We're thrilled to welcome you back safely to the Gardiner with new artworks and exhibitions, hands-on activities, studio classes, dining, shopping, and more. Plan your visit today!
We've reopened our doors with a series of new artworks and exhibitions on display, including Garniture Remix, an installation of vases and vessels from all areas of the collection. There's so much to discover this season!
Explore the potential of working with clay (without the commitment) in one of our weekly drop in classes, currently running on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with online registration opening at 10 am on the morning of the class.
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!
We need your support to continue to offer innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects online, as well as plan for the future. Please consider making a donation to help us build community with clay.
What is Slow Art Day?
Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.
When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers.
Slow Art Day 2021
This year, we created a virtual slow looking exercise that focuses on two ceramic sculptures from The Diana Reitberger Collection by Japanese women artists at the top of their field. We invite you to follow the prompts, which encourage a deeper engagement with the works. Press play, relax, and enjoy!
Fujikasa Satoko (b. 1980) crafts dynamic and fluid sculptures that are hand built using traditional Shigaraki clay and the tehineri technique, in which slender coils of coarse yet pliable clay are blended, requiring months of work to complete a single form. Because of the extraordinary thinness of the walls, especially toward the top, the pinching and pulling of the clay is a race against time and drying. She views her aesthetic as representing the interaction between form and air, a synergy between the solidity of clay and the intangible forces of nature.
Hattori Makiko (b. 1984) creates swirling, densely packed sculptures that are completely covered, both inside and out, with thousands of tiny bundles of ribbon-shaped clay shavings evocative of flower petals. This exceptionally meticulous and time-consuming technique, which involves application with a thin needle, requires a form of rhythmic repetitiveness in which the artist finds personal serenity.
Header: Fujikasa Satoko, Hiten; Seraphim, 2016, Stoneware with white slip glaze, The Diana Reitberger Collection
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