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.
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.
Learn how to make decorative and functional wares using wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, texturing, slip application, and more.
Learn how to make decorative and functional wares using wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, texturing, slip application, and more....
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