Like many of you, we have been closely following the developments of COVID-19. The safety of our visitors, campers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Upon the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, the Gardiner Museum will close temporarily effective Saturday March 14, 2020.
We will continue to take guidance from our public health officials regarding the duration of the closure and will post updates to our website and social media channels as they become available. We are grateful for your support and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to navigate this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gardiner soon.
The starting dates of our Spring Clay Classes will be delayed. Rest assured that no cancellation penalties will go into effect before the revised dates have been announced. We are working to develop a new schedule as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding.
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!
Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 1 – 4 pm
Firing: June 28, 10 am – 4 pm
In this four-session workshop, students will create objects using hand building and wheel throwing. Learn a variety of hand-building techniques as well as Raku glaze application methods. Raku firing is so immediate that you’ll be able to take your creation home at the end of the session.
Raku traces its origins to 16th-century Japan. The Raku method, like other pottery techniques, revolves primarily around its firing. The wares are put into a container with combustible materials such as sawdust or leaves, and allowed to smoke for a predetermined length of time. The carbonaceous atmosphere reacts with the glazes and creates unique effects and surfaces, including a metallic or crackled appearance. When the wares have cooled, they’re washed with an abrasive cleaner to remove all residues of soot and ash.
Each student can create up to three pieces. Due to the size of the kiln, pieces cannot be larger than 12” x 4”. Two-dimensional pieces, such as plates, cannot be fired.
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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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