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.
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
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment closes January 19! Journey back in time to the kitchen gardens of Versailles and the intimate dining room of an amorous couple. Feast your eyes on porcelain peas, glass macarons, knitted cheese, and more fun surprises before they're gone.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register 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!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
Empty Bowls, now in its 27th year at the Gardiner, is a North American-wide project to aid people experiencing homelessness. All of the proceeds go to Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a culture-based native centre committed to changing lives through traditional healing practices. Anishnawbe’s work with people experiencing homelessness has evolved from early directions of crisis intervention, to their current efforts working with those who seek to escape homelessness.
More than 400 bowls are donated by potters, potter’s guilds, and students, and delicious soups are prepared and ladled out by some of Ontario’s most eminent chefs.
Patrons line up to be first in line to choose their bowl, and have it filled with their choice of delicious soups. At the end of the event, take home your bowl to enjoy, knowing all the money collected goes directly to Anishnawbe Health Toronto.
Lorenzo Loseto, George
Suzanne Baby, Gallery Grill
Bianca Azupardo, CLAY Restaurant
Jamie Kennedy, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Joseph Shawana, Kukum Kitchen
Giovanna Alonzi, Terroni
Simon Kattar, à la Carte Kitchen
Sean Simon, Hogtown Smoke
Sophia Mifflin, City Canteen
Angeline FU, Kayo O’Young and Diane Nasser, Rundi Phelan, Silvana Pasceri, Beth McCubbin, Karen Franzen, Francine Klein, Martina Croghan, Katherine Laco, Sandi Dunkleman, Susan Card, Deanna Sakai, Linda Kelly Cherney, Lynn Fisher, Pleasant Pottery, Woodlawn Pottery Studio, The Potters Studio, The Toronto Potters, Gardiner Studio, Lynn Fisher, Michelle Mendlowitz, Thomas Aitken, Andrea Poorter, Jill Funamoto, Lana Rayman, Audrey Mah, Sarah Mackenzie, Kumiko Claros, Chris Rookwood
Please note: Tickets can be picked up starting at 11 am on Thursday October 24 in the Gardiner Museum’s lobby. The tickets will be numbered in the order that they are picked up, not in the order of purchase date. Numbered tickets will not be given out prior to 11 am, and cannot be held or reserved. When you arrive for the event, you will be asked to wait outside the Museum. Beginning at 5 pm, numbers will be called sequentially and ticketholders will enter the Museum in small groups to choose their bowls.
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