The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets now!
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.
If you have a special project in mind or a theme you would like to pursue, please let us know and together we can design a museum visit just for you and your class.
Here is a list of the permanent collections:
Ancient Americas Gallery
The culture and art of the ancient peoples of Mexico, Central and South America.
Italian Renaissance Maiolica
15th- and 16th–century earthenware, representing classical mythology, perspective, family life and other great themes.
17th- and 18th-century earthenware. Themes include early medicine, family life, history of the monarchy, the Great Fire of London, and the plague years.
Contemporary and Modern Gallery
Canadian and international ceramics form the 20th and 21st centuries.
Chinese Porcelain Gallery
The history of porcelain as it developed in Asia and its remarkable influence on the West.
Japanese Porcelain and Its Influence
17th-century Japanese porcelain and its stylistic influence on Europe.
The European response to the importation of Asian porcelain. Early scientific experiments, alchemy, the Enlightenment, centralism, baroque, and rococo. Collections include, Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
A wonderful collection of tiny receptacles for scent leads to a discussion on their themes, owners (including the French kings), and the reasons for wearing perfume.
18th-century England and the continent. Themes include the influence of France and French style, the importance of nature, and its influence on embellishment.
Character figures from popular 16th-century Italian theatrical productions featuring Harlequin, Columbine, and Pierrot to name a few. Themes such as theatre, dining, politics, and dance.
This program is available as a half day.
This program is available as a full day.
* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.
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1. 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
2. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8
3. The Monkey Orchestra
Germany, Meissen, c. 1753–75
Hard-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels, gilding
Modelled by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706–1775) and Peter Reinicke (1711–1768)
Mark: Crossed swords in underglaze blue
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.675
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