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!
Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6 pm.
$18 General / $15 Gardiner Friends
Part of the Gardiner Signature Lecture Series
The Ann Walker Bell Lecture
Blue-and-white porcelain from Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital, is the world’s most widely traded ceramic ware. From its late 13th-century creation to its contemporary reinventions, Jingdezhen’s blue-and-white porcelain has been admired and sought after by kings, connoisseurs, collectors, and consumers. Drawing from the Gardiner’s Chinese blue-and-white porcelain collection and artist Ai Weiwei’s practice in traditional Chinese craft, anthropologist and cultural historian Maris Boyd Gillette will explore how Jingdezhen porcelain has inspired, intimidated, and incited ceramists to create, copy, and counterfeit its glories.
Maris Boyd Gillette is a sociocultural anthropologist and cultural historian who researches changing economic practices, social identities, and material culture, primarily in modern China. Gillette works regularly with museums on exhibitions, public history, and educational outreach and has facilitated several community engagement initiatives in Philadelphia and St Louis. She is the author of China’s Porcelain Capital: The Rise, Fall and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen (Bloomsbury 2016) and Between Mecca and Beijing: Modernization and Consumption among Urban Chinese Muslims (Stanford 2000). Gillette is Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Global Studies, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ai Weiwei, Blue and White Moonflask (detail), 1996. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.
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