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Annual Friends Campaign

Help us share the vitality of clay and bring the process of ceramics to life!

This year, we are focusing on a transformation with the community at the centre: a redeveloped lobby that will improve the overall visitor experience and feature a Community Clay Studio. By having the process of making clay at the forefront, we will provide all visitors with a greater understanding of clay as a medium and form of artistic expression.

Key Features of the New Lobby

Community Clay Studio

By creating an additional clay studio in this prominent location, we will be able to:

  • Allow visitors to see how ceramics are made
  • Host an artist-in-residence twice per year, supporting emerging Canadian talent
  • Deliver classes to youth and children’s groups from priority neighbourhoods, through our Community Access Fund
  • Expand our art therapy partnerships to children, youth and adult groups after Museum opening hours
  • Improve our hands-on clay making programs on our Family Sundays, reaching more children than ever

New Shop

The current shop will be re-designed to integrate with the Community Clay Studio and the Lobby, featuring more Canadian ceramists.

Lobby Design

We will be working with KPMB on this project. As the architects of the current building, developed between 2003-2006, they can ensure that that their new design integrates well with the award-winning building.


Architectural renderings by KPMB Architects

Thank You to Our Donors

Current as of December 19, 2016

$100,000 +
Department of Canadian Heritage
Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney

$10,000 – $25,000
Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
Lorna Marsden & Edward Harvey
Shirley Wigmore
Michael Young Family Foundation

$5,000 – $9,999
Sharp Foundation
Margarete & John Woollatt

Hans Abromeit
Alison & David Appleyard
Rani Advani
Gail & Ian Brooker
Kelvin Browne & Michael Allen
Ellen & Brian Carr
Dick & Deirdre Cousland
Norma Croxon
Theresa & Philip Day
George & Kathy Dembroski
Douglas G. Gardner
Shawn Henderson
William E. Hewitt
In memory of Jim Jones
Gardiner Volunteer Committee, Joy of Ceramics Luncheon
Bruce Keilty, HUB International, HKMB
Tom & Milou Kelley
Heather R. Lochhead
Katherine A. Lochhead
Peter Montgomery
The Ouellette Family
Ontario Arts Foundation
Barbara M. Ritchie
Lisa A. Ritchie
Gretchen & Donald Ross
Kenneth Rotenberg
Esther & Sam Sarick
Deb Perna & Eric Siegrist
In memory of Carolus Dragutin Smejda
In memory of Elisabeth Smejda-Glass
Botho & Susan von Bose
Brian Wilks
Milton Winberg
Raphael Yu
In honour of the Gardiner Museum Potters

Up to $500
Diane Dyer
Patience Ellis
Lauren Gould & André Kassermelli
Neville & Lorraine Kirchmann
Ruth Hood
Lucy Klein Horsman
The Laundy Family
Orlena Lee & Derek Wong
Katy Liu & Alfred Yu
Gwen Maloney
Bette Ounjian
Pace Family Foundation
Wendy and Leslie Rebanks
Lyne Reid
Jan Shuckard
Joan Solway
Gail Vanstone & Kevin Karst
Marlene Wallace
Diane Webb
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