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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!
Ceramic creatures of liquid and bone stand motionless, guarding treasures of eras faded beyond recall. In those centuries predating the primacy of written language, the craftsmen were storytellers and the artists’ painterly sleight of hand embellished the spoils of nature for all to gaze at and wonder.
About the Artist
Drawing from the history of ceramics and craft, Nurielle Stern explores clay as a contemporary sculptural material throughout her multidisciplinary practice. Her sculptural objects and installations are informed by historical approaches to ornament, function and story-telling in the design of common objects. Through a re-imagining of the familiar, her work encourages the seeds of new narratives to take root.
While based in Toronto, Nurielle is currently an MFA Candidate in Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship for her two-year course of study. Nurielle received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art degree (Sculpture and Installation) from OCAD University in 2007 and went on to study ceramics at the Sheridan School of Craft & Design (2009-12).
Nurielle has participated in several group exhibitions including FUSION’s Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2011) and the 17th Annual Juried Graduating Sculpture Student Exhibition at the Sculptors Society of Canada (2012) where she was the recipient of the Abraham & Malka Green Award. In her final year at Sheridan College she was awarded the Clifford Scholarship and the 2012 Gardiner Museum Award.
Header Image: Nurielle Stern, Eyes of Metal and Agate, 2013, glazed ceramic
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