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.
Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, taking place annually at the end of September. Each year, thousands of free, participatory arts and culture events are held in hundreds of communities across Canada. New in 2020, Culture Days has been extended beyond one weekend to a 4-week run: September 25th – October 25th!
As a special Culture Days event, we’re sharing a recent online artist talk with Dame Magdalene Odundo DBE, part of our “3 Works” digital series hosted by Chief Curator Sequoia Miller. On September 17, Odundo discussed three of her artworks in connection to the theme “Form”.
About the Artist
Born in Kenya before moving to the UK as a student in 1971, Magdalene Odundo is an acclaimed ceramic artist, whose work references ancient making traditions from across the globe. A major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2019, ‘The Journey of Things’, presented historical and contemporary art selected by the artist alongside Odundo’s elegant ceramic, as well as her prints, drawings and glass installations. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, London; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Odundo has also dedicated much of her career to art education, acting as a lecturer and mentor to many younger artists and encouraging them to explore ceramic art in their own practices. From 2004–14 she was Professor of Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts. Odundo is now Professor Emerita and was made Chancellor of the university in 2018. Magdalene Odundo was made a Dame (DBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her contribution to art and art education.
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