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
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.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets 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!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
Ian Symons is a ceramic artist who has been called “one of the most gifted colourists working in Canada today.”
He studied painting and ceramics, receiving a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), and an MFA from Alfred State University.
Ian has taught at Ohio State University, Penland School of Crafts, Sheridan College, and George Brown College. He has exhibited in Canada and internationally, including shows at Canada House Gallery (London, England), Prime Gallery (Toronto), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), and Nancy Margolis (New York City). His work can also be found in several published catalogues and at the Museum of Civilization, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Gardiner Museum. Ian has received grants and awards in national and international shows.
One of the early leaders in the use of contemporary earthenware, he has a notable understanding and ability with clay. Ian is known for his striking forms and nuanced surfaces. His painted hand-built pottery draws influences from history yet is intensely personal. Using layered glazes and drawing, he addresses how surface interacts with form. Ian uses pottery forms, rich glazes, and fine drawings to entice one to touch the work and turn it to see how the form and decoration evolve.
Students can explore decorating techniques directly on pieces of pottery or by working on experimental tiles in preparation for surface treatments on future pieces.
Students can explore decorating techniques directly on pieces of pottery or by working on experimental tiles in preparation for surface treatments on future pieces....
This week-long camp is open to kids ages 7 - 14 with all levels of experience. Kids will create crazy creatures and learn how to sculpt functional ceramic pieces and decorate using glazes.
This week-long camp is open to kids ages 7 - 14 with all levels of experience. Kids will create crazy creatures and learn how to sculpt functional ceramic pieces and decorate using glazes....
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