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On art and fashion with Krystyne Griffin

Krystyne Griffin, a fixture of local best-dressed lists who is celebrated for her striking and original style, has been credited with single-handedly bringing serious fashion to the Toronto. Today, she designs a highly-coveted collection of artisan jewellery sold at the Gardiner Shop.

2 months ago

Your portal to porcelain: Our Japanese gallery is going interactive

We’re currently in the final stages of developing of a digital interactive that will enhance our ability to interpret and bring aspects of our historical collections to life. The project will cast new light on our significant holdings of Japanese porcelain and Japanese-inspired ceramics from the Macdonald Collection.

3 months ago
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? We’ve got you covered! Here are 10 gift ideas that are as special as mom. Bonus: They’re all made in Canada by women artisans.

7 months ago

Update on the Gardiner Museum’s equity work: Spring 2021

An update from Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the Gardiner’s ongoing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity work.

8 months ago
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15 Canadian women ceramic artists to follow

This year in celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite Canadian contemporary women ceramic artists to follow on Instagram. It’s a great reminder that much of the most exciting talent in the field is right in our own backyard.

9 months ago
Ceramic faux-leather doctor's bag

Poetry and pottery: The Gardiner Collection becomes a muse

In July of 2020, students in a “Poetry and Pottery” seminar held virtually at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Centre in New York City wrote original poems based on the objects in our online exhibition Women and Ceramics. Curator Karine Tsoumis selected a few of her favourite compositions to share on our blog.

9 months ago
White ceramic sphere in a tree

Between fear and hope: An interview with artist Katja van den Enden

When we closed our doors for the first time in March 2020 as a result of COVID-19 , the Gardiner Shop was in the midst of a retail exhibition by German-born abstract artist Katja van den Enden. Last month, Van den Enden returned to the Shop with a new series of work inspired by the pandemic. In a recent interview with the artist, she offered insight into her process, her relationship with clay, and what she’s working on next.

10 months ago
Red clay bowl

Snapshot in clay: The Harmsen Collection of African village pottery arrives at the Gardiner

In March 2020, the Gardiner acquired 52 objects of African village pottery from the Harmsen Collection. The Collection, which dates to the early 1960s, is a snapshot of traditional modes of production that have changed considerably since it was formed, particularly with the introduction of plastics. It also brings greater diversity and perspective to the Gardiner’s collection of modern and contemporary ceramics, in which Black artists and artists of colour are underrepresented.

10 months ago
Blue-and-white Mexican albarello

Something old, something new: The story of a recently acquired Mexican “albarello”

Last year the Gardiner acquired a blue-and-white pharmacy jar from Puebla, Mexico dated to the first half of the 18th century. It was made using the same techniques as Italian maiolica, French faience, and Dutch delftware. The history of this object encompasses themes of trade, imperialism, colonization, cross-cultural exchange, and local innovation.

10 months ago

Update on the Gardiner Museum’s equity work: Fall 2020

An update from Executive Director & CEO Kelvin Browne and Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the Gardiner’s ongoing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity work.

1 year ago
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