We've reopened exclusively to Gardiner Friends & Get Acquainted cardholders, and we'll reopen to the public with two days of free admission on July 11 and 12. Regular admission rates resume on July 13. We can't wait to welcome you back! 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. It reopens to the public on July 11!
We're posting family-friendly art activities inspired by our collection and the endless possibilities of clay. Visit our Family Day page for weekly crafts, colouring pages, and more fun art projects that you can enjoy at home.
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.
We’ve moved our Earth Day seed bomb workshop—inspired by the special exhibition RAW—online! Artist and placemaker Gelareh Saadatpajouh and her daughter Io invite us to slow down, pause, and rediscover our forgotten relationship to seeds and our shared landscape, all year-round. Scroll down to see the video tutorial.
What is a seed bomb?
A seed bomb acts as a life support system to help get the seeds established in the ground. A seed bomb is a ball of native* seeds rolled into a mix of clay and compost. In relation to clay, compost forms something called the clay humus complex – the ions in the clay attach themselves to the organic matter and become much more available to plants. In a seed ball the compost also helps hold the whole thing together in just the right way.
* Native sees prevent invasive plants from taking over local ecosystem.
What do I need to make a seed bomb?
2 parts seeds
3 parts compost
5 parts clay powder (or flour)
2 parts water
About the exhibition
In recent years, artists have begun exploring the medium of unfired clay in startlingly new and original ways. From sticky and wet to dry and powdery, raw clay has the power to transform its physical state while transmitting deep connections to primal themes like the land, sentience, the body, and memory. RAW features four new installations by leading artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. Learn more
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