The Gardiner Museum is a destination that inspires and connects people, art, and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures, and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.
This landmark show explores more than seven decades of Nordic aesthetic influence on Canadian design. The first exhibition of its kind, True Nordic features over 100 works by more than 60 designers. The works reflect a simple yet vital Scandinavian aesthetic tied to natural forms, materials, and imagery, and a desire to create attractive, functional objects.
Beginner- Advanced Ages 10-16 Earthenware Clay Wheel throwing 70 commercial brushing glazes 8 sessions Let your creativity shine through wheel thrown clay! Learn that wheel throwing can be more than a plate a bowl or a cup! Come and make functional, sculptural and fun decorative pieces using the pottery wheel! Learn the skills to throw […]
The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national museum of ceramics. It is one of a small number of specialized museums of ceramics in the world. Ceramic is the term we use to describe any object, whether created for practical, ritual or ornamental use, that is made of clay and fired. There are many different types of […]
Each year, people like you help the Gardiner maintain the exhibitions, collections and programs that contribute to the vitality of Toronto by engaging an increasingly diverse population and helping to create community through shared experience.
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
The 15th and 16th century earthenware, representing classical mythology, perspective, family life and other great themes.
The 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 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
Porcelain was first made in Japan in the 17th century and it’s style 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 the Netherlands and Switzerland.
A wonderful collection of tiny perfect receptacles for scent leads to a discussion of their themes, owners and reason behind perfume wearing and French kings.
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 the 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.
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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. Carl Beam (Canadian, 1943-2005)
The Whale of Our Being, c.2003
Earthenware with iron oxide decoration
Museum Purchase, G03.9.1
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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