The Gardiner is thrilled to announce the launch of CLAY, an original in-house restaurant offering seasonal menus of fresh, local fare in collaboration with The Food Dudes.
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, and one of China’s most formidable critics. Ai Weiwei: Unbroken features a selection of the artist's most iconic ceramics, and marks the international debut of new work. Opens February 28!
Get creative as a family with clay activities on February 17 and 18, including a fun mosaic-making workshop led by a local artist. Admission for visitors 18 and under is free everyday!
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.
Introduce your students to interpretations of clay beyond vessels and pottery. Contemporary ceramics continues the tradition of storytelling—drawing on the past and pushing boundaries towards fantasies of the future. Learn about the lineage of earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain vessels, and how history repeats itself through the evolution of clay and ceramic technology. Discover how glass and glaze contribute unique characteristics to form and sculpture. The Diana Reitberger Collection in our Modern and Contemporary Gallery features a breathtaking personal collection of Canadian and international ceramics.
Students will get a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on clay workshop
Students will get an opportunity to sketch and explore the gallery in depth with guided observation exercises, audio-visual material and discussion. In the afternoon students will partake in a hands-on clay class.
* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.
** Registration required, please fill out the form by clicking “Book a Visit” button below.
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1. Peter Pincus, Trio of Vessels V, 2017. Gift of Diana Reitberger.
2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56
3. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8
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