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
Join us for lunch at CLAY Restaurant overlooking Queen's Park. Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by design that highlights the Museum's focus on ceramics.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular clay-based Summer Camps give kids ages 6 - 14 the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Register early before they sell out!
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!
The holiday season is officially here! At the Gardiner, December is a time to discover festive treasures in our galleries, connect with family and friends through clay, and of course, to shop! With an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind ceramics, textiles, and jewellery, a visit to the Gardiner Shop is the perfect way to get into the giving spirit and support local artists. Our Shop Manager, Adeline, has rounded up a selection of unique gifts sure to please the art lover on your holiday list.
Andrea Vuletin | Floral Bottle Vases | $84 + $88 General / $67.20 + $70.40 Gardiner Friends
Add a hint of spring to any space with these beautiful floral vases by Andrea Vuletin. Each one features a unique array of plants and critters, which reflect the artist’s passion for nature. The design is incised into each vase using a delicate technique called “mishima.”
Jenanne Longman | Glamping Mugs | $36 General / $28.80 Gardiner Friends
Inspired by the traditional camping mug, these “glamping” mugs put an artistic spin on a timeless form. One of the Shop’s bestsellers, they’re sure to please any tea or coffee drinker on your list.
Evelyn Grant-Ornam | Animal Ornaments | $82 General / $65.60 Gardiner Friends
Add some whimsy to your tree! Inspired by the exhibition Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment, these one-of-a-kind ornaments by ceramist Evelyn Grant-Ornam can double as charming decorative pieces once the holiday season is over.
Jay Burn | Crystalline Bowl | $135 General / $108 Gardiner Friends
The exquisite patterns on this bowl are the result of crystalline glazes, which induce distinct crystal-like growth on pottery when fired. The slow, complex process results in one-of-a-kind, ethereal pieces that are as beautiful as they are functional.
Aitken and Hyde | Cake Stand | $165 General / $132 Gardiner Friends
This charming cake stand is the perfect gift for the enthusiastic host or hostess in your life. Just pile on some sweet treats to add whimsy to any tea party or brunch.
Alison Brannen | Dessert Bowl | $36 General / $28.80 Gardiner Friends
These beautiful dessert bowls by ceramist Alison Brannen will take anyone’s snack game to the next level. They’re versatile enough to be used for chips and dips, nuts, candy, or just about any other snack you can think of.
Makiko Hicher | Small Vase | $48 General / $38.40 Gardiner Friends
This beautiful vase by Makiko Hicher is the perfect gift for the stylish friend in your life. Minimalist with a pop of bright turquoise, it makes for a unique and versatile piece that’s both chic and timeless.
Earrings | $96 General / $76.80 Gardiner Friends
These structural earrings will make a statement at any holiday party. 3D printed and individually hand-dyed, they’re sure to excite the contemporary fashionista on your holiday list.
Eiko Maeda | Floral Bowl | $220 General / $176 Gardiner Friends
Eiko Maeda’s bowls are functional works of art (and some of the Shop’s best sellers). Made using a unique Japanese technique called nerikomi, each bowl is thinly structured and left unglazed to enhance the unique texture of porcelain clay.
Christy Chor | Small Ceramic Birds | $120 General / $96 Gardiner Friends
How charming would these birds look as a wintery holiday centerpiece, on your windowsill, or perched on a bookshelf? Perfect for the nature-lover in your life, these ceramic birds bring a touch of the outdoors into any space.
Gardiner Friends get 20% off their purchases until December 31. With memberships starting at just $30, join today to take advantage of this limited-time offer!
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