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
Reserve your table at CLAY Restaurant for January 31 - February 13 and enjoy a delicious $33 prix fixe menu featuring fresh, local fare. Choose from mushroom toast with burnt honey, Fogo Island cod fish and chips, our famous lamb burger, and more delectable dishes created by Chef Bianca Azupardo and her team.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
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!
There are numerous easy, low-tech methods for transferring your photographs and drawings onto pottery. Join artist Marney McDiarmid for an afternoon exploration of transferring images and patterns onto clay. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to put their own designs onto pots by drawing through wax in multiple layers, using a carbon paper transfer technique, and a photocopy transfer technique. The afternoon will end with a short demo of using underglazes like watercolors to decorate pieces once they have been bisque fired.
Participants, please bring:
Please note: This is a technique class and the completed pieces will not be fired at the museum.
Gardiner Friends, please log in to access your discount. Gardiner Friends may only purchase adult clay classes at the discounted rate for membership card holders.
This class is non-refundable and non-transferable.
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Marney McDiarmid is a self-taught ceramic artist with an MA in Oral History and five years of a PhD in Cultural Studies. Since the mid 1990s she has been creating lushly decorated hand-built pieces out of porcelain, renowned for their grace and whimsy. Marney’s work has appeared in the Lark series “Prints on Clay” and in the November 2019 issue of Ceramics Monthly. In 2017 she was awarded “Best in Show” at the FUSION Clay and Glass exhibit in Toronto,…
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