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.
Karin Pavey has been a ceramic instructor for many years at the Gardiner Museum.
She began her ceramic studies in Sweden and is a graduate of both Sheridan College and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), where she received a BFA.
In addition, she has taught at Sheridan College and the ROM, and is currently an art educator for the Toronto District School Board. Through in-class demonstrations and dialogue, she strives to encourage a passion for making objects out of clay. Karin is an established and respected Canadian potter whose colorful tableware has been exhibited in North America and Europe. She has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including grants from the Ontario Arts Council, and her work has been showcased extensively in both public and private collections. Karin travels frequently to Europe, where she continues to draw inspiration for her work.
Using mainly hand-building techniques, but also some wheel-throwing, this course will focus on creating unique tableware. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students.
Using mainly hand-building techniques, but also some wheel-throwing, this course will focus on creating unique tableware. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students....
Create decorative, functional, and sculptural pieces using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Learn about the possibilities, processes, and histories of clay.
Create decorative, functional, and sculptural pieces using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Learn about the possibilities, processes, and histories of clay....
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