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!
Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns…We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small. – Tara Brach
Dates: September 6, 13, 27, October 4, 11, 18 (No class on September 20 for Rosh Hashanah)
Working with clay is a natural way to connect with body and breath. The malleability and immediacy of the material naturally integrates the mind-body connection.
This workshop led by registered art therapist, Suzanne Thomson, is suitable for students being introduced to mindfulness for the first time as well as for those students with previous mindfulness experience. In this 6-week workshop, we will explore through the use of clay and the practice of RAIN the four foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind, and the nature of our experience. The acronym RAIN is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using the following four steps:
Recognize what is going on;
Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;
Investigate with interest and care;
Nourish with self-compassion.
Each week participants will take clay home to practice the skill learned from the weekly workshop. Everyone will be asked to bring a journal which will be used throughout the group process as a tool for reflection.
The emphasis will be on the process of working with clay while not being attached to the product we create.
Quote: Brach, Tara. (2013). True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. New York: Bantam Books.
Gardiner Friends, log in to access your discount.*
Not a Gardiner Friend yet? Join now at the Friend level or above to save 100%.
*Discounts on programs and classes do not apply to ‘Get Acquainted’ level.
This item is sold out.
A registered art therapist for over 25 years, Suzanne Thomson integrates mindfulness and sensorimotor psychotherapy to facilitate healing and community engagement.
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7