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Porcelain tea and chocolate service in a leather case

Case for conservation: A leather presentation case gets special treatment

Discover the fascinating story behind the conservation of a leather presentation case for an 18th-century tea and chocolate service. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how it was restored and what secrets the conservators uncovered.

2 weeks ago

Holidays at the Gardiner Museum

December is our favourite month at the Gardiner Museum and the perfect time for a visit with friends and family. And this year, more than ever, the museum offers a safe space to reconnect and share in some holiday cheer. So we’ve compiled a list of our Museum must-dos.

1 month ago
Painting of houses on a lake at night

Blue Views at the AGO this winter

We recently stopped by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and found ourselves once again transported by the art and atmosphere of this iconic Toronto destination. What stood out was an exhibition by Toronto-born Chinese Canadian artist Matthew Wong (1984-2019).

2 months ago
Close up of black coral beads

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.

4 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.

4 months ago
Woman wearing white ceramic earrings while a circular stud and dangling half moon with gold stripes

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.

9 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.

10 months ago
Green and red ceramic figure with wavy limbs

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.

11 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.

11 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.

12 months ago
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