The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. Please read our new health and safety policies before you visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're firing up the kilns again! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
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As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Tickets are sold online from 10 am – 12:30 pm or until they have sold out. You will not be able to add tickets to your cart until 10 am. If there are any tickets left after 12:30 pm they will be available in person only. Tickets often sell out very quickly. All drop in class tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
You will be given the option of purchasing a wheel seat or a hand-building/glazing seat, and may purchase up to two (2) tickets per transaction while supplies last. If you want to use an apron please bring one from home. Alternatively you can purchase a disposable apron for $1.
Please check in at the front desk upon arrival for the class. If the student or Gardiner Friend rate is selected, the customer will be asked to produce the appropriate ID upon arrival for the class. You must produce one (1) student ID per seat, and one (1) Gardiner Friend ID per seat, unless you are a member at the Friends & Family level or higher.
About Drop In Clay Classes:
Our drop-in classes are perfect for potters of all levels. Experiment with various hand building, wheel throwing, and decorating techniques, and then take your creations home with you! You’ll have access to an experienced artist instructor in a professional ceramics studio, including a variety of tools, earthenware clay, and more than 70 commercial brushing glazes.
It typically takes two (2) drop in classes to complete a finished piece—the first for making and the second for glazing. Firing takes two (2) weeks and is generally done once after making and again after glazing. The cost of firing is a minimum of $5 per piece depending on its size, which can be paid at the front desk. You do not have to fire or glaze your piece.
Picking Up Your Piece:
Clay pieces can ONLY be picked up during the following times:
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm
Firing takes two weeks to complete and pieces will be held for an additional three (3) weeks. Please check in at the front desk and note that there may be a short wait depending on staff availability. We do not provide bags or boxes.
Health & Safety:
Please note the following changes and safety measures:
By purchasing tickets you agree that you are NOT currently experiencing any of the following:
If you have any further questions about the drop in classes please feel free to click the help link below to email us or call us at 416.408.5070.
*The minimum firing fee is $5. You may be charged more for larger pieces.
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7