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.
The Gardiner has reunited for the first time more than 350 objects from Sir William Van Horne’s exceptional collection of Japanese pottery alongside archival materials and stunning watercolours. See it now!
Join us for family-friendly craft activities throughout the holiday season including festive ornament-making, gingerbread cookie decorating, clay experimentation, and more.
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!
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Bring your students to the Gardiner this fall to explore Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics. Discover the curious case of a controversial figure in Canadian history who was responsible for the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, built on territory belonging to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Sir William Van Horne was an obsessive collector of Japanese pottery and amassed an impressive collection, documenting it through watercolours and note-taking. Introduce your students to the scientific method of the 19th and 20th centuries and this important period in Canadian history. The conversation will be challenging and rewarding.
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 observatio exercies, audio-visual material and discussion. In the afternoon students will partake in a hands-on clay class.
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1. Tea bowl with design of baton, Kyoto ware, Kyoto, False seal of “Ninsei”, Edo-Meiji period, 19c., Stoneware, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1944.Ee.6, Adaline Van Horne Bequest
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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