The Gardiner Museum is open seven days a week. Explore our permanent collection, discover special exhibitions, get hands-on with clay in our studios, dine, shop, and more. We look forward to welcoming you!
Enter a world at once familiar and uncanny. The exhibition hall has been transformed into an immersive reimagining of Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo's home. Brought to life by over 500 miniature polymer clay figures, this is no ordinary house. The figures tell stories that reflect our most urgent social issues, from the pandemic and climate crisis to food insecurity and housing instability. Get tickets!
A new season of clay classes is open for registration! Sign up for stoneware, hand building, wheel throwing, and special exhibition courses. Winter is the perfect time to stay warm in the studio and learn a new skill. Register now!
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!
Limited time offer! Purchase or renew a Gardiner Friendship before January 1, 2023 and receive a free Get Acquainted pass (valued at $30) to gift to the art lover of your choice. Become a Gardiner Friend today!
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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