Lena Franklin, 2017
This workshop is suitable for anyone being introduced to mindfulness for the first time as well as for those with previous experience. It’s an invitation to befriend who you are now, in this moment, at this time, through the medium of clay. Mindfulness is about learning to pay attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and compassion.
In this two-hour workshop, we’ll explore clay as a medium for deepening our experience of the present moment. Through a series of hand-building exercises, we’ll focus our attention on the dance between breath and clay, awakening to our present moment experience through the senses and finding our centre.
The emphasis will be on the process of working with clay while not being attached to the product we create.
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Please note: Gardiner Friends may only purchase adult clay classes at the discounted rate for membership card holders.
This class is non-refundable and non-transferable.
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A registered art therapist for over 25 years, Suzanne Thomson integrates mindfulness and sensorimotor psychotherapy to facilitate healing and community engagement.
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