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!
Feeling stressed? In our four-week mindfulness workshops, registered art therapist Suzanne Thomson will show you a series of clay hand-building exercises to help you relax and reconnect with the present. The first class starts on October 28, so act fast!
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.
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.
Customers may purchase up to two (2) tickets per transaction, while supplies last.
Please note that we are currently limiting participation to age 18 and older.
Please check in on our outdoor plaza upon arrival for the class. Bring a piece of ID as you will be asked to produce one while checking in. If you have selected the Student or Gardiner Friends rate, you will be asked to produce the appropriate ID upon arrival for the class. Unless your membership is at the Friends & Family level or higher, each participant will require their own student or membership ID.
About THIS CLASS
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 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.
If you have any additional questions about our Drop In Clay Classes, please feel free to click the help link below to email us or call us at 416.408.5055.
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*The minimum firing fee is $5. You may be charged more for larger pieces.
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7