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.
Please note: This exhibition has been extended until January 13.
Part of New + Now
Toronto-born artist David R. Harper presents a museum-wide installation inspired by the twelve signs of the zodiac. This original work was commissioned as part of New + Now, an annual celebration of emerging artists and contemporary ceramics, nationally and internationally.
The installation will be revealed at the New + Now Gala on November 15.
About the Artist
David R. Harper (b. Toronto, Canada) completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Sculpture before pursuing an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has held solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and exhibited in group shows at the National Gallery of Canada, MASS MoCA, and the Gardiner Museum. Harper’s work is in many permanent collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Los Angeles.
About New + Now
Our annual 12 Trees fundraiser has evolved into New + Now, a celebration of emerging artists and Canadian and international ceramics. As one of the world’s only museums dedicated to ceramics, the Gardiner is committed to championing clay and supporting up-and-coming as well as established artists working in the medium.
New + Now features the launch of an International Ceramic Art Exposition and a museum-wide installation by Canadian ceramist David R. Harper, kicking off with the New + Now Gala in support of our clay education and outreach programs, and special exhibitions throughout the year.
Education & Outreach Partners
Rosemary Phelan, The Langar Foundation
Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
The Thor E and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation
Emerging Artist Supporters
Susan Crocker and John Hunkin
Header image: Courtesy of David R. Harper. Photo by Rich Maciejewski.
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