We're delighted to announce that the Gardiner Museum will reopen to the public with two days of free admission on Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12. From July 13 onward, we'll resume our regular hours and admission rates. It seems we've been gone so long—we miss you and can't wait to welcome you back! Please read about our new health and safety protocols before your visit.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
We're excited to present a new live series hosted by Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in which an artist will share three of their artworks and speak about them in connection to a larger theme. On Thursday July 9 at 1 pm, Azza El Siddique, a Sudanese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and film, will discuss three of her artworks in the context of the theme “Absence”. Registration is free!
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’re closed until further notice, but we’re planning for the day when we can again welcome visitors. We encourage you to make a gift to the Gardiner. This will be vital for when we reopen, and is the optimistic message we all need.
In this special workshop, students will create objects using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques before applying special Raku glazes. In the last class, students will participate in the final firing of their objects. This method of firing is so immediate that you will be able to take your creations home at the end of the session.
Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 1 – 4 pm
Firing: September 29, 10 am – 4 pm
Raku is a pottery technique that has its origins in 16th-century Japan. The Raku technique, like other pottery techniques, primarily revolves around its firing. Wares are treated to a ‘post firing reduction’ phase. The wares are put into a container with combustible material such as sawdust and leaves and allowed to smoke for a predetermined length of time. The carbonaceous atmosphere reacts and affects the glazes and clay, and imparts unique effects and surfaces to the wares. Some of these effects are metallic and crackled glazes surfaces. When the wares have cooled, they are washed with an abrasive cleaner to remove all residues of soot and ash.
There is a firing maximum of three pieces per participant. This is due to the size of the kiln. The maximum dimension of an object is 30 cm x 10 cm. Two-dimensional pieces, such as plates and masks, cannot be fired.
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Please note: Gardiner Friends may only purchase adult clay classes at the discounted rate for membership card holders.
This workshop is non-transferable and non-refundable.
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Audrey Mah is a contemporary ceramist. She graduated from the University of Waterloo where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her studies in ceramic design at the Ontario College of Art where she received a scholarship.
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