We're thrilled to welcome you back safely to the Gardiner with new exhibitions, hands-on activities, studio classes, dining, shopping, and more. Please note that all visitors 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination. Plan your visit today!
Renaissance Venice was a multicultural metropolis at the intersection of trade routes linking Europe to the Islamic World, with pigments, spices, and luxury objects flowing through the city. Discover a sensory world of more than 110 objects, including Venetian ceramics and glass, Islamic metalware, and contemporary art. Plan your visit now!
Our lobby clay table is open every day from 11 am - 3 pm. Make a wish or hope for the season out of clay and display it for other visitors to enjoy. As our clay creations begin to populate the lobby, the community installation will take shape. Help us bring this symbol of joy and creativity to life!
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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