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Ceramic head of Head of Xipe Totec

A spooky scroll through our galleries

Who says ceramics can’t be spooky? From an ancient god wearing the skin of his victim to a porcelain goblin, these objects from our galleries are sure to serve up a scare.

2 weeks ago
Rooster tureen, porcelain figurine holding a basket, and knitted omelettes

Opulent Omelettes: A story and recipe from the Age of Enlightenment

A taste of Curator Emerita Meredith Chilton’s new book, The King’s Peas: Delectable Recipes and Their Stories from the Age of Enlightenment.

2 weeks ago
Chef Jennifer Dewasha

Enlightened Eating: Chef Jennifer Dewasha on Changing Kitchen Culture

We chatted with Indigenous chef Jennifer Dewasha about equality in the kitchen, the importance of food and community, and what she’ll be cooking up for The Enlightened Feast on October 18.

4 weeks ago

A Ceramic Bug’s Life: An interview with Artist Daumante Stirbyte

A chat with Gardiner Shop artist Daumante Stirbyte about her familiar yet uncomfortable ceramic sculptures that mimic creatures in a natural history museum.

1 month ago
Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu

Under Pressure: An interview with artists Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu

We chat with artists Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu about their collaborative Gardiner Shop exhibition, Causality, a fascinating exploration of impact using clay.

2 months ago
Japanese lacquered chest, 1630-1640, maki-e technique, height 63.5 cm, length 144.5 cm and width 73 cm. Photos courtesy the Rijksmuseum

Object Spotlight: The Mysterious Journey of a Japanese Treasure

Originally made for export to the Netherlands in the 1630s, this extraodinary lacquerware chest mysteriously disappeared in the 19th century.

2 months ago
The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project

masa is clay

Artist and writer janet romero-leiva reflects on The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project, a Community Arts Space exhibition that brings attention to the ongoing migrant crisis and the decline of the monarch butterfly.

3 months ago
Jun Kaneko sculpture at the Gardiner Museum

Ceramics in the City: Your Summer Guide to the Gardiner

To get the most out of your next visit to the Gardiner, we’ve compiled a list of objects and experiences you don’t want to miss while you’re here.

3 months ago
Ceramic painted plate by Pablo Picasso

Picasso, kintsugi, and sea monsters: Current must-sees from the vault

We’ve taken some of the most interesting objects from our collections storage and put them on display for you to discover! For a limited time in our new Rosalie Wise Sharp Gallery, see a selection of objects from our permanent collection, spanning different time periods and geographies.

3 months ago
Walking Tour July 4, 2019

Cruising the Museum: Animating Queer Sexual Geographies & Histories

Christopher Smith dives into the complex history of ‘cruising’ and offers a glimpse into Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories, a Community Arts Space exhibition opening on August 1.

4 months ago