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
Join us for lunch at CLAY Restaurant overlooking Queen's Park. Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by design that highlights the Museum's focus on ceramics.
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 clay-based Summer Camps give kids ages 6 - 14 the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Register early before they sell out!
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!
Mindfulness is the ability to become fully present in this moment, in a particular way, with a non-judgmental attitude. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
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 with previous mindfulness experience. It is an invitation to befriend who you are now, in this moment, at this time, through the medium of clay.
Mindfulness is about learning to pay attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and compassion. In this two-hour workshop, we will explore clay as a medium for deepening our experience of the present moment. In an open studio practice, we will learn to focus attention on the dance between breath and clay, awakening to our present moment experience through the senses.
The emphasis will be on the process of working with clay while not being attached to the product we create.
Everyone will be invited to take their clay home to continue developing a mindfulness practice.
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Please note: 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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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