There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment closes January 19! Journey back in time to the kitchen gardens of Versailles and the intimate dining room of an amorous couple. Feast your eyes on porcelain peas, glass macarons, knitted cheese, and more fun surprises before they're gone.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register now!
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!
For the last ten years, the Gardiner Museum and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic have partnered to offer an engaging series of art therapy groups for women who have experienced violence. Since 2003, clients of the Schlifer Clinic have worked with a professional artist (Susan Low-Beer) and an art therapist (Suzanne Thomson) in the Museum’s clay studios to sculpt their trauma narratives in clay, transforming their pain and reconnecting with their resilience and strength.
This partnership was established by former Director of Education, Diane Wolfe. In 2013, these art therapy groups have culminated in a landmark exhibition, Transformation by Fire, designed to raise public awareness about violence against women in a sensitive, informed, and compelling way, and to provide accessible and inspiring real life role models for anyone who has either experienced or witnessed violence.
Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and members of the community, the Museum has raised the funds needed to offer free admission to the public for the duration of Transformation by Fire. Please take advantage by bringing your friends and family to explore this compelling exhibition.
Learn more about Barbara Schlifer and The Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1.866.863.0511 or awhl.org
Exhibition Programs & Events
Tuesday February 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
Patron Circle Preview
Wednesday February 6, 9 – 10:30 am
Members Morning Talk And Tea
Wednesday February 6, 9 am – 8 pm
Members Preview Day
Saturday February 9, 1 – 4 pm
Hands On Workshop
Tuesday February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Lecture: Susan Low-Beer
Friday March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
International Women’s Day Dance
Performance by Julie Lassonde
Friday April 12, 7 – 9 pm
Thursday April 11, 6:30 – 8 pm
Lecture: Body/Mind Expressive Arts
Thursday April 18, 12 – 1:30pm
Lecture: Humans Rights Watch
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