We've reopened with modified summer hours and free admission on weekends! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Please read our new health and safety policies before your 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. See it now!
We're excited to introduce Clay Date, a new online art fundraiser in support of the Gardiner Museum and inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Presented by the Young Patron Circle's SMASH Committee, Clay Date will virtually unite a community of art enthusiasts and cultural philanthropists for an evening with artist Habiba El-Sayed.
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.
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.
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A registered art therapist for over 25 years, Suzanne Thomson integrates mindfulness and sensorimotor psychotherapy to facilitate healing and community engagement.
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